Yao (Ava) Xiao

A first-year CS Ph.D. student @ UIUC

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About Me

I am a first-year Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supervised by Prof. Derek Hoiem.

I obtained my master's degree from the University of Southern California, advised by Prof. Laurent Itti and Prof. Ram Nevatia. Before that, I got my B.S. degree from Fudan University.

My research interests mainly lie in computer vision, especially in:

  • Humanoid Neural Network: guide models to become more human-like; simulate human learning ability; give insights into how humans perceive this world.

  • Robustness: real-world robust learning systems; robustness to image distortions and adversarial examples.

  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence: transparent, explainable, and controllable representation learning.

I am looking for CV research internship for 2023. I would appreciate a ping if you see a job I might fit. 🌟 😄


Selected Publications (* Equal Contribution)

WACV 2023

PatchZero: Defending against Adversarial Patch Attacks by Detecting and Zeroing the Patch

Ke Xu*, Yao Xiao*, Zhaoheng Zheng, Kaijie Cai, Ram Nevatia.

IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2023.

[Abstract] [Paper]
ECCV 2022

Contributions of Shape, Texture, and Color in Visual Recognition

Yunhao Ge*, Yao Xiao*, Zhi Xu, Xingrui Wang, Laurent Itti.

European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2022.

[Abstract] [Paper] [Code]
CVPR 2021

A Peek Into the Reasoning of Neural Networks: Interpreting with Structural Visual Concepts

Yunhao Ge, Yao Xiao, Zhi Xu, Meng Zheng, Srikrishna Karanam, Terrence Chen, Laurent Itti and Ziyan Wu.

IEEE/ CVF International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2021.

[Abstract] [Paper] [Code] [Website] [Video] [Poster] [Bibtex]

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A place to record my feelings, exploration, and growth. I intend to be casual here, so I decided to use Mandarin for some posts.

100 Day Paper Challenge, read one paper per day.

This is an excerpt from Crafting Your Research Future: A Guide to Successful Masters and PhD Degrees in Science Engineering.

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Academic Services


  • Conference: WACV 2023, ECCV 2022, CVPR 2022, TCV@CVPR 2022, AIBSD@AAAI 2022.

  • Journal: IEEE Access.

Last Updated: 9/4/2022, 3:53:16 PM