Yao Xiao

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

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About Me

I am a second-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:

  • Video understanding: Empowering models with the capability to process unlimited-length videos efficiently.

  • Explainable AI: Unveiling model perceptions of the world to enable a transparent latent space.

  • Robustness: Improving models' resilience against image distortions and adversarial examples.

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] [Bibtex]
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] [Bibtex]

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Research Experience

AWS AI Rekognition, Amazon, Seattle, WA
Applied Scientist Intern. May 2023 – August 2023
Mentors: Bing Shuai, Xunyu Lin, N Dinesh Reddy; Manager:Davide Modolo

Amazon Rekognition

Computer Vision Group, UIUC, Champaign, IL
Research Assistant. August 2022 – Present
Advisor: Prof. Derek Hoiem

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

IRIS Computer Vision Lab, USC, Los Angeles, CA
Research Assistant. May 2021 – May 2022
Advisor: Prof. Ram Nevatia

University of Southern California

iLab, USC, Los Angeles, CA
Research Assistant. August 2020 – December 2021
Advisor: Prof. Laurent Itti

University of Southern California


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

Keep going.

Some thoughts on the end of the first semester of my PhD life.

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Academic Service


  • Conference: CVPR (2024, 2023, 2022), ICLR 2023, WACV 2023, ECCV 2022, TCV@CVPR 2022, AIBSD@AAAI 2022.

  • Journal: IEEE Access.

Last Updated: 12/10/2023, 1:02:13 PM