Yao Xiao

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

Curriculum Vitae
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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:

  • Interactive AI: introduce human's prior knowledge to models to help it simulate human cognitive ability.

  • Explainable AI: give insights into how models perceive the world to enable a transparent latent space.

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


  • NEW [08/16/2022] Two papers accepted to WACV 2023.

  • [07/03/2022] Contributions of Shape, Texture, and Color in Visual Recognition accepted to ECCV 2022.

  • [04/13/2022] I will become a CS Ph.D. student at UIUC this fall.

  • [06/26/2021] Contrastive Learning for Domain Transfer in Cross-Corpus Emotion Recognition accepted to ACII 2021 as Oral.

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]
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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Research Experiences

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


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Academic Services


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

  • Journal: IEEE Access.

Last Updated: 12/28/2022, 10:38:19 AM