Yixin Zhu

Yixin Zhu


Dr. Yixin Zhu is an Assistant Professor of AI Institute at Peking University and Executive Research Director of BIGAI.

He received the Ph.D. degree (‘18) from UCLA advised by Prof. Song-Chun Zhu. His research builds interactive AI by integrating high-level common sense (functionality, affordance, physics, causality, intent) with raw sensory inputs (pixels and haptic signals) to enable richer representation and abstract reasoning on objects, scenes, shapes, numbers, and agents. He is a co-organizer of Vision Meets Cognition (FPIC) workshops, 3D Scene Understanding for Vision, Graphics, and Robotics workshops, and Virtual Reality Meets Physical Reality workshops.

During his Ph.D. and postdoc studies, his work was supported by DARPA MSEE, DARPA SIMPLEX, DARPA XAI, ONR MURI on Scene Understanding, and ONR Cognitive Systems for Human-Machine Teaming.

His group is looking for highly motivated undergrads, Ph.D. students, and postdocs with exceptional programming skills and solid math backgrounds to work on 3D computer vision, abstract reasoning, physics-based simulation, and cognitive robot. [Reading List]


  • Computer Vision
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human–Robot Interaction


  • PhD in Statistics, 2018


  • MS in Computer Science, 2013


  • BEng in Software Engineering, 2012

    Xi'an Jiaotong University

Recent Publications



Students Mentored

  • Wenhe Zhang, Master, Computer Science, UCLA, 2020 Fall
  • Xiaojian Ma, Master, Computer Science, UCLA, 2019 Fall
  • Xiaolin Fang, Ph.D., CSAIL, MIT, 2019 Fall
  • Shu Wang, Ph.D., Statistics, UCLA, 2018 Fall
  • Wenwen Si, Master, Computer Vision, CMU, 2018 Fall
  • Hangxin Liu, Ph.D., Computer Science, UCLA, 2018 Spring
  • Jenny Lin, Ph.D., Computer Science, CMU, 2017 Fall
  • Mark Edmonds, Ph.D., Computer Science, UCLA, 2017 Fall
  • Tian Ye, Master, Robotics, CMU, 2017 Fall
  • Feng Gao, Master, Statistics, UCLA, 2017 Fall
  • Xu Xie, Master, Statistics, UCLA, 2017 Fall
  • Xingwen Guo, Master, Computer Science, Yale, 2017 Fall
  • Chi Zhang, Master, Computer Science, UCLA, 2017 Fall
  • Jingyu Shao, Master, Statistics, UCLA, 2016 Winter
  • Yutong Zhang, Master in Computer Science, UCLA, 2015 Fall