Yixin Zhu

Yixin Zhu




I am a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Song-Chun Zhu’s VCLA lab at UCLA.

My 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.

My work is currently supported by ONR MURI on Scene Understanding, DARPA XAI, and ONR Cognitive Systems for Human-Machine Teaming. I am 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.

We are looking for highly motivated students with exceptional programming skills and solid math background to work on 3D computer vision, abstract reasoning, physics-based simulation, and robotics. If you are a UCLA student and interested in working with me, please read some papers from the reading list before sending me an email. For a partial list of ongoing projects in the lab, see VCLA Project Bulletin.


  • 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