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Accepting Psychology Ph.D. applications, Fall 2016

Bei Xiao

Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science

Additional Positions at AU

  • Faculty Member, Center of Behavioral Neuroscience
Professor Xiao studies human and machine perception of object properties in dynamic scenes. She did her undergraduate work in chemistry at Tsinghua University. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and did her post-doctoral research at brain and cognitive sciences and CSAL at MIT, and The Smith-kettlewell Eye research Institute in San Francisco. At AU, she is particularly interested in exploring how human adults use multisensory inputs such as vision, audition and haptics to make inferences of object physical properties in dynamic scenes. In the meantime, she is interested in applying perceptual results and models in simulation of virtual scenes using computer graphics that create rich multi-sensory experiences.


Post-Doc, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT. PhD, Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania. BS, Chemistry, Tsinghua University, China.

Favorite Spot on Campus
Favorite Place in Washington DC
Freer/Sackler Museum of Asian Art
Book Currently Reading
Languages Spoken
MATLAB; Python; C; JavaScript

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CAS - Computer Science
Don Myers Building - 204
Monday 4-5pm; Thursday 2-3pm.
Contact Info
(202) 885-6885

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  • Fall 2017

    • CSC-589 Topics in Computer Science: Intro to Computer Vision
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

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Wenyan B. and Xiao, B . (2016). Perceptual constancy of mechanical properties of cloth under variation of external force.  SAP ‘16, Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied perception, 19-23.

Xiao,B. Wenyan, B, Xiaodan, J, Hanhan, W, and Edward., A. (2016) Can you see what you feel? Color and folding conditions affect visual-tactile material discrimination of fabrics. Journal of Vision, 2(1).  

Xiao, B., Gkioulekas, I., Adelson, E., Zickler, T., and Bala, K. (2014). Looking against the light:How perception of translucency depends on lighting direction. Journal of Vision 14(3). 

 Akkaynak D., Treibitz T., Xiao, B . Gukan, U.A., Allen, J.J. Dermirci, U. and Hanlon, R.T. (2014) Use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) digital cameras for scientific data acquisition and scenespecific color calibration. Journal of Optical Society of America, A (31), 2

 Bouman, K.L., Xiao, B . Bataglia, P., and Freeman, W.T. (2013). Estimating the Material Properties of Fabrics from Videos. International Conference in Computer Vision (ICCV).

Gkioulekas. I., Xiao, B.,  Zhao. S., Adelson, E., Zickler,T., and Bala, K. (2012). Perceptual dimensions of phase functions for translucent appearance. ACM Transaction on Graphics (TOG).

Xiao, B. Hurst, B., Maclntyre, L. and Brainard, D.H. (2012) The Color Constancy of Three-Dimensional Objects. Journal of Vision. 12(4:6).

Xiao, B. and Wade, A.R. (2010) Measurements of long-range suppression in human opponent Scone and achromatic luminance channels. Journal of Vision 10(13):10.

 Xiao, B. and Brainard, D.H. (2008) Surface gloss and color perception of 3D objects. Visual Neuroscience, 2008: 25:371-385

Xiao, B. and Brainard, D.H. Color Perception of 3D objects: constancy with respect to variation of  surface gloss (2006). Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization (APGV06), 2006:  63-68.

Brainard, D.H., Longere, P., Delahunt, P.B., Freeman, W.T., Kraft, J.M., and Xiao, B . (2006). Bayesian model of human color constancy. Journal of Vision, 2006: 6, 1277-1281.



Research Interests

 Human Vision, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Crowd-sourcing.