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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 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.
  • Degrees

    Post-Doc, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT. PhD, Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania. BS, Chemistry, Tsinghua University, China.
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    Favorite Place in Washington DC:

    Freer/Sackler Museum of Asian Art

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    Languages Spoken:

    MATLAB; Python; C; JavaScript

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  • Spring 2015

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

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

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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.