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Bei Xiao Assoc Professor Department of Computer Science

Additional Positions at AU
Faculty Member, Center of Behavioral Neuroscience, BCCN graduate program
Post-Doc, Brain and Cognitive Sciences & CSAIL, MIT.

PhD, Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania.

BS, Chemistry, Tsinghua University, China.

Languages Spoken
Chinese, English, German
Book Currently Reading
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins
Dr. Bei Xiao's research focuses on how the human visual system estimate physical and functional properties of objects in our surroundings. Another focus of her research is to apply results from human perception and cognition to develop robust computer vision algorithms. Specifically, she studies perception and recognition of material properties, intuitive physics, estimation of 3D shape, perception of multi-sensory properties of objects in dynamic scenes. She uses a combination of human psychophysics, computer graphics, machine learning, image processing, and VR/AR techniques.

If you are undergraduate students interested in perception, VR, machine learning, computer graphics, human computer interactions, come and talk to me about some possible projects in the lab.

If you are interested in pursuing PhD studies with me, please contact me and apply for the BCCN graduate program.
See Also
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For the Media
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Spring 2023

  • CSC-208 Intro to Computer Science II

  • CSC-208 Intro to Computer Science II

  • NEUR-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • NEUR-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 2023

  • CSC-476 Computer Vision

  • NEUR-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • NEUR-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

 Human Vision, Computer Vision, Multisensory Percpetion, VR, Machine Learning, Crowd-sourcing.