About Me

I am currently a first-year Ph.D student at Virginia Tech working with Prof. Jia-Bin Huang. Prior to this, I obtained my M.S. degree from UC San Diego, advised by Prof. Nuno Vasconcelos, and my B.E. degree from South China University of Technology (SCUT), advised by Prof. Junbo Zhang, respectively.

My research interest includes Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Currently I am working on generative models and their applications for image and video manipulation. I used to work on the scene understanding for Self-Driving. My CV is available here.


  • Explainable Object-induced Action Decision for Autonomous Vehicles
  • Yiran Xu, Xiaoyin Yang, Lihang Gong, Hsuan-Chu Lin, Tz-Ying Wu, Yungsheng Li, Nuno Vasconcelos

    CVPR 2020 [paper / project page]

    A new paradigm is proposed for autonomous driving. The new paradigm lies between the end-to-end and pipelined approaches, and is inspired by how humans solve the problem. The objects that could originate hazard are denoted as action-inducing. They also define a set of explanations for these actions, which should be produced jointly with the latter. An extension of the BDD100K dataset is proposed. A new multi-task formulation of the problem, which optimizes the accuracy of both action commands and explanations, is then introduced. A CNN architecture is finally proposed to solve this problem.


    Snap Research
    May 2021 - Aug 2021


    Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

    Aug. 2020 - Present
    Virginia Tech

    M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Sep. 2018 - Jun. 2020
    University of California San Diego

    B.E. in Electrical Engineering

    Sep. 2014 - Jul. 2018
    South China University of Technology

    Professional Services

    Teaching/Research Experiences

    Teaching Assistant

    Jan. 2021 - May 2021
    ECE/CS 5424 Advanced Machine Learning

    Teaching Assistant

    Aug. 2020 - Dec. 2020
    ECE/CS 6524 Deep Learning, Virginia Tech

    Teaching Assistant

    Jan. 2020 - Mar. 2020

    Research Assistant

    Mar. 2019 - Jun. 2020
    SVCL, UC San Diego