Professor Y.Z. Yu

PhD UC Berkeley

Tel: (+852) 2857 8238
Fax: (+852) 2559 8447
Email: yzyu<at>

Professor Yu received his PhD degree in computer science from University of California, Berkeley in 2000. He also holds a MS degree in applied mathematics and a BE degree in computer science and engineering from Zhejiang University. He was first a tenure-track then a tenured professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for more than ten years, and a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research Asia during 2001 and 2008.

Professor Yu has made important contributions to AI and visual computing, including deep learning, computer vision, image processing, graphics, and VR/AR. He is a recipient of 2002 US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007 NNSF China Overseas Distinguished Young Investigator Award, and 2011 and 2005 ACM SCA Best Paper Awards. He has delivered keynote or invited speeches at many international conferences, including IEEE CAD/CG 2009, International Conference on Digital Home 2012, and International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Robots (AIR2016). His current research includes deep learning methods for machine intelligence, computational visual media, intelligent video surveillance, and biomedical data analysis.

Professor Yu is an associate editor of IET Computer Vision, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics as well as International Journal of Software and Informatics. He was a program chair of Computational Visual Media 2017 and Computer Animation and Social Agents 2012, and a conference chair of 2017 International Conference on Machine Vision and Information Technology. He has served on the program committee of many leading international conferences, including SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, and International Conference on Computer Vision.

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Visual Media, VR/AR

Selected Publications

  • C Fang, Z Liao, and Y Yu, Piecewise Flat Embedding for Image Segmentation, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), 2018
  • G Li and Y Yu, Contrast-Oriented Deep Neural Networks for Salient Object Detection, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS), 2018.
  • X Han, Z Li, H Huang, E Kalogerakis, and Y Yu, High Resolution Shape Completion Using Deep Neural Networks for Global Structure and Local Geometry Inference, IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017
  • W Ge and Y Yu, Borrowing Treasures from the Wealthy: Deep Transfer Learning through Selective Joint Fine-tuning, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2017.
  • F Zhu, Z Yan, J Bu, and Y Yu, Exemplar-Based Image and Video Stylization Using Fully Convolutional Semantic Features, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (TIP), Vol 26, No 7, pp 3542-3555, 2017.
  • X Han, C Gao, and Y Yu , DeepSketch2Face: A Deep Learning Based Sketching System for 3D Face and Caricature Modeling, ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol 36, No 4, 2015 (special issue for SIGGRAPH 2017).
  • Z Yan, H Zhang, R Piramuthu, V Jagadeesh, D DeCoste, W Di, and Y Yu, HD-CNN: Hierarchical Deep Convolutional Neural Networks for Large Scale Visual Recognition, IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015.
  • S Bi, X Han, and Y Yu, An L1 Image Transform for Edge-Preserving Smoothing and Scene-Level Intrinsic Decomposition, ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol 34, No 4, 2015 (special issue for SIGGRAPH 2015).
  • B Wang, Y Yu, TT Wong, C Chen, and YQ Xu, Data-Driven Image Color Theme Enhancement, ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol 29, No 6, 2010 (special issue for SIGGRAPH Asia 2010).
  • Y Yu and JT Chang, Shadow Graphs and 3D Texture Reconstruction, International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV), Vol 62, No 1-2, pp 35-60, 2005.