Hi! I am Yao, nice to meet you!

I am currently a Ph.D. student at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), working in the group of Human-Centered Technologies for Learning led by Prof. Dr. Enkelejda Kasneci. Before this, I pursued my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Tübingen from 2019 to 2023. I received my master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from TUM in 2019. Additionally, I hold dual B.Eng. degrees in Mechatronics from Tongji University in Shanghai and Munich University of Applied Sciences in 2016.

My research interests lie in building human-centered AI models that can capture human intelligence, understand human needs, and provide explanations. I focus on utilizing explainable AI (XAI) techniques to augment the interpretability, trustworthiness, and user-friendliness of AI systems for end-users. My overarching research goal is to design models that facilitate efficient and safe human-AI collaboration.


    December 2023: One paper accepted to AAAI.
    November 2023: One paper accepted to TPAMI.
    October 2023: I received TUM Seed Fund to coordinate the EU Horizon project proposal.
    August 2023: I serve as a Diversity and Accessibility Chair at ETRA 2024 in Glasgow (ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications).
    May 2023: One paper accepted to UAI 2023.
    April 2023: I move to Munich and continue my Ph.D. at TU Munich in the group Human-Centered Technologies for Learning.
    March 2023: One paper accepted to End-to-End Autonomous Driving @ CVPR 2023.
    September 2022: I join DATA Lab led by Dr. Xia "Ben" Hu as a visiting scholar at Rice University, Houston.
    August 2022: I serve as a Diversity and Inclusion Chair at ETRA 2023 in Tübingen.