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Yezhou Yang (杨 叶舟)
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Department of Computer Science
University of Maryland, College Park
email:yzyang at cs.umd.edu
Room 4470, A.V. Williams Building

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Brief Bio

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park . I am a member of the Computer Vision Lab at University of Maryland Advanced Institute of Computer Studies. My advisors are Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos and Dr. Cornelia Fermuller

My main interests lie in Computer Vision, Robot Vision, especially exploring visual primitives in human action understanding from visual input, grounding them by natural language as well as high-level reasoning over the primitives for intelligent agents, aka. Robots.

I was a recipient of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2011 , the UMD CS Department Dean's Fellowship award. Before coming to UMD, I conducted my undergraduate research on Visual Attention with Prof. Mingli Song and got Excellent Bachelor Degree Thesis award from Zhejiang University, China. I was a member of the robot vision group with the Zhejiang University Robocup humanoid team ZjuDancer (A short story on Robocup ). I was a recipient of the Microsoft Research Asia Young Researcher Scholarship 2009.

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Computer Vision | Robotics | AI, Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Sysytems | Other Publications

Computer Vision


Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yi Li and Yiannis Aloimonos. Grasp Type Revisited: A Modern Perspective on A Classical Feature for Vision. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) . 2015.

  • Paper Poster Project

  • Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Detection of Manipulation Action Consequences (MAC). IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR . 2013.

  • Paper Poster Dataset ROS package

  • Xiaodong Yu, Ching Lik Teo, Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Action Attribute Detection from Sports Videos with Contextual Constraints.British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC). 2013.

  • Paper Poster Dataset

  • Xiaodong Yu, Cornelia Fermüller, Ching L. Teo, Yezhou Yang, Yiannis Aloimonos. Active Scene Recognition with Vision and Language. International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV. 2011.

  • Paper Poster

  • Yezhou Yang, Mingli Song, N. Li, J. Bu, C. Chen; What is the Chance of Happening: a New Way to Predict Where People Look. The 11th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV. 2010.

  • Paper

  • Robotics


    Konstantinos Zampogiannis, Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller and Yiannis Aloimonos. Learning the Spatial Semantics of Manipulation Actions through Preposition Grounding. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) . 2015.

  • Paper Poster Project

  • Yezhou Yang, Anupam Guha, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Manipulation Action Tree Bank: A Knowledge Resource for Humanoids. IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids. 2014.

  • Paper Slides Salad Making Tree Bank

  • Ren Mao, Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Learning Hand Movements from Markerless Demonstrations for Humanoid Tasks. IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids. 2014.

  • Paper Slides

  • Yezhou Yang, Ching L. Teo, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Robots with Language: Multi-Label Visual Recognition Using NLP.IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA. 2013.

  • Paper Slides

  • Anupam Guha, Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Minimalist Plans for Interpreting Manipulation Actions.IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). 2013.

  • Paper Slides

  • Douglas Summers-stay, Ching L. Teo, Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Using a Minimal Action Grammar for Activity Understanding in the Real World. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS. 2012.

  • Paper slides Dataset

  • Ching L. Teo, Yezhou Yang, Hal Daumé III, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Towards a Watson That Sees: Language-Guided Action Recognition for Robots. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA. 2012.

  • Paper Slides Dataset

  • AI, Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Systems


    Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos and Eren Erdal Aksoy. Learning Manipulation Action Semantics through Probabilistic Combinatory Categorial Grammar Parsing. The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) . 2015.

  • Paper Poster Project

  • Yezhou Yang, Yi Li, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Robot Learning Manipulation Action Plans by "Watching" Unconstrained Videos From the World Wide Web. the Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence . 2015.
    Abstract will appear at the Autonomously Learning Robots workshop at NIPS Conference. 2014.

  • Paper Poster Baxter Demo

  • Somak Aditya, Yezhou Yang, Chitta Baral, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Visual common-sense for scene understanding using perception, semantic parsing and reasoning. Common-sense 2015, AAAI 2015 Spring Symposium .

  • Paper Talk

  • Yezhou Yang, Anupam Guha, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. A Cognitive System for Understanding Human Manipulation Actions. Advances in Cognitive Systems . (ISSN 2324-8416) 2014.
    Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Interpreting Manipulation Actions: a Cognitive Approach. Vision Meets Cognition Workshop, CVPR. 2014.

  • Paper Poster

  • Yezhou Yang, Ching L. Teo, Hal Daumé III and Yiannis Aloimonos. Corpus-Guided Sentence Generation of Natural Images. Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, EMNLP. 2011.

  • Paper Slides Results

  • Ching L. Teo, Yezhou Yang, Hal Daumé III, Cornelia Fermüller and Yiannis Aloimonos. A Corpus-Guided Framework for Robotic Visual Perception. AAAI Workshop on Language-Action Tools for Cognitive Artificial Agents. 2011.

  • Paper Slides Dataset

  • Other publications


    Ching L. Teo, Yezhou Yang, Cornelia Fermüller, Yiannis Aloimonos. Synergistic Methods for using Language in Robotics. Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop, PerMIS. 2012.

  • Paper Slides Dataset

  • Yezhou Yang, Mingli Song, J. Bu, C. Chen, C. Jin. Color to Gray: Attention Preservation. The 4th Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology, PSIVT. 2010.

  • Paper

  • Yezhou Yang, Mingli Song, N. Li, J. Bu, C. Chen; Visual attention analysis by pseudo gravitational field. ACM International Conference on Multimedia, ACMMM. 2009.

  • Paper





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    Professional services




    Education


     -Sep 2010 - present
      Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Vision Lab, University of Maryland, College Park
      Advised by Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos and Dr. Cornelia Fermuller

     -Sep 2010 - June 2013
      Master of Science, Computer Science Department, University of Maryland, College Park

     -Sep 2006 - July 2010
      B.Eng in Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China
      Advised by Prof. Mingli Song




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