Yuan Shen

Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Email: yshen47 AT

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I am a Computer Science PhD Candidate at UIUC. My PhD advisor is Prof. Shenlong Wang. My current interest is to leverage video prior to enrich 3D and 4D-level scene generation. With that, I have experience in static and dynamic 3D scene generation, 3D super resolution, generative video super resolution, and 3D-related downstream application.

During my Phd, I am fortunate to collaborate with David Forsyth, Katie Driggs-Campbell, Wei-chiu Ma, Duygu Ceylan, Niloy Mitra, Anna Frühstück, Zexiang Xu, Paul Guerrero, Chuhang Zou, Xiaohan Fei, Bryan A. Plummer, Shengze Wang and many other amazing researchers.

Previously, I completed my Bachelor's degree with the highest honor at UIUC, with a major in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. I was a research assistant at the Data-Driven Design group, led by Prof. Ranjitha Kumar. My undergrad research focused on fashion AI.

I am co-organizing the external speaker seminar at UIUC vision group. If you are interested in presenting, please let me know!

Inspired by Wei-chiu Ma, I have decided to commit 1~2 hours every week to provide guidance, suggestions, and/or mentorships for students from underrepresented groups or whoever is in need. Please fill in this form if you are interested.


  • 2024.02   Our paper, "Physical Property Understanding from Language-Embedded Feature Fields", is accepted for publication in CVPR 2024.
  • 2023.09   Our paper, "Sim-on-Wheels: Physical World in the Loop Simulation for Self-Driving", is accepted for publication in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).
  • 2023.08   Internship at Adobe as Research Scientist in San Jose, CA
  • 2023.05   Internship at Amazon as Applied Scientist in Bellevue, WA
  • 2022.10   Our paper, "To Explain or Not to Explain: A Study on the Necessity of Explanations for Autonomous Vehicles", won Best Paper Award at NeurIPS 2022 Progress and Challenges in Building Trustworthy Embodied AI Workshop (TEA 2022).
  • 2022.09   Our paper, "SGAM: Building a Virtual 3D World through Simultaneous Generation and Mapping", is accepted at NeurIPS 2022.
  • 2022.06   Our paper, "CoCAtt: A Cognitive-Conditioned Driver Attention Dataset", is accepted at ITSC 2022.
  • 2021.11   Passed my PhD Qualifying Exam! Very excited to be admitted to PhD Candidancy at UIUC!
  • 2021.07   Our paper, "Effectively Leveraging Attributes for Visual Similarity", is accepted at International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2021.
  • 2021.03   Our peer-reviewed extended abstract, "AutoPreview: A Framework for Autopilot Behavior Understanding", is accepted at CHI2021 Late Breaking Work
  • 2019.06   Internship at Reconstruct Inc. as Computer Vision Engineer in Champaign, IL
  • 2019.05   Graduated with highest honor in UIUC and start CS PhD at UIUC

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