Yixuan Wang 汪怡暄

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Before entering UIUC. I was an undergraduate student in the University of Michigan, major in Computer Science. I also obtained a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

I am working on the robotic manipulation under the supervision of Dr. Yunzhu Li and Prof. Katie Driggs-Campbell. I worked on deformable object tracking under the supervision of Dr. Dale McConachie in the Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Lab, investigated by Dr. Dmitry Berenson. I also worked on soft robot controlling based on perception information under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Sedal in the Compliant Systems Design Laboratory, investigated by Dr. Sridhar Kota.

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[Oct. 2023] I will start internship at Boston Dynamics AI Institute since Feb. 2024. See you in Boston!

[Apr. 2023] Our paper Dynamic-Resolution Model Learning for Object Pile Manipulation was accepted to RSS 2023!

[May 2022] Started my internship at Everyday Robots!


I'm interested in robotics, perception, manipulation and robot learning. Here are lists of research projects I have done.

D3Fields: Dynamic 3D Descriptor Fields for Zero-Shot Generalizable Robotic Manipulation
Yixuan Wang*, Zhuoran Li*, Mingtong Zhang, Katherine Driggs-Campbell, Jiajun Wu, Li Fei-Fei, Yunzhu Li
arXiv, 2023
website / paper / code / bibTex
Open X-Embodiment: Robotic Learning Datasets and RT-X Models
Open X-Embodiment Collaboration
preprint, 2023
project / paper / blogpost / code / data / bibTex
Predicting Object Interactions with Behavior Primitives: An Application in Stowing Tasks
Haonan Chen, Yilong Niu*, Kaiwen Hong*, Shuijing Liu, Yixuan Wang, Yunzhu Li, and Katherine Driggs-Campbell
CoRL, 2023
Finalist - Best Paper/Best Student Paper Awards (Top 1%)
project & video / paper / code / bibTex
Dynamic-Resolution Model Learning for Object Pile Manipulation
Yixuan Wang*, Yunzhu Li*, Katherine Driggs-Campbell, Li Fei-Fei, Jiajun Wu
RSS, 2023
Best Paper Award at IROS 2023 Workshop on Learning Meets Model-based Methods for Manipulation and Grasping [Link]
website / paper / code / bibTex
Tracking Partially-Occluded Deformable Objects while Enforcing Geometric Constraints
Yixuan Wang, Dale McConachie, Dmitry Berenson
ICRA, 2021
paper / video / code / talk
Teaching & Service

Conference Reviewer, ICRA, IROS, AAAI, CVPR

Journal Reviewer, Autonomous Robots.

Teaching Assistant, Senior Design Lab, Random Process @ UIUC. Honor Physics I, Honor Calculus II @ SJTU

Honor and Awards

Harriett & Robert Perry Fellowship, 04/2023.

Silver Medal for Capstone Design, 08/2021.

Shanghai Excellent Gradudate (Top 5%), 08/2021.

University Honors, 09/2019, 04/2020.

Dean's List, 12/2019.

Jackson and Muriel Lum Scholarship, 09/2019.

SJTU Undergraduate Excellent Scholarship (Top 10%), 08/2018, 08/2019.

Bronze Medal in University Physics Competition, 01/2019.

National Encouragement Scholarship, Ministry of Education of China, 09/2018.

The John Wu & Jane Sun Sunshine Scholarship, 09/2018.

SJTU Outstanding Student, 09/2018.

The Yu Liming Scholarship, 12/2017.


I learned Go when I was a kid, and I earned Go 3 dan (amateur).

I am a super fan of Cantonese pop songs and would like to learn speaking Cantonese.

Updated at October 2023. Thanks Jon Barron for this amazing template.