Yixuan Wang 汪怡暄

I am a MS/PhD student 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 integration of perception and manipulation under the supervision of Prof. Kris Hauser. 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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[Feb. 2021] Our paper Tracking Partially-Occluded Deformable Objects while Enforcing Geometric Constraints was accepted to ICRA 2021!


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

Tracking Partially-Occluded Deformable Objects while EnforcingGeometric Constraints
Yixuan Wang, Dale McConachie, Dmitry Berenson
ICRA, 2021
arXiv / video / code / talk

Tracking the deformable objects with high robustness to the severe (self-)occlusion and obstacle interaction.

Teaching & Service

Teaching Assistant of Honor Physics I, UM-SJTU Joint Institute, Summer 2019.

Teaching Assistant of Honor Calculus II, UM-SJTU Joint Institute, Fall 2018.

Advisor of the Advising Center, UM-SJTU Joint Institute, Fall 2018.

Honor and Awards

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.

I graduated from Hefei No.1 Senior High School. I am happy that spent three years in such a great place! The experience of preparing for physics Olympiad helps me a lot both in knowledge and mentality.

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