Yizhou Yu is currently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley in 2000. His PhD thesis research is on modeling and editing real scenes with image-based techniques, and was under the direction of professor Jitendra Malik. He also holds a M.S. degree in applied mathematics from State Key Laboratory of CAD & Graphics, and a B.S. from Department of Computer Science, at Zhejiang University, China.
He has conducted a considerable amount of research in computer graphics, vision, and image processing, including computational photography, data-driven computer animation, image-based modeling and rendering, mesh processing, physically based fluid and granular material simulation, radiosity and global illumination, texture analysis and synthesis, and has more than 70 publications in journals and conferences. He contributed to SIGGRAPH as papers' coauthor, course organizer, and electronic theatre contributor. He is a recipient of 2011 and 2005 ACM SCA Best Paper Award, 2002 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1998 Microsoft Graduate Fellowship and 1992 Computerworld Scholarship. He was a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research Asia during summer 2001. His current research interests include biomedical image analysis and mining, data-driven graphical methods, computer animation, and geometry processing.
Dr Yu serves as an associate editor of the Visual Computer. He was a program co-chair of Pacific Graphics 2009. He has served on the program committee of various international conferences, including SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Computer Animation, Computer Animation and Social Agents, Pacific Graphics, Computer Graphics International, IEEE CAD/Graphics, Eurographics Workshop on Natural Phenomena, and International Conference on Computer Vision.