Sirui Xie

PhD Student
Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning and Autonomy
Computer Science Department, UCLA
Email: srxie [at] ucla [dot] edu

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I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science Department, UCLA, advised by Prof. Song-Chun Zhu. As a member of Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning and Autonomy (VCLA), I am also actively advised by Prof. Ying Nian Wu. I obtained BEng degree in Computer Science from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), advised by Prof. Fangzhen Lin.

My current research focuses on learning generalizable representations of i) core cognitive knowledge such as objects and physics, ii) high-level concepts such as categories and abstract relations, and iii) task-oriented abstraction such as options, affordance and utility, for out-of-distribution reasoning and generalized planning. The ultimate goal is to endow embodied agents with a computational framework to develop environment-invariant general knowledge from interaction and communication. I draw inspiration broadly from classical AI, cognitive science, and computational neuroscience, etc. Previously, I studied (Inverse) Reinforcement Learning and Multi-agent Systems. My works on the SNAS series pioneer the field of Differentiable Neural Architecture Search.

  • [Jan. 2021] The long-overdue finale of SNAS trilogy is accepted by AISTATS 2021!
  • [Dec. 2020] Gave a contributed poster presentation on Generalized Inverse Planning at MURI Annual Review.
  • [Oct. 2020] One paper on Neuro-Symbolic Imitation Learning accetped by CoRL 2020!
  • [Mar. 2020] Two papers accetped by CVPR 2020! Code for SNAS series is released on GitHub.
  • [Sep. 2019] I started my PhD at UCLA. Go Bruins!

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  • 2019.09 - present, University of California, Los Angeles
    PhD in Computer Science
  • 2012.09 - 2016.06, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    BEng in Computer Science, First-Class Honor

Selected Awards

  • Graduate Research Assistantship, UCLA, 2019 - present
  • Full Scholarship, HKUST, 2012 - 2016

Professional Service

  • Journal Reviewer: IEEE/RA-L


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