🦸🏻‍♂️ About Me

🔊 My name pounces as: Yi-Chin

I am a fifth-year Computer Science M.S./Ph.D. candidate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a proud member of The Cake Lab research group. I feel extremely fortunate to be advised by my kind and wise advisor Prof. Tian Guo.

My research interest lies in ubiquitous computing, augmented reality, and computer vision. My recent research projects have a strong focus on improving photorealism in mobile AR by developing novel environment lighting sensing systems. The insights of my research are mainly derived from the investigation of mobile device dynamics, physical modeling of spatial transformations, and data-driven studies. In the past, I have designed machine learning models and real-time systems for mobile AR environment lighting estimation. I’m also interested in security and privacy issues associated with photorealism in AR.

In the past, I have interned at Google AR&VR, Kuaishou Y-tech Graphics AI team, Baidu. In my spare time, I enjoy being in the nature, road tripping, and work on my website templates.

📰 News


📢 Latest: I'm a Ph.D. candidate now!

  • 03/31/2023 🎉 We have released the code of our UbiComp 2022 paper LitAR.
  • 12/15/2022 🎉 Received student travel grant from HotMobile 2023, thank you!
  • 12/15/2022 🎉 Passed my classes and research qualifications, I'm a Ph.D. candidate now!
  • 12/09/2022 🎉 One paper accepted by HotMobile 2023!
  • 01/18/2022 🎉 I joined the Y-tech Graphics AI team as a research intern.
  • 05/17/2022 🎉 Our paper LitAR is accepted by UbiComp 2022!
  • 05/17/2022 🎉 Our paper Privacy-preserving Reflection Rendering for Augmented Reality is accepted by ACM MM 2022!
  • 03/04/2022 🎉 I will join Google as a research intern in the summer!
  • 01/18/2022 🎉 I joined the Y-tech Graphics AI team as a research intern.
  • 05/24/2021 ✨ We just released the Xihe source code! Check our GitHub repo.
  • 04/15/2021 🎉 I will join the Y-tech Graphics AI team as a research intern in next spring!
  • 04/15/2021 🎉 I'm thrilled to announce that I will continue my Ph.D. study at The Cake Lab with Prof. Tian Guo.
  • 04/15/2021 🎉 I've presented my M.S. Thesis.
  • 04/03/2021PointAR source code is now released! Check our GitHub repo.
  • 03/25/2021 🔥 New paper on mobile system for 3D vision-based lighting estimation has been conditionally accepted to MobiSys 2021.
  • 08/25/2020 🎙️ I presented our efficient mobile AR lighting estimation paper at ECCV 2020.
  • 07/22/2020 🔥 Our paper on efficient mobile AR lighting estimation neural network has been accepted to ECCV 2020.
  • 03/03/2020 🎙️ I presented my poster at the HotMobile 2020 conference in Austin, TX.
  • 02/01/2020 🔥 Our poster on mobile AR lighting estimation has been accepted to HotMobile 2020.
  • 08/26/2019 🦸🏻‍♂️ I joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute CakeLab.
  • 10/26/2018 🎙️ I presented our paper on ASMMC-MMAC 2018 workshop.
  • 10/15/2018 🏆 I received Wang Kechang Technology innovation scholarship (<1%).
  • 10/13/2018 🏆 I received annual special scholarship at Tianjin Normal University (top 5%).
  • 08/15/2018 🔥 Our paper about human speech emotion in spectrogram representation has submitted to ACM Multimedia 2018 ASMMC-MMAC workshop!
  • 07/04/2018 👨🏻‍💻 I joined the DuerOS department at Baidu, Inc as a frontend software engineer intern.
  • 09/30/2017 🏆  I received third prize of the 2017 China national Mobile Innovation Contest (top 6%).
  • 09/30/2016 🏆  I received third prize of the 2016 China national Mobile Innovation Contest (top 10%).

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🥷 Experiences

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
Ph.D. Student in TheCakeLab, advised by Prof. Tian Guo
Aug 2021 - Present
Google, Mountain View, CA
Student Researcher
May 2022 - May 2023
Kuaishou Technology, Palo Alto, CA
Research Intern
Jan, 2022 - May, 2022
Baidu, Beijing, China
Software Engineering Intern
Jun, 2018 - Sept, 2018
Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, China
Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering
Sept, 2015 - Jun, 2019

📄 Publications

Toward Scalable and Controllable AR Experimentation
Ashkan GanjYiqin ZhaoFederico GalbiatiTian Guo 
1st ACM Workshop on Mobile Immersive Computing, Networking, and Systems
Multi-Camera Lighting Estimation for Photorealistic Front-Facing Mobile Augmented Reality
Yiqin ZhaoSean FanelloTian Guo 
The Twenty-fourth International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications
LitAR: Visually Coherent Lighting for Mobile Augmented Reality
Yiqin ZhaoChongyang MaHaibin HuangTian Guo 
The Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies
Privacy-preserving Reflection Rendering for Augmented Reality
Yiqin ZhaoSheng WeiTian Guo 
30th ACM International Conference on Multimedia
FusedAR: Adaptive Environment Lighting Reconstruction for Visually Coherent Mobile AR Rendering
Yiqin ZhaoTian Guo 
IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW)
Xihe: a 3D vision-based lighting estimation framework for mobile augmented reality
Yiqin ZhaoTian Guo 
The 19th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
Artifacts Evaluated – Functional v1.1
PointAR: Efficient Lighting Estimation for Mobile Augmented Reality
Yiqin ZhaoTian Guo 
16th European Conference on Computer Vision
Exploring Deep Spectrum Representations via Attention-Based Recurrent and Convolutional Neural Networks for Speech Emotion Recognition
Ziping ZhaoZhongtian BaoYiqin ZhaoZixing ZhangNicholas CumminsZhao RenBjörn Schuller 
IEEE Access
Deep Spectrum Feature Representations for Speech Emotion Recognition
Ziping ZhaoYiqin ZhaoZhongtian BaoHaishuai WangZixing ZhangChao Li 
4th Workshop on Affective Social Multimedia Computing and first Multi-Modal Affective Computing of Large-Scale Multimedia Data
Exploring Spatio-Temporal Representations by Integrating Attention-based Bidirectional-LSTM-RNNs and FCNs for Speech Emotion Recognition
Ziping ZhaoYu ZhengZixing ZhangHaishuai WangYiqin ZhaoChao Li 
Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

❤️ Services and Awards

Academic services

  • UbiComp 2022 student volunteer.


  • ACM HotMobile 2023 Student Travel Grant.
  • ACM HotMobile 2020 Student Travel Grant.
  • China Collegiate Computing Contest.
    • 2017 national third prize, top 6%
    • 2016 national third prize, top 10%
  • University Scholarship, Tianjin Normal University
    • 2018 - 2019 academic first grade scholarship, top 10%
    • Wang Kechang Culture and Technology Innovation Scholarship, ≤ 1%
    • 2017 - 2018 academic year top grade scholarship, top 5%
    • 2016 - 2017 academic year second grade scholarship, top 20%
    • 2015 - 2016 academic year first grade scholarship, top 10%

📧 Find Me


赵一勤 | Yiqin (Pronunciation: Yi-Chin)
CS Ph.D. Candidate @wpicakelab
Research Interests: Ubiquitous Computing, AR, CV

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