🦸🏻‍♂️ About Me

🔊 My name pounces as: Yi-Chin

I am a fourth-year Computer Science M.S./Ph.D. student 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. I am interested in designing system supports and optimizations for Augmented Reality (AR) applications. My recent research has a strong focus on designing system support for AR environment lighting understanding and photorealistic rendering.

Prior to WPI, I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from Tianjin Normal University (TJNU), Tianjin, China in 2019. During my undergraduate study, I worked with Prof. Ziping Zhao on audio signal processing, speech emotion recognition, and affective computing. In the past, I interned at Baidu (Summer 2018), Kuaishou Y-tech Graphics AI team in Spring 2022, and GoogleARVR in Summer/Fall 2022.

📰 News


📢 Latest: I'm a Ph.D. candidate now!

  • 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

Google, Mountain View, CA
Student Researcher
May 2022 - Present

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
Ph.D. Student in TheCakeLab, advised by Prof. Tian Guo
Aug 2021 - Dec, 2022

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

Multi-Camera Lighting Estimation for Photorealistic Front-Facing Mobile Augmented Reality
Yiqin Zhao, Sean Fanello, Tian Guo
The Twenty-fourth International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile'23)
LitAR: Visually Coherent Lighting for Mobile Augmented Reality
Yiqin Zhao, Chongyang Ma, Haibin Huang, Tian Guo
The Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT'22)
Privacy-preserving Reflection Rendering for Augmented Reality
Yiqin Zhao, Sheng Wei, Tian Guo
30th ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACMMM'22)
FusedAR: Adaptive Environment Lighting Reconstruction for Visually Coherent Mobile AR Rendering
Yiqin Zhao, Tian Guo
IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW) (IEEEVRW'22)
Xihe: a 3D vision-based lighting estimation framework for mobile augmented reality
Yiqin Zhao, Tian Guo
The 19th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys'21)
PointAR: Efficient Lighting Estimation for Mobile Augmented Reality
Yiqin Zhao, Tian Guo
16th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV'20)
Exploring Deep Spectrum Representations via Attention-Based Recurrent and Convolutional Neural Networks for Speech Emotion Recognition
Ziping Zhao, Zhongtian Bao, Yiqin Zhao, Zixing Zhang, Nicholas Cummins, Zhao Ren, Björn Schuller
IEEE Access (Access'19)
Deep Spectrum Feature Representations for Speech Emotion Recognition
Ziping Zhao, Yiqin Zhao, Zhongtian Bao, Haishuai Wang, Zixing Zhang, Chao Li
4th Workshop on Affective Social Multimedia Computing and first Multi-Modal Affective Computing of Large-Scale Multimedia Data (ASMMC-MMAC'18)
Exploring Spatio-Temporal Representations by Integrating Attention-based Bidirectional-LSTM-RNNs and FCNs for Speech Emotion Recognition
Ziping Zhao, Yu Zheng, Zixing Zhang, Haishuai Wang, Yiqin Zhao, Chao Li
Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH'18)

❤️ 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, jointly held by Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University and Apple, Inc.
    • 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%

📧 Contacts


赵一勤 | Yiqin (Pronunciation: Yi-Chin)
CS Ph.D. Candidate @wpicakelab
Student Researcher @GoogleVRAR
Research Interests: Mobile System, AR, CV, CG

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