• Catherine Qi Zhao

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    University of Minnesota

    Office: Keller 5-213
    Phone: (612) 301-2115
    Email: qzhao at cs.umn.edu

  • My research is in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, computational neuroscience, and healthcare. In particular, I am interested in providing theoretical foundations and computational innovations in computer vision, inventing new machine learning methods inspired by many AI problems including vision, brain sciences, and medical sciences, and building intelligent systems that leverage both artificial and human intelligence.

    My recent focus includes understanding neural networks and developing networks and other AI techniques for emerging applications in healthcare and brain science, for example, to understand and identify neurodevelopmental disorders with visual behaviors, and to decode human motor intention with amputee patients based on peripheral nerve neural recordings.

News

  • our work on leveraging attention as an interface to understand reasoning and task performance in 360° videos is out. [project page]
  • we received an NSF RI grant to study attention and reasoning. [link]
  • our work on autism screening with multi-modality information is out. [project page]
  • I will be an area chair for CVPR 2020 and doctoral consortium chair for WACV 2020 and CVPR 2023.
  • we received an NSF S&AS grant to develop intelligent UAVs with active vision. [link]
  • our work on shallowing deep neural networks is out. [project page]
  • I will be an area chair for WACV 2019, CVPR 2019, and IJCAI 2019.
  • our work on emotion and attention is out. [project page]
  • we received an NSF SHF grant to develop efficient time-based deep neural networks. [link]
  • we are organizing the 3rd LSUN Saliency Challenge, in conjuection with CVPR.
  • the new book I edited is out -- it provides an overview of vision from various perspectives, ranging from neuroscience to cognition, and from computational principles to engineering.


  • our work on autism photo is out in Current Biology.
  • I joined the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as an assistant professor.
  • commentary about our autism work appears in Neuron.
  • press release at Business Insider, Huffington Post, MedicalXpress, Daily Mail, Futurity, NUS, and Caltech
  • our work is on the cover of Neuron. [pdf]

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