Principal Investigator

Catherine Qi Zhao

I received my Ph.D. degree in computer vision and machine learning, and later did post-doctoral work with Dr. Christof Koch at Caltech, beginning my studies on computational neuroscience and mental health. I am lucky to work with a group of wonderful students and to think about cool questions on, for example, visual attention, recognition, active sensing, neural decoding, and mental disorders.

Ph.D. Students and Research Staff

Ming Jiang, postdoc researcher

I received my Ph.D. degree from National University of Singapore working with Dr. Zhao, and obtained my B.Sc .and M.Eng. degrees in Computer Science from Zhejiang University, China. Currently I am a postdoc researcher at the University of Minnesota continuing my research on attention experiments and data-driven methods for modeling attention and atypical attention. My research aims to understand the neural mechanism of selective visual attention and build attentional systems to predict where humans look at in natural environment.

Teris Wing Kin Tam, postdoc researcher

Hi! I obtained my B.Sc.(1st hon) and M.Phil. in Biomedical Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I received my Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore. After the master study, I worked for two years in the Hong Kong SAR government undergoing professional training in medical device management. After that I returned to graduate school once again to dive in the exciting field of neural signal processing and machine learning. My present fields of research include neural decoding, spike detection and massively parallel neural signal processing.

Shi Chen, Ph.D. student

I am currently a Ph.D. student working on attention, vision, and language, with new approaches in deep neural network and multi-modal fusion. I am also interested in applications in mental health. I obtained my M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Minnesota in 2017.

Yan Luo, Ph.D. student

I am currently a Ph.D. student working on deep neural networks and information fusion. I obtained a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Xi'an, China, in 2008. After that I worked in the industry for several years on distributed systems. I am now back to school and my interests are broadly computer vision and machine learning.

Sthitie Bom, Ph.D. student

I am a Phd student in the Cognitive Science program, interested in understanding the human capacity to make decisions, and how we typically exercise this capacity to design, embrace or resist decision-making production systems. I run a global reporting & factory control systems team for wafer manufacturing at Seagate Technology, and my current research is focussed around the feasibility of learning systems in real world applications.

Juan Xu, research staff

I obtained my M.S. degree from National University of Singapore with Dr. Zhao, and currently a research staff in the lab. My field of investigation concerns visual attention and the visual search ability in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ph.D. Students

National University of Singapore, now Co-Supervising
  • Mengmi Zhang (2015-present)
  • Junnan Li (2015-present)
  • Bingjie Xu (2014-present)
  • Juanyong Duan(2014-present)


Ph.D. Students
  • Chengyao Shen (graduated 2016, now Research Engineer at AutoX Inc., CA)
  • Qiang Zhou (graduated 2016, now Postdoc Researcher at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Weiquan Lu (graduated 2014, now Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore)
Research Staff
  • Xavier Boix (Postdoc, 2015-2016)
  • Shane Huang (research associate, 2014-2015)
  • Xun Huang (research intern, 2014-2015)
  • Haoran Liang (research intern, 2014-2015)