Zhangyang “Atlas” Wang Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

Research is my profession, and everlasting passion. I work on Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Optimization, as well as their interdisciplinary applications.

I have had the unbelievable fortune to work with a group of ROCKSTAR students, who are much better than myself! My group, Visual Informatics@Texas, Austin (VITA), regularly publishes in CVPR/ICCV/ECCV, NeurIPS/ICML/ICLR, etc.

An up-to-date paper list can always be found in my CV. As of 08/2020, my top-5 favorite papers are (with my admittedly very biased and time-varying taste; and they're embarrassingly on five different topics):

My research has been recognized by:

  • Two federal faculty awards: ARO Young Investigator Award (YIP), NSF CRII Award
  • Three industry faculty awards: IBM Faculty Research Award, Amazon Research Award (AWS AI), Adobe Data Science Research Award
  • Four challenge prizes: CVPR'20 LPCV, ICCV'19 WIDER, ECCV'18 ChaLearn, and CVPR'18 UG2
  • A few more university-level awards: TEES Young Faculty Fellow, TAMU Engineering Genesis Award, UIUC Huang Research Award, UIUC CS/AI Research Award...

My favorite hobby is traveling. I have visited 43 out of 50 states in the US (to most of them I drove my own car as a backpacker!), and 5 out of 7 continents on the globe (Antarctica and Africa - just hold on a moment).

These experiences have instilled me with an open mind on human behavior, and a respect for those things that make us different and similar to one another.

Annie Hall (1977)

When I am not preparing for class, buried in research projects, or traveling the globe, you’re likely to find me:

  • Reciting and writing poems
  • Enjoying wines/sakes/craft beers/whiskies
  • Watching movies (I'm addicted to Woody Allen)
  • Cooking Chinese and Japanese cuisines (this is perhaps my real gift)
  • Doing early morning workouts in the gym; or hiking during the weekends
A liberal translation: “Life is hard. After all, it kills you.”

One Last "Fun fact": my first name accidentally pronounces like "not humble" in Chinese. That unfortunate coincidence has caused an annoying stereotype on my life. But it's such a hassle to change the legal name, so I'll live with it for the rest of my life.


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