Dr. Yan Zhang


Basic Information

I am dedicated on human-centered AI, in particular on human behavior perceiving and synthesis in 3D scenes. This is an intersection area between computer vision, machine learning, computer graphics, robotics, and cognitive science. The goal is to capture high-quality human motions and infer behavioural intentions from various modalities, learn generative models of human behaviour, and synthesize it in novel environments. The core scientific challenge is to understand why and how our bodies move. The donwstream applications include digital scene population, synthetic data creation, computer-aidded design, game/VFX, smart home, healthcare, and beyond. I am actively exploring and implementing solutions to real world problems, in order to make our lives better.

I am currently a postdoc researcher at Computer Vision and Learning Group (VLG), ETH Zurich, working with Prof. Siyu Tang. Before I was a research intern at Perceiving Systems Department, MPI Tuebingen, working with Prof. Michael J. Black. I got my PhD degree at Ulm University with magna cum laude, supervised by Prof. Heiko Neumann.


Authors:Kaifeng ZhaoYan Zhang,  Shaofei WangThabo BeelerSiyu Tang

Interaction with environments is one core ability of virtual humans and remains a challenging problem. We propose a method capable of generating a sequence of natural interaction events in real cluttered scenes.

Authors:Siwei ZhangQianli MaYan ZhangSadegh AliakbarianDarren CoskerSiyu Tang

We propose a novel scene-conditioned probabilistic method to recover the human mesh from an egocentric view image (typically with the body truncated) in the 3D environment.

Authors:Siwei ZhangQianli MaYan ZhangZhiyin QianTaein KwonMarc PollefeysFederica Bogo and Siyu Tang

A large-scale dataset of accurate 3D human body shape, pose and motion of humans interacting in 3D scenes, with multi-modal streams from third-person and egocentric views, captured by Azure Kinects and a HoloLens2.

Authors:Kaifeng Zhao,  Shaofei Wang,  Yan Zhang,  Thabo Beeler,  Siyu Tang

Synthesizing natural interactions between virtual humans and their 3D environments is critical for numerous applications, such as computer games and AR/VR experiences. We propose COINS, for COmpositional INteraction Synthesis with Semantic Control.

Authors:Yan Wu*Jiahao Wang*Yan ZhangSiwei ZhangOtmar HilligesFisher Yu and Siyu Tang
(* denotes equal contribution)

Our goal is to synthesize whole-body grasping motion. Given a 3D object, we aim to generate diverse and natural whole-body human motions that approach and grasp the object.

Authors:Yan Zhang, and Siyu Tang

We propose GAMMA, an automatic and scalable solution, to populate the 3D scene with diverse digital humans. The digital humans have 1) varied body shapes, 2) realistic and perpetual motions to reach goals, and 3) plausible body-ground contact.

Authors:Siwei Zhang, Yan Zhang, Federica Bogo, Marc Pollefeys and Siyu Tang

LEMO learns motion priors from a larger scale mocap dataset and proposes a multi-​stage optimization pipeline to enable 3D motion reconstruction in complex 3D scenes.

Authors:Yan Zhang, Michael J. Black and Siyu Tang

"We are more than our joints", or MOJO for short, is a solution to stochastic motion prediction of expressive 3D bodies. Given a short motion from the past, MOJO generates diverse plausible motions in the near future.

Authors:Marko Mihajlovic, Yan Zhang, Michael J. Black and Siyu Tang

LEAP is a neural network architecture for representing volumetric animatable human bodies. It follows traditional human body modeling techniques and leverages a statistical human prior to generalize to unseen humans.

Authors:Korrawe Karunratanakul, Jinlong Yang, Yan Zhang, Michael Black, Krikamol Muandet, Siyu Tang

Capturing and synthesizing hand-​object interaction is essential for understanding human behaviours, and is key to a number of applications including VR/AR, robotics and human-​computer interaction.

Authors:Siwei Zhang, Yan Zhang, Qianli MaMichael J. Black, Siyu Tang

Automated synthesis of realistic humans posed naturally in a 3D scene is essential for many applications. In this paper we propose explicit representations for the 3D scene and the person-​scene contact relation in a coherent manner.

Authors:Yan Zhang, Michael J. Black, Siyu Tang

In this work, our goal is to generate significantly longer, or “perpetual”, motion: given a short motion sequence or even a static body pose, the goal is to generate non-​deterministic ever-​changing human motions in the future.

Authors:Yan Zhang, Mohamed Hassan, Heiko Neumann, Michael J. Black, Siyu Tang

We present a fully-​automatic system that takes a 3D scene and generates plausible 3D human bodies that are posed naturally in that 3D scene.