Yong Cao

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Professor Cao is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the director of Animation and Gaming Research Lab. His research focuses on the application domains of Data Visualization, Computer Graphics, High Performance Computing, and Video Game based Learning. Professor Cao received his Ph.D. degree from the department of Computer Science at University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. He has worked at a leading video game company, Electronic Arts, before joined Virginia Tech in 2007.

Professor Cao and his team are currently conducting research for a variosus of projects, including "big data" visualization, massive crowd simulation, distributed visualization, In-Situ visualization, high performance data mining, animation-based story-telling, and video processing. He serves his research community by participating in several conference communities, including EuroGraphics, Pacific Graphics, Motion in Games, Siggraph Asia Sketch, and IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition. He also serves in the editoral board of ACM Computer in Entertainment.

Professor Cao is a member of the Institute of Creativity, Art, and Technologies (ICAT) at Virginia Tech, whose goal is to facilitate research, creative activity, and education in cutting edge technologies and their use in contemporary arts and design. n

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