Hi! My name is Xinwei (David) Yao. I am currently a software engineer at Google Cloud AI where I lead a team on Machine Learning serving infrastructure and work on bringing Computer Vision products to enterprise customers.
Previously I was a Computer Science PhD candidate at Stanford University advised by Kayvon Fatahalian, researching Computer Vision and Graphics applications to video and film, and in particular video analysis and synthesis (Deepfake generation). Before Stanford, I worked at Google Search on its distributed serving infrastructure. Prior to Google Search, I received a B.S. degree in both Intensive Mathematics and Computer Science from Yale University in 2016.
I enjoy teaching and giving talks. I gave a SIGGRAPH 2021 talk on my deepfake paper and was the head TA for CS248: Interactive Computer Graphics at Stanford in Winter 2020. At Google, I taught internal engineering courses on Machine Learning with Tensorflow, and the anatomy of the Web Search Engine to other engineers with great success. At Yale Math Department, I have written expositions and given seminar lectures on quite a few mathematical topics including Network Algorithms, Graph Theory and Galois Theory. The lecture notes and essays can be found here.
Born and raised in Nanjing, China, I can speak Mandarin, English and Spanish and I love travelling to different places. In my free time, I am a cinephile and I watch movies from all over the world but mostly from US, Europe and East Asia. I especially enjoy thriller, horror and science-fiction films. I write about them too, usually short comments but sometimes longer essays.