Hi! My name is Xinwei (David) Yao. I am currently a software engineer at YouTube Advanced Capabilities and Effects Group where I work on bringing state-of-the-art generative AI to content creators.
I am interested in applied research and building products in the space of generative AI for visual media, and specifically in video effects and visual storytelling. 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). I received my 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 new hires with great success. At Yale Math Department, I have written expositions and given seminar lectures on 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 reviews.