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Yuchen Xiao

PhD Student


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
442 West Village H
Boston, MA  02115


Yuchen Xiao is a PhD student studying robotics at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Christopher Amato. Yuchen’s research is focused on developing more efficient and reliable multi-robot systems. Prior to joining the PhD program, Yuchen earned his Master of Science from Columbia University, his Master of Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in China, and his Bacheloror Science from Kunming University of Science and Technology in China.


  • MS, Columbia University in the City of New York
  • MEng, Dalian University of Technology – China
  • BS, Kunming University of Science and Technology – China

About Me

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

Currently, I am pursuing a PhD degree in the College of Computer and Information Science with a concentration on multi-robot systems advised by Professor Christopher Amato.

What are your research interests?

My research interests are to apply reinforcement learning, artificial intelligence, and optimization techniques to create more efficient multi-robot systems.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I’d like to develop a more reliable and effective decision making algorithm for the multi-robot system, and not only to enable the robots to safely, quickly and collaboratively perform tasks, but also to make the entire system more efficient under various contexts with more complicated constraints.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

Currently, as robots are becoming more and more intelligent, they’ll start to enter our working and life environments socially, performing human tasks. Robots cooperating with each other and collaborating with humans will become the next frontier.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I would like become an expert in the robotics field and a professional in both the hardware and the software of robotics.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

Shenyang, in the northeast of China.