I am a final-year Ph.D. student at MIT CSAIL, advised by Professor Wojciech Matusik in the Computational Design and Fabrication Group (CDFG). I obtained my bachelor's degree from Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University with honor in 2016. During my undergraduate period, I worked with Professor Shi-Min Hu in the Tsinghua Graphics & Geometric Computing Group and with Professor Stelian Coros as an exchange student at CMU.

My research mainly focuses on the intersection of Robotics, Simulation, and Machine Learning. Specifically, I am interested in the following topics: Robotics Control, Reinforcement Learning, Differentiable Physics-based Simulation, Robotics Control and Design Co-Optimization, and Sim-to-Real.

Jie Xu

I am a final-year Ph.D. student at MIT CSAIL, advised by Professor Wojciech Matusik in the Computational Design and Fabrication Group (CDFG). I obtained my bachelor's degree from Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University with honor in 2016. During my undergraduate period, I worked with Professor Shi-Min Hu in the Tsinghua Graphics & Geometric Computing Group and with Professor Stelian Coros as an exchange student at CMU.

My research mainly focuses on the intersection of Robotics, Simulation, and Machine Learning. Specifically, I am interested in the following topics: Robotics Control, Reinforcement Learning, Differentiable Physics-based Simulation, Robotics Control and Design Co-Optimization, and Sim-to-Real.


News

09/2021: Our work EvoGym, a large-scale co-design benchmark is accepted by NeurIPS 2021.
09/2021: Our work on challenging in-hand manipulation is accepeted as an oral paper (6.5%) by CoRL 2021.
07/2021: DiffHand is covered by MIT News.
06/2021: Join NVIDIA simulation team as a research intern.
05/2021: Our work about differentiable simulation for robot co-design is accepted by RSS 2021.
03/2021: A paper on multi-objective robot topology search is accepted by ICRA 2021.
11/2020: RoboGrammar is covered by MIT News.


Publications

A Simple Method for Complex In-Hand Manipulation
Tao Chen, Jie Xu, Pulkit Agrawal
Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL 2021) (Oral: 6.5%)
[Project Page] | [Paper] | [BibTeX]

Multi-Objective Graph Heuristic Search for Terrestrial Robot Design
Jie Xu, Andrew Spielberg, Allan Zhao , Daniela Rus, Wojciech Matusik
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021)
[Project Page] | [Paper] | [Arxiv] | [Video]

RoboGrammar: Graph Grammar for Terrain-Optimized Robot Design
Allan Zhao, Jie Xu, Mina Konaković Luković, Josephine Hughes, Andrew Spielberg, Daniela Rus, Wojciech Matusik
ACM Transactions on Graphics 39(6) (Proc. SIGGRAPH Asia 2020)
[Project Page] | [Paper] | [Video] | [Code] | [MIT News]

View Suggestion for Interactive Segmentation of Indoor Scenes
Sheng Yang, Jie Xu, Kang Chen, Hong-Bo Fu
Computational Visual Media, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp 131-146, June 2017
[Paper] | [Video] | [Supplementary]

Extracting Sharp Features from RGB-D Images
Yan-Pei Cao, Tao Ju, Jie Xu, Shi-Min Hu
Computer Graphics Forum, Vol. 35, No. 8, pp. 138-174, 2017
[Paper]


Thesis

Interactive Point Cloud Segmentation (in Chinese)
Advisor: Song-Hai Zhang, Shi-Min Hu
Undergraduate Thesis, Tsinghua University


Awards & Honors

Gold Medal in the ACM-ICPC World Finals 2015
by Association for Computing Machinery

May 2015

China Computer Federation Outstanding Undergradate Award
by China Computer Federation

Oct 2015

Outstanding Graduate in Tsinghua University
by Tsinghua University

June 2016

Miscellaneous

Sept 2018 - present

Championship in 2018 MIT Open U1700 Division (USATT rated)
Individual

Oct 2018

Championship in NCTTA Upper New England Division in season 2018-2019
MIT Table Tennis Team

Feb 2019