Jie Xu

I am a Ph.D. student at MIT CSAIL, advised by Professor Wojciech Matusik in the Computational Design and Fabrication Group (CDFG). I obtained my B.Eng. 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 Computational Fabrication. 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.


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.


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] | [Video]

Prediction-Guided Multi-Objective Reinforcement Learning for Continuous Robot Control
Jie Xu , Yunsheng Tian , Pingchuan Ma , Daniela Rus , Shinjiro Sueda , Wojciech Matusik
International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2020)
[Project Page] | [Paper] | [Supp] | [Code] | [Video] | [Talk]

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]

Learning to Fly: Computational Controller Design for Hybrid UAVs with Reinforcement Learning
Jie Xu , Tao Du , Michael Foshey, Beichen Li, Bo Zhu , Adriana Schulz , Wojciech Matusik
ACM Transactions on Graphics 38(4) (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2019)
[Project Page] | [Paper] | [Video] | [Code] | [MIT CSAIL News]

Interactive Design Space Exploration and Optimization for CAD Models
Adriana Schulz , Jie Xu , Bo Zhu , Changxi Zheng , Eitan Grinspun , Wojciech Matusik
ACM Transactions on Graphics 36(4) (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2017)
[Project Page] | [Paper] | [Supplementary] | [Code] | [Video]

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

Awards & Honors

Outstanding Graduate in Tsinghua University
by Tsinghua University

China Computer Federation Outstanding Undergradate Award
by China Computer Federation

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


MIT Table Tennis Team Member

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

Championship in 2018 MIT Open U1700 Division (USATT rated)