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I aspire to reverse-engineer the human brain and mind, to build embodied machines that can see, learn and interact with human-level intelligence and social intelligence.

Area of research interests:

Embodied AI / Computer Vision / Cognitive-Inspired AI

About me

Hi, I am currently an AI research engineer at Institute of Infocomm Research, Agency of Science, Technology and Research. I earned my B.Eng (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) with honors (Highest Distinction) from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore working with Dr Cheston Tan (A*STAR) and Professor Wen Bihan (NTU EEE) . I am interested in the field of AI, specifically in the area of Embodied AI , cognitive inspired AI, and 3D computer vision. I was previously an A*STAR undergraduate scholar and recently awarded the National Science (PhD) scholarship, hence I am currently looking to do a PhD in the field of Embodied AI or cognitive psychology.

Latest News


  • [Publication] 1 paper accepted for Neurips 2021 PRIBRW
  • [News] Interviewed and featured in Straits Times and Channel 8 News
  • [Publication] 1 paper accepted for ICCV21 SEAI Workshop (Spotlight Paper)
  • [Academic Achievement] Awarded Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award (Gold Medal)
  • [Academic Achievement] Awarded NTU Class of 1985 Book Prize
  • [Academic Achievement] Awarded NTU EEE Excellence Award
  • [Research] Won 3rd Prize at NTU Final Year Project Challenge
  • [Academic Achievement] Awarded the National Science Scholarship (PhD) Overseas by A*STAR
  • [Talk] Invited Opening Speaker for AI Research Undergraduate Conference 2021
  • [Talk] Invited Guest Speaker for the NTU EEE Research Apprenticeship Program


  • [Competition] Won the Superlative Award, SIA App Challenge 2020
  • [Publication] 1 paper accepted for IEEE ICIP 2020
  • [Research] Awarded the Best Poster Award at AI Summer School 2020, AI Singapore
  • [Academic Achievement] Completed my undergraduate exchange program at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • [Research] Completed the undergraduate research ECE 2699 under Dr Ayanna Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
  • [Competition] Won the “Most Innovative 5G/IoT/Sensors Design Award at MAKEMIT Hackathon, MIT
  • [Talk] Invited Guest Speaker at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Alumni Sharing
  • [Voluntary Service] Invited Judge for the MLDAxSGInnovate AI Hackathon


  • [Competition] Won the 1st Runner up for Singapore-India Hackathon 2019, Chennai India
  • [Academic Achievement] Dean’s List for Academic Year 2018/19
  • [Research] Awarded the Excellent Research Presentation Award, 6th ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Conference at KAIST Korea.
  • [Academic Achievement] Awarded the NTU Silicon Valley Technological Study Trip Award


“AVoE: A Synthetic 3D Dataset on Understanding Violation of Expectation for Artificial Cognition ” [NeurIPS 2021 PRIBRW]

Authors: Arijit Dasgupta, Jiafei Duan, Marcelo H.Ang Jr, Cheston Tan


“PIP: Physical Interaction Prediction via Mental Imagery with Span Selection ” [ArXiv Preprint]

Authors: Jiafei Duan, Samson Yu, Soujanya Poria, Bihan Wen, Cheston Tan


“SPACE: A Simulator for Physical Interactions and Causal Learning in 3D Environments ” [ICCV2021, SEAI Workshop]

Authors: Jiafei Duan, Samson Yu, Cheston Tan

[Paper] [Code] [Video]

“A Survey of Embodied AI: From Simulators to Research Tasks.” [ArXiv Preprint]

Authors: Jiafei Duan, Samson Yu, Tan Hui Li, Hongyuan Zhu, Cheston Tan


“ActioNet: An Interactive End-to-End Platform for Tasked-Based Data Collection and Augmentation in 3D Environment.” [ICIP 2020]

Authors: Jiafei Duan, Samson Yu, Tan Hui Li, Cheston Tan

[Paper] [Code] [Video]

Professional Service

Conference: General Chair (ARSC 2021)