Hi! My name is Michael Bao. Currently, I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University under the advisement of Professor Ronald Fedkiw. My current reseach interests are in combining techniques from video games and visual effects with computer vision and machine learning to increase the ability of machines to detect, recognize, and understand their surroundings. I am currently also working part-time at Industrial Light & Magic as an Associate R&D Engineer.

I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. During my time at Berkeley, I had the pleasure of working with Professor Adrien Treuille and Professor Rhiju Das on EteRNA as well as EteRNA's collaboration with NOVA. Additionally, I was the Lead Programmer on Chivalry: Medieval Warfare which has gone on to sell more than two million copies. In high school, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jason Tsong-Li Wang in bioinformatics.

My hobbies include scuba diving, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and playing video games.

I was supported by a VMWare fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Industrial Light & Magic

2017 - Present

Associate R&D Engineer


Summer 2016

Software Engineering Intern


2015 - 2016

Mobile Software Engineer Intern

Stanford University

2014 - Present

Research Assistant

Carnegie Mellon University

2013 - 2014

Research Associate I

Torn Banner Studios

2010 - 2013

Lead Programmer

High-Quality Face Capture Using Anatomical Muscles

Michael Bao, Matthew Cong, Stéphane Grabli, Ronald Fedkiw

arXiv:1812.02836. December 2018.
Paper arXiv

Improved Search Strategies for Determining Facial Expression

Michael Bao, Xinru Hua, Ronald Fedkiw

arXiv:1812.02897. December 2018.
Paper arXiv

Deep Energies for Estimating Three-Dimensional Facial Pose and Expression

Michael Bao, Jane Wu, Xinwei Yao, Ronald Fedkiw

arXiv:1812.02899. December 2018.
Paper arXiv

A Skinned Tetrahedral Mesh for Hair Animation and Hair-Water Interaction

Minjae Lee, David Hyde, Michael Bao, Ronald Fedkiw

IEEE TVCG. 2018.

Fully Automatic Generation of Anatomical Face Simulation Models

Matthew Cong, Michael Bao, Jane L E, Kiran S Bhat, Ronald Fedkiw

Proceedings of the 14th ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation. 2015.
Paper Video

Searching for Non-coding RNAs in Genomic Sequences using ncRNAscout

Michael Bao, Miguel Cervantes Cervantes, Ling Zhong, Jason TL Wang

Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics. 2012.
Paper Website

Stanford University

2014 - Present

Ph.D. Computer Science.

University of California, Berkeley

2011 - 2014

B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

CS248: Interactive Computer Graphics

Winter 2016, Winter 2017

Course Assistant.

CS148: Introduction to Computer Graphics and Imaging

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

Course Assistant.

IBJJF San Francisco Open 2018 - 2nd Place

White Belt, Adult, Middle Weight

VMWare Fellow

2017 - 2018

Photoshop CC 2015.1

Photoshop Intern, Adobe

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

Lead Programmer, Torn Banner Studios