Wang Kuo Tong Memorial Fellowship Recipients


Jiachen Wang

Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jiachen Wang’s academic interests lie in developing intelligent autonomous agents. He worked on several research projects: one concerns a new architecture of neural networks robust to adversarial attacks by simulating the human brain’s visual signal processing pipeline; another is a self-supervised reinforcement learning algorithm that enables agents to finish complex control tasks with only image-based observation. Currently, he’s working on model-based RL algorithms tailored for partially-observable cooperative multi-agent games.

Jiachen received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Technology from ShanghaiTech University in 2022. He participated in research internships at Shanghai Center for Brain-Science and Brain-Inspired Technology and Shanghai Qizhi Institute (affiliated with IIIS, Tsinghua University). He will be pursuing a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Zhicheng Ouyang

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Zhicheng Ouyang received a bachelor’s degree in Energy and Power Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. He is pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and his research focus is nonlinear dynamics systems. Examples include the neural mass model and spatiotemporal pattern of neural networks.

Zhicheng enjoys reading in his spare time. In the future, he hopes to become a teacher.

Saiyu Zhang

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Saiyu Zhang’s recent research involves signal controls in transportation. He and his lab colleagues are preparing to publish a paper on their research, “Determining Yellow Change and Clearance Intervals for Left-Turning Phases: An Evaluation of the Current Guidelines with Connected Vehicle Data.”

Saiyu earned a Bachelor’s degree in Highway and Bridge Engineering from Southeast University in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China in 2021. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering with a concentration in transportation at the College of Engineering.

Besides his academic focus, Saiyu is also an active drama director. In 2022, he directed a production of And Then There Were None with Immersive Live, the first Chinese immersive theatre in Ann Arbor.