Dr. Jie Yan is an associate professor in Department of Computer Science, Bowie State University. She received her PhD in Harbin Institute of Technology in China in 1999. After graduation, she worked as an associate researcher in Microsoft Research Asia for two years. Prior to joining in Bowie State University, she was a Research Associate in Center for Spoken Language Research, University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a member of IEEE and ACM, a full member of Sigma Xi. She is an editor of Journal of Next Generation Information Technology. She also Serves as the chairperson of IEEE Virtual Instructor Pilot Research Group(VIPRG) Anthropomorphic Character Sub-committee. She also holds two US Patents and one Chinese Patent.
Dr. Yan is the director of the Computational Perception and Animation Lab (CPAL) at Bowie State University. It is the place where researchers share their ideas, knowledges, and enthusiasm. Its main research agenda is to study the methods for detecting and analyzing facial expressions and affect gestures for system recognition, including the study of realistic emotion and gesture synthesis for an anthropomorphic agent through computer graphics, computer animation and simulation, human-computer interaction, and video image processing.