Xieyuan Zhang (张解元)


Recent News:
[Jan 2020] I will join Wayve as a software engineer in Fall 2020, check out our recent video on Learned Urban Driving in Cambridge, UK.

[Nov 2019] I attended the Full Stack Deep Learning Bootcamp at UC Berkeley, see Certificate of Completion.


Hi, I’m Xieyuan (Francis), welcome to my homepage!

I am currently a second-year master student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. I’m part of the Jackrabbot team at Stanford Vision and Learning Lab, under guidance of Dr. Claudia Pérez D’Arpino.

My current research interests at Stanford are as follows:

  1. Efficient and interpretable learning from demonstration (LfD) for robot social navigation

  2. Model-based safe exploration in near accident scenario

Besides, I’ve long been interested in the broad topic of mixed-autonomy traffic, especially decision making of autonomous vehicle when interacting with human-driven vehicles.

I received my B.Eng. in automotive engineering from School of Vehicle and Mobility (SVM), Tsinghua University in 2018. I was fortunate to intern at Wayve in 2019.



Safety-Guaranteed Gaussian Process-based MPC
advised by Prof. Marco Pavone
AA203: Optimal and Learning-based Control, Stanford

report / poster / code



Stabilizing Traffic using Inverse Reinforcement Learning
advised by Prof. Dorsa Sadigh
CS333: Safe and Interactive Robotics, Stanford

report / slides / code


Measurement and Evaluation of Water and Gas Distribution in Vehicular PEM Fuel Cell
advised by Prof. Liangfei Xu
(Undergraduate) Senior Research Project, Tsinghua

report / slides (both in Chinese)



Design Space Exploration for Series Plugin Hybrid Electric Delivery Truck
advised by Prof. Giorgio Rizzoni
CERC Truck Project, OSU




  1. Jung, D., Ahmed, Q., Zhang, X., & Rizzoni, G. (2018). Mission-based Design Space Exploration for Powertrain Electrification of Series Plugin Hybrid Electric Delivery Truck (No. 2018-01-1027). SAE Technical Paper. [PDF]

  2. Hu, Y., Feng, S., Yao, C., Shao, W., Xu, L., Zhang, X., … & Yan, R. (2017). Evaluation of a Commercial Demonstration Bus Line Utilizing Wireless Charging Technology. SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, 10(2017-01-0651), 373-385. [PDF]