Yaoping Hu

Prof. Yaoping Hu, PhD, PEng



Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

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Educational Background

Ph.D. Robotics and Neuroscience, University of Western Ontario,


Areas of Research


My main research area is in Human-Computer Interactions. The goal of the research is to suggest principles and methods for facilitating intuitive human interactions with virtual environments. Human neural mechanisms underlying visual environments. Human neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and visually guided actions are being applied to medical and engineering applications (e.g. surgical planning systems, autonomous robots). Specific topics include:

  • Neural networks to simulate the human process of high-level visual information
  • Investigation and modelling of neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and visually guided actions
  • Methods for cognitive-ergonomic interactions in virtual environments
  • Development of surgical planning systems for the treatment of lung cancer, including medical image processing

Collaborations are in progress with Dr. Oksana Suchowersky of the Movements Disorders & Therapeutic Brain Stimulation group; and Dr. Garnetter Sutherland of the neuroArm project.


Course number Course title Semester
ENSF 619.36 Science and Technology of Brain-Machine Interface Systems Winter 2022
ENSF 519.51 Brain-Machine Interfaces Winter 2022
ENEL 602 Virtual Environments and Applications Fall 2021
ENSF 545 Introduction to Virtual Reality Fall 2021
SENG 471 Software Requirements Engineering Winter 2021