Xiaosong Yang

Dr Xiaosong Yang

  • Associate Professor of Computer Animation
  • Tolpuddle House TA121, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr. Yang is currently an Associate Professor at the National Centre for Computer Animation. His research focuses on a number of topics relating to computer animation, motion capture and synthesis, data mining, digital health, virtual reality, surgery simulation, etc. He has produced more than 60 peer reviewed publications that include international journal articles and conference papers. As PI and Co-I, he has secured 12 research grants from European Commission, Wessex AHSN, British Academy, Leverhulme, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (UK), Higher Education Innovation Fund, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, BU Fusion Investment Fund, China Scholar Council, etc. Dr. Yang has supervised 14 Ph.D students, 7 of them have successfully completed their degrees. He has been appointed as chair and examiner for PhD transfer viva and final viva for several times, including External PhD Examiner for Durham University, the University of Edinburgh and University of Sheffield. Dr. Yang was invited to join the International Programme Committees for a number of international conferences...



Dr. Yang's research focuses on a number of topics relating to character animation, geometrical modeling, volume rendering, physically-based deformation, motion capture and synthesis, cloth simulation, virtual reality, surgery simulation, computer aided design. Since he joined NCCA in 2003, he is mainly responsible for the AHRC project “Fast Animator Controlled Synthetic Creature Skin Deformations” and GWR project “Retargeting Animated Human Characters”. His work on muscle modeling and deformation has aroused lots of attentions and has been widely reported by New Scientist, Wiedza I Zycie and MIT Technic Review etc.He has produced more than 60 peer reviewed publications that include international journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters.

Journal Articles




PhD Students

  • Simone Barbieri. Sketch based character posing and animation
  • Tao Jiang. Patient Specific Anatomical Modelling
  • Shuang Liu. Facial expression capture and retargetting
  • Zhao Wang. Motion Capture Data Processing and Retrieval
  • Junjun Pan. Sketch-based skeleton-driven 2d animation and motion capture
  • Xie Xin. Automatic Skeletonization and Skinning for Character Animation
  • Alex Wong. In And Out Of The Mist:An Artistic Investigation Of Borderland and Community
  • Arun Somasekharan. Automatic Surface Conformation of a Simulated human hand on arbitrary geometric shapes
  • Fangde Liu. Adaptive Motion Synthesis and Motor Invariant Theory
  • Charalampos Koniaris. Realtime Meso-structure deformation and rendering
  • Wayne Young. Aerospace Management using Visualization Techniques
  • Kun Qian. Virtual Reality based Surgery Simulation
  • Wenxi Li. Cloth Simulation

Profile of Teaching PG

  • CGI Techniques - MSc Computer Animation and Visual Effects MSc
  • Animation Software Development - MSc Computer Animation and Visual Effects

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Simulation Techniques for Animation - BSc SDAGE
  • Shape Modelling - BSc SDAGE
  • Effects Production Tools - BSc SDAGE
  • Computer Animation Production and Practice - BACVA
  • Introduction To Production Tools - BACAA, BACVA, BSc-SDAGE
  • Advanced Graphics Software Development Techniques, Level H, BSc - Software Development for Animation, Games and Effects BSc (Hons)
  • Object Orientated Programming and Graphics, Level I, BSc - Software Development for Animation, Games and Effects BSc (Hons)
  • Principles and Practice of Programming, Level C, BSc, Software Development for Animation, Games and Effects (Hons)


  • Neuravatar (Wessex Academic Health Science Network, 01 Apr 2015). In Progress
  • Nurturing Business Ecosystem for Emerging 3D Printing Industry Development: A Comparison Study in China and UK (British Academy, 01 Sep 2014). Completed
  • Dr Inventor - Promoting Scientific Creativity by Utilising Web-based Research Objects (European Commission, 01 Jan 2014). Awarded
  • Intuitive motion data retrieval and synthesis (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of British Government (BIS) and Ministry of Education of P.R. China (MOE), 01 Jan 2013). In Progress
  • Virtual Operating Theatre for Rectal Cancer Operations (Higher Education Initiative Funding, 01 Feb 2010). Completed
  • Retargeting Animated Human Characters (Great Western Research, 01 Mar 2007). Completed
  • Fast Animator Controlled Synthetic Creature Skin Deformations (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 11 Jan 2002). Completed


  • PG Cert in Research Degree Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2007)
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Zhejiang University, P. R. China, 1993)
  • MSc in Computer Science (Zhejiang University, P. R. China, 1996)
  • PhD in Computing Mechanics (Dalian University of Technology, P. R. China, 2000)


  • ACM SIGGRAPH, Member (2017-),
  • British Computer Society, Professional Member (2016-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2011-),
  • International Programme Committees of VIIP, CGIM, ISPHT, Member,
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