Yuxuan Zhang


I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2014 with double majors in Economics and Management Information Systems (MIS). I'm currently a second-year graduate student at DePaul University, majoring in Predictive Analytics. I love travelling, cooking, daydreaming, making sense of this world, embracing the uncertain and exploring the unknown.

My biggest interest lies in generative design, which was seeded when I assembled my first 3D printer back in early 2015. As I become more familiar with advances in both machine learning and digital design, I think we are at the dawn of a "creation revolution", where design and fabrication would be ever easier and more democratized.

This site serves as a place to share some of my projects and thoughts. Feel free to touch base if you have any comments, questions, or interesting topics in mind.

3D Printer Assembly

Jan 16, 2015

Intro to Additive Manufacturing 101

Evolutionary String Generator

Jul 18, 2016

A goal-driven string generator that evolves random strings towards the evolutionary goal.

Self-Landing Spaceship (simple version)

Sep 27, 2016

An agent learns optimal timings to thrust in a simplified landing scenario.

Self-Landing Spaceship (complex version)

Oct 24, 2016

An agent learns optimal actions to perform in a more complicated landing scenario.

Image Generation with DCGAN

Nov 28, 2016

Generating hand-written digit images and human face images from random noise.

Chair Generation with 3D-GAN

Dec 21, 2016

Generating voxelized 3D chair model.


Feb 7, 2017

An agent that plays the game Simacogo using Minimax adversarial search and Alpha-beta Pruning.

Baby Name Generator

Feb 23, 2017

A third-order Markov Chain generates novel names that follow common letter sequences.

RBM with 3D Volumetric Data

March 11, 2017

3D volumetric data reconstruction/generation with Restricted Boltzmann Machine.

milky way, shot in the corn field, Iowa
early Spring, Lake Macbride, Iowa
sun rise in the woods, Iowa
a quiet, foggy morning, Iowa
purple romance, Iowa
grab apple out of Apple
Desert, Sunset, Flying Birds
apples hover over Apple
got stuck in blizzard, New York
a corner in Iowa City
moon shot in the back yard
stillness and movement, Iowa
listening the melting ice, Iowa