Yong Pei

Computer Science
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
Russ Engineering Center 340, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Dr. Yong Pei directs the SMART Lab (Sustainable - Mobile - Autonomous - Real-time - Translational). His current research interests include: Human-AI Teaming, Applied AI, AR/VR and Sensory Sysytems Research in Medicine, Education, Finance, Cyber, Smart Cities, and etc. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and his BS degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Tsinghua University in 1996.



Dr. Pei teaches a broad portfolio of computer science and engineering courses that include entry-level computer programming courses on Java/C++, as well as advanced courses on distributed/mobile/cloud/sensory computing. He also participates in cross-disciplinary course offerings, such as applied business, technology entrepreneurship and graduate medical educations.

Research statement: 

Dr. Pei and his researches in Human-AI Teaming, AI, AR/VR and Sensory technologies intend to help address real-world challenges in our society and economy through creative applications of technologies that provide effective, scalable and sustainable solutions. His ultimate goal is to bring real-world opportunities and experiences in various industries to help prepare and develop Computer Science and Engineering students into the first caliber problem solvers.

Selected Research Projects at the SMART Lab:

  • C-CIMS: Collaborative Communication Interruption Management System 
  • Medicaid Equity Simulation: improve the health services by addressing numerous social determinants of health through a virtual/augmented reality enabled interactive cultural proficiency training system for healthcare providers.
  • ReadMI: improve the outcome of motivational interviewing training through mobile and AI technolgoies.
  • Autonomous/remote piloted personnel air vehicle system: enable “Uber Air” type of services.
  • WrightCAP: live in-class captioning and inclusive environment for augmented learning experience.


Students Advised: 

Since 2016, over 40 students have graduated from the SMART Lab directed by Dr. Pei. He is currently (Spring 2019) advising over 20 students in their thesis or project research efforts.

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