Xiwu Cao

PhD Student

Biomedical measurement and instrumentation, biomedical signal and image processing, nonlinear modeling of retina function, neural computation of retina neurons,

Office: BHE 105
Phone: (213) 740-6813
Fax: (213) 821-2070
E-mail: xiwucao@usc.edu


Xiwu Cao received his Bachelors and Master degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the First Military Medical University, P. R. China. In 2003, he joined the Cain Foundation lab of Baylor College of Medicine to work as a research engineer. One year later, he moved to University of Southern California to join the Visual Processing Lab of Department of Biomedical Engineering to pursue his PH.D study.


His current project is focused on the study of retinal function under natural images. He tries to explore the conversion mechanism of retina from the photon to electron as a whole with the help of nonlinear modeling, such as volterra kernel estimation, which will help a lot to understand the neural processing of retina and visual perception. He is also very interested in designing a retina-emulator device to simulate the retina function to produce the artificial electronic spikes to dig the possibilities of artificial retina.