Heads-up Computing

Towards to the next interaction paradigm via wearable intelligent assistants

Meet Shengdong (Shen) Zhao

I am a full professor in the School of Creative Media and Computer Science Department at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Previously, I held the position of Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department of the National University of Singapore (NUS). I obtained my PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto and my master’s degree from the School of Information Management & Systems at the University of California, Berkeley. My undergraduate education included a dual major in computer science and biology from Linfield College, Oregon, USA. In January 2009, I founded the Synteraction (formerly NUS-HCI) Lab. My research focuses on developing innovative interface tools and applications that simplify and enhance people’s lives, such as Draco, which won the Best iPad App of the Year in 2016. My publications regularly occur in top HCI conference proceedings and journals, including ToCHI, CHI, UbiComp, CSCW, UIST, and IUI. I am also passionate about bridging academic research with industry and have served as a senior consultant with the Huawei Consumer Business Group. Additionally, I actively participate in program committees for leading HCI conferences and have served as the paper co-chair for the ACM SIGCHI conferences in 2019 and 2020. During my leisure time, I enjoy reading, running, and exploring the beauty of nature.

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Synteraction Lab's Thriving Weekly Running Event
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24 Jun
UbiComp/ISWC 2024 Workshop on Heads-Up Computing
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01 May
A Perfect Blend of Learning and Exploration:Unlock Your HCI Potential in Our Research Camp in Chiang Mai this Summer
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06 Apr
Mindful Moments: Exploring On-the-go Mindfulness Practice On Smart-glasses
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05 Apr
Facilitating Virtual Reality Integration in Medical Education: A Case Study of Acceptability and Learning Impact in Childbirth Delivery Training
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04 Apr
VidAdapter: Adapting Blackboard-Style Videos for Ubiquitous Viewing
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2022 Visual Behaviors and Mobile Information Acquisition Nuwan Janaka, Xinke Wu, Shan Zhang, Shengdong Zhao, Petr Slovák
CHI  2022 Paracentral and near-peripheral visualizations: Towards attention-maintaining secondary information presentation on OHMDs during in-person social interactions Nuwan Janaka, Chloe Haigh, Hyeong Cheol Kim, Shan Zhang, Shengdong Zhao View PDF
CHI  2022 Does Dynamically Drawn Text Improve Learning? Investigating the Effect of Text Presentation Styles in Video Learning YAshwin Ram, Shengdong Zhao View PDF
ACM  2022 SSpoon: A Shape-changing Spoon That Optimizes Bite Size for Eating Rate Regulation. Yang Chen, Katherine Fennedy, Anna Fogel, Shengdong Zhao, Chao Zhang, Lijuan Liu, Ching Chiuan Yen View PDF
2023 GestureGPT: Zero-shot Interactive Gesture Understanding and Grounding with Large Language Model Agents. JXin Zeng, Xiaoyu Wang, Tengxiang Zhang, Chun Yu, Shengdong Zhao, Yiqiang Chen
2023 Impact of Human-AI Interaction on User Trust and Reliance in AI-Assisted Qualitative Coding. Jie Gao, Junming Cao, ShunYi Yeo, Kenny Tsu Wei Choo, Zheng Zhang, Toby Jia-Jun Li, Shengdong Zhao, Simon Tangi Perrault View PDF
SUI  2023 GlassMessaging: Supporting Messaging Needs During Daily Activities Using OST-HMDs Nuwan Janaka, Jie Gao, Lin Zhu, Shengdong Zhao, Lan Lyu, Peisen Xu, Maximilian Nabokow, Silang Wang, Yanch Ong View Video
2023 Supporting Artefact Awareness in Partially-Replicated Workspaces. Emran Poh, Anthony Tang, Jeannie Su Ann Lee, Shengdong Zhao View Link
INTERACT  2023 AdaptReview: Towards Effective Video Review Using Text Summaries and Concept Maps. Shan Zhang, Yang Chen, Nuwan Janaka, Chloe Haigh, Shengdong Zhao, Wei Tsang Ooi View Link
CHI  2023 ParaGlassMenu: Towards Social-Friendly Subtle Interactions in Conversations Runze Cai, Nuwan Nanayakkarawasam Peru Kandage Janaka, Shengdong Zhao, Minghui Sun
CHI  2023 Not All Spacings are Created Equal: The Effect of Text Spacings in On-the-go Reading Using Optical See-Through Head-Mounted Displays. Chen Zhou, Katherine Fennedy, Felicia Fang-Yi Tan, Shengdong Zhao, Yurui Shao View PDF
CHI  2023 Can Icons Outperform Text? Understanding the Role of Pictograms in OHMD Notifications. Nuwan Nanayakkarawasam Peru Kandage Janaka, Shengdong Zhao, Shardul Sapkota View PDF
CHI  2023 NotiFade: Minimizing OHMD Notification Distractions Using Fading. Nuwan Janaka, Shengdong Zhao, Samantha W. T. Chan View Video
2023 Mindful Moments: Exploring On-the-go Mindfulness Practice On Smart-glasses. Felicia Fang-Yi Tan, Ashwin Ram, Chloe Haigh, Shengdong Zhao View PDF
2023 Balancing Accuracy and Speed in Gaze-Touch Grid Menu Selection in AR via Mapping Sub-Menus to a Hand-Held Device Yang Tian, Yulin Zheng, Shengdong Zhao, Xiaojuan Ma, Yunhai Wang View PDF
2023 BackTracer: Improving ray-casting 3D target acquisition by backtracking the interaction history. Kaiqi Chen, Huagen Wan, Shengdong Zhao, Xutao Liu View PDF
2023 VidAdapter: Adapting Blackboard-Style Videos for Ubiquitous Viewing Ashwin Ram, Han Xiao, Shengdong Zhao, Chi-Wing Fu View PDF
2023 GlassMessaging: Towards Ubiquitous Messaging Using OHMDs Nuwan Janaka, Jie Gao, Lin Zhu, Shengdong Zhao, Lan Lyu, Peisen Xu, Maximilian Nabokow, Silang Wang, Yanch Ong View PDF
2023 Heads-Up Computing Moving Beyond the Device-Centered Paradigm Shengdong Zhao, Felicia Tan, Katherine Fennedy View PDF
2024 GPT VoiceTasker: LLM-Powered Virtual Assistant for SmartphoneWeb Development Success Minh Duc Vu, Han Wang, Zhuang Li, Jieshan Chen, Shengdong Zhao, Zhenchang Xing, Chunyang Chen View PDF
15 Years of
120 + Publications
48 Collaborators
15 PhD

Research Team

Ashwin Ram Postdoc
Nuwan Janaka Postdoc
Bai Yunpeng Phd Student
Cai Runze Phd Student
Luoying Phd Student
Zhou Chen Phd Student
Young Research Assistant
Yaorui Research Assistant