Chun Yu

Associate Professor

Pervasive Interaction Lab
Institute of HCI and Media Integration
Department of Computer Science and Technology
Tsinghua University

Address: Room 3-526, Building FIT, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084
Email: chunyu at tsinghua dot edu dot cn

[ Biography | Research Interests | Publications | Honors Awarded | Professional Services]


Chun Yu is an Associate Professor in Tsinghua University. He got his PhD degree from Tsinghua University in 2012. He is keen to research computational models and algorithms that can facilitate the development of high-efficiency multi-modal user interface, such as mobile phones, large displays, VR/AR headsets and so on. He has published more than 30 papers in prestigious conferences and journals in Human Computer Interaction, including CHI, UIST, CSCW and IJHCS. His recent research won the ACM CHI 2017 Honorable Mention Award, ACM CHI 2016 Honorable Mention Award, ACM CHI 2015 Honorable Mention Award, ChineseCHI 2015 Best Paper Award, IEEE UIC 2014 Best Paper Award, ACM CHI 2013 Honorable Mention Award, ACM MobileHCI 2013 Honorable Mention Award. He was the recipient of Advances of Science and Technology (2015), First Prize, Adiministration of Education, China. He was the recipient of CCF-Intel Young Faculty Researcher Program in 2016 and CCF Young Talent Program in 2017.

Research Interests

Recently, various new interaction platforms have emerged, such as mobile phones, wearable devices (e.g. smart watches), smart TVs and VR/AR headsets. Users leverage multimodal channels (e.g. touch, gesture, gaze and so on) to convey input intentions. These channels afford distinct input capacity and mental model compared to traditional graphical user interface based on mice and keyboards. This points to importance and necessity of developing new theory and approach for develop natural and efficient user interface. My research basically models user interface as a communication channel between users and computers, and takes advantage of the statistical and probabilistic method to model and build high-performance user interface. Currently, my research interests include text entry on constraint user interface, modeling human input capacity, VR/AR techniques and application, smart space interaction and so on. Besides, we have built an online system ( to facilitate non-native researchers to write academic papers, which has also attracted many attentions.


[51].Ke Sun,Chun Yu*,Yuanchun Shi£ºExploring Low-Occlusion Qwerty Soft Keyboard Using Spatial Landmarks.ACM TOCHI 2019 (To Appear)

[50].Weinan Shi, Chun Yu*, Shuyi Fan, Feng Wang, Tong Wang, Xin Yi, Xiaojun Bi, Yuanchun Shi: VIPBoard: Improving Screen-Reader Keyboard for Visually Impaired People with Character-Level Auto Correction. ACM CHI 2019 (To Appear) Honorable Mention Award (Top 5%)

[49].Xuhai Xu, Chun Yu*, Anind K. Dey, Jennifer Mankoff: Clench Interaction: Novel Biting Input Techniques. ACM CHI 2019 (To Appear)

[48].Chun Yu*, Xiaoying Wei, Shubh Vachher, Yue Qin, Chen Liang, Yueting Weng, Yizheng Gu, Yuanchun Shi: HandSee: Enabling Full Hand Interaction on Smartphones with Front Camera-based Stereo Vision. ACM CHI 2019 (To Appear)

[47].Ruolin Wang, Chun Yu*, Xing-Dong Yang, Weijie He, Yuanchun Shi: EarTouch: Facilitating Smartphone Use for Visually Impaired People in Mobile and Public Scenarios. ACM CHI 2019 (To Appear) Honorable Mention Award (Top 5%)

[46].Yiqin Lu, Chun Yu*, Shuyi Fan, Xiaojun Bi, Yuanchun Shi: Typing on Split Keyboards with Peripheral Vision. ACM CHI 2019 (To Appear)

[45].Guanhong Liu, Xianghua Ding, Chun Yu*, Lan Gao, Xingyu Chi, Yuanchun Shi: ¡°I Bought This for Me to Look More Ordinary": A Study of Blind People Doing Online Shopping. ACM CHI 2019 (To Appear)

[44].Ke Sun, Chun Yu*, Weinan Shi, Lan Liu, Yuanchun Shi: Lip-Interact: Improving Mobile Device Interaction with Silent Speech Commands. UIST 2018: 581-593

[43].Tengxiang Zhang, Xin Yi, Ruolin Wang, Yuntao Wang,Chun Yu, Yiqin Lu, Yuanchun Shi: Tap-to-Pair: Associating Wireless Devices with Synchronous Tapping. IMWUT 2(4): 201:1-201:21 (2018)

[42].Yukang Yan,Chun Yu*, Xin Yi, Yuanchun Shi: HeadGesture: Hands-Free Input Approach Leveraging Head Movements for HMD Devices. IMWUT 2(4): 198:1-198:23 (2018)

[41].Xiao Zhang, Yongqiang Lyu, Xiaomin Luo, Jingyu Zhang, Chun Yu, Hao Yin, Yuanchun Shi: Touch Sense: Touch Screen Based Mental Stress Sense. IMWUT 2(2): 87:1-87:18 (2018)

[40]. Weinan Shi,Chun Yu*, Xin Yi, Zhen Li, Yuanchun Shi: TOAST: Ten-Finger Eyes-Free Typing on Touchable Surfaces. IMWUT 2(1): 33:1-33:23 (2018) Ubicomp 2018

[39]. Yukang Yan, Chun Yu*, Xiaojuan Ma, Xin Yi, Ke Sun, Yuanchun Shi: VirtualGrasp: Leveraging Experience of Interacting with Physical Objects to Facilitate Digital Object Retrieval. CHI 2018: 78

[38]. Yukang Yan, Chun Yu*, Xiaojuan Ma, Shuai Huang, Hasan Iqbal, Yuanchun Shi: Eyes-Free Target Acquisition in Interaction Space around the Body for Virtual Reality. CHI 2018: 42

[37]. Mingyuan Zhong, Chun Yu*, Qian Wang, Xuhai Xu, Yuanchun Shi: ForceBoard: Subtle Text Entry Leveraging Pressure. CHI 2018: 528

[36]. Teng Li, Dangxiao Wang, Cong Peng, Chun Yu, Yuru Zhang: Speed-accuracy tradeoff of fingertip force control with visual/audio/haptic feedback. Int. J. Hum.-Comput.Stud. 110: 33-44 (2018)

[35]. Yiqin Lu, Chun Yu*, Xin Yi, Yuanchun Shi, Shendong Zhao. BlindType: Eyes-Free Text Entry on Handheld Touchpad by Leveraging Thumbs' Muscle Memory. Ubicomp 2017

[34]. Xin Yi, Chun Yu*, Weinan Shi, Yuanchun Shi. Is it too small?: Investigating the performances and preferences of users when typing on tiny QWERTY keyboards. IJHCS 2017

[33]. Xin Yi, Chun Yu*, Weijie Xu, Xiaojun Bi, Yuanchun Shi. COMPASS: Rotational Keyboard on Non-Touch Smartwatches. CHI 2017, pp. 705-715 Honorable Mention Award (Top 5%)

[32]. Ke Sun, Yuntao Wang, Chun Yu*, Yukang Yan, Hongyi Wen, Yuanchun Shi. Float: One-Handed and Touch-Free Target Selection on Smartwatches. CHI 2017, pp. 692-704

[31]. Yeshuang Zhu, Yuntao Wang, Chun Yu*, Shaoyun Shi, Yankai Zhang, Shuang He, Peijun Zhao, Xiaojuan Ma, Yuanchun Shi. ViVo: Video-Augmented Dictionary for Vocabulary Learning. CHI 2017, pp. 5568-5579

[30]. Chun Yu, Yizheng Gu, Zhican Yang, Xin Yi, Yuanchun Shi. Tap, Dwell or Gesture?: Exploring Head-Based Text Entry Techniques for HMDs. CHI 2017, pp. 4479-4488

[29]. Xin Yi, Chun Yu*, Weinan Shi, Xiaojun Bi, Yuanchun Shi. Word Clarity as a Metric in Sampling Keyboard Test Sets. CHI 2017, pp. 4216-4228

[28]. Yeshuang Zhu, Shichao Yue, Chun Yu*, Yuanchun Shi. CEPT: Collaborative Editing Tool for Non-Native Authors. CSCW 2017, pp. 273-285

[27]. Chun Yu, Mingyuan Zhong, Xincheng Li, Peijun Zhao, Ke Sun, Yuanchunshi: One-Dimensional Handwriting: Inputting Letters and Words on Smart Glasses. CHI 2016, pp. 71-82

[26]. Chun Yu, Hongyi Wen, Wei Xiong, Xiaojun Bi, Yuanchun Shi: Investigating Effects of Post-selection feedback for Acquiring Ultra-Small Targets on Touchscreen. CHI 2016, pp. 4699-4710

[25]. Wenchang Xu, Chun Yu*, Jie Liu, Yuanchun Shi: RegionalSliding: Facilitating small target selection with marking menu for one-handed thumb use on touchscreen-based mobile devices. Pervasive and Mobile Computing 17: 63-78 (2015)

[24]. Jie Liu, Yongqiang Qin, Qiang Yang, Chun Yu, Yuanchun Shi: A Tabletop-Centric Smart Space for Emergency Response. IEEE Pervasive Computing 14(2): 32-40 (2015)

[23]. Yingxue Zhang, Siqi Liu, Lu Tao, Chun Yu*, Yuanchun Shi, Yingqing Xu, ChinAR: Facilitating Chinese Guqin Learning through Interactive Projected Augmentation. ChineseCHI 2015. Best Paper Award

[22]. Yongqiang Lyu, Xiaomin Luo, Jun Zhou, Chun Yu, Congcong Miao, Tong Wang, Yuanchun Shi, Ken-ichi Kameyama: Measuring Photoplethysmogram-Based Stress-Induced Vascular Response Index to Assess Cognitive Load and Stress. CHI 2015: 857-866 Honorable Mention Award (Top 5%)

[21]. Teng Li, Dangxiao Wang, Shusheng Zhang, Yuru Zhang, Chun Yu: Speed-accuracy tradeoff of controlling absolute magnitude of fingertip force. World Haptics 2015: 408-414

[20]. Xin Yi, Chun Yu*, Mingrui Zhang, Sida Gao, Ke Sun, Yuanchun Shi: ATK: Enabling Ten-Finger Freehand Typing in Air Based on 3D Hand Tracking Data. UIST 2015: 539-548

[19]. Yuntao Wang, Chun Yu*, Ling Du, Jin Huang, Y uanchun Shi. BodyRC: Exploring Interaction Modalities Using Human Body as Lossy Signal Transmission Medium UIC 2014: 260-267 Best Paper Award (Top 1%)

[18]. Yongqiang Lyu, Tianshu Yang, Xiaomin Luo, Chun Yu, Lei Wang, Yuanchun Shi: Quantitative Analysis of Mental Effort Investment using Photoplethysmogram. HEALTHINF 2014: 166-171

[17]. Jin Huang, Chun Yu*, Yuntao Wang, Yuhang Zhao, Siqi Liu, Chou Mo, Jie Liu, Lie Zhang, Yuanchun Shi: FOCUS: enhancing children's engagement in reading by using contextual BCI training sessions. CHI 2014: 1905-1908

[16]. Zhun Qu, Chun Yu, Yue Shi, Jin Huang, Li Tian, Yuanchun Shi: TangramTheatre: presenting children's creation on multimodal tabletops. CHI Extended Abstracts 2014: 2077-2082

[15]. Chun Yu, Ravin Balakrishnan, Ken Hinckley, Tomer Moscovich, Yuanchun Shi: Implicit bookmarking: Improving support for revisitation in within-document reading tasks. Int. J. Hum.-Comput. Stud. 71(3): 303-320 (2013)

[14]. Wenchang Xu, Chun Yu*, Songmin Zhao, Jie Liu, Yuanchun Shi: Facilitating parallel web browsing through multiple-page view. CHI 2013: 2167-2170 Honorable Mention Award (Top 5%)

[13]. Yuntao Wang, Chun Yu*, Jie Liu, Yuanchun Shi: Understanding performance of eyes-free, absolute position control on touchable mobile phones. Mobile HCI 2013: 79-88 Honorable Mention Award (Top 5%)

[12]. Yuntao Wang, Chun Yu, Yongqiang Qin, Dan Li, Yuanchun Shi: Exploring the effect of display size on pointing performance. ITS 2013: 389-392

[11]. Chun Yu, Yue Shi, Xinliang Wang, Yuanchun Shi: Watching you moving the mouse, i know who you are. CHI Extended Abstracts 2012: 2661-2666

[10]. Jie Liu, Chun Yu, Wenchang Xu, Yuanchun Shi: Clustering web pages to facilitate revisitation on mobile devices. IUI 2012: 249-252

[9]. Wenchang Xu, Jie Liu, Chun Yu, Yuanchun Shi: Digging unintentional displacement for one-handed thumb use on touchscreen-based mobile devices. Mobile HCI 2012: 261-270

[8]. Haijun Xia, Jingning Zhang, Yeshuang Zhu, Chun Yu, Yuanchun Shi: Mobile assistant: enhancing desktop interaction using mobile phone. ITS 2012: 379-382

[7]. Wenchang Xu, Chun Yu, Yuanchun Shi: RegionalSliding: enhancing target selection on touchscreen-based mobile devices. CHI Extended Abstracts 2011: 1261-1266

[6]. Chenjun Wu, Yue Suo, Chun Yu, Yuanchun Shi, Yongqiang Qin: uPlatform: A Customizable Multi-user Windowing System for Interactive Tabletop. HCI (1) 2011: 507-516

[5]. Yu Zhong, Yue Suo, Wenchang Xu, Chun Yu, Xinwei Guo, Yuhang Zhao, Yuanchun Shi: Smart home on smart phone. Ubicomp 2011: 467-468

[4]. Chun Yu, Xu Tan, Yue Shi, Yuanchun Shi: Air finger: enabling multi-scale navigation by finger height above the surface. Ubicomp 2011: 495-496

[3]. Yongqiang Qin, Yuanchun Shi, Hao Jiang, Chun Yu: Structured laser pointer: enabling wrist-rolling movements as a new interactive dimension. AVI 2010: 163-166

[2] Yongqiang Qin, Chun Yu, Hao Jiang, Chenjun Wu, Yuanchun Shi: pPen: enabling authenticated pen and touch interaction on tabletop surfaces. ITS 2010: 283-284

[1]. Chun Yu, Yuanchun Shi, Ravin Balakrishnan, Xiangliang Meng, Yue Suo, Mingming Fan, Yongqiang Qin: The satellite cursor: achieving MAGIC pointing without gaze tracking using multiple cursors. UIST 2010: 163-172


Honorables Awarded

2017 CCF Young Talent Program
2017 ACM CHI 2017 Honorable Mention Award
2016 CCF-Intel Young Faculty Researcher Program
2016 ACM CHI 2016 Honorable Mention Award
2015 Advances of Science and Technology (2015), First Prize, Adiministration of Education, China
2015 ACM CHI 2015 Honorable Mention Award
2014 IEEE UIC 2014 Best Paper Award
2014 Chinese CHI 2014 Best Paper Award
2013 ACM CHI 2013 Honorable Mention Award
2013 ACM MobileHCI 2013 Honorable Mention Award



  • Human Computer Interaction Theory and Technology (Undergraduate Student) Fall 2012-2016
  • Human Computer Interaction Technology (Graduate Student) Spring 2012-2016
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    Professional Services

  • Program Committee Member.  CHI 2018 - 2019.
  • Program Committee Member.  IUI 2018.
  • Program Committee Member.  ChineseCHI 2015.
  • Program Committee Member.  CHI 2015 Demo Sessions.
  • Program Committee Member.  CHCI 2014
  • Reviewers.  CHI 2011-2017, UIST 2012-2016, MoblieHCI 2013-2015, IwC

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    Last modified 4/4, 2019