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Yuntao WANG

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University

Assistant Dean, Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) Institute, Tsinghua University

Biography

Yuntao WANG is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University, where he works in the Pervasive Interaction Lab on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on (1) modeling user’s physiological behavior in the context of human computer interaction, (2) enabling novel sensing methods and techniques on ubiquitous devices, and (3) developing physiological computing systems targeted on high-impact application domains such as health, wellness as well as accessibility. He was awarded 4 Best Paper awards and nominations and published 30+ conferences or journal papers including SIGCHI, IMWUT, and MobileHCI. Yuntao WANG serves as the assistant dean and technical advisor in the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) of Tsinghua University.

Interests

  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Physiological Computing
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Mobile Interaction

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science and Technology (with honor), 2016

    Tsinghua University

  • BSc in Computer Science and Technology (with honor), 2011

    Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Recent Posts

Relocated Back to Tsinghua University, China

My position in the University of Washington ended. I moved back to Tsinghua University.

Three Papers were Accepted by ACMCHI 2021

Facilitating Text Entry on Smartphones with QWERTY Keyboard for Users with Parkinson’s Disease (first author), HulaMove: Using Commodity IMU for Waist Interaction (led by Xuhai Xu), and Auth+Track: Enabling Authentication Free Interaction on Smartphone by Continuous User Tracking (led by Chen Liang) are accepted by the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (SIGCHI 2020).

Two Papers Were Accepted by ACMCHI 2021 LBW

I co-authored with GIX students for two publications to the ACMCHI 2021 Late Breaking Work.

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Washington

January 1, 2020 – March 15, 2021 Seattle/Bellvue, USA
Responsibilities include:

 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Dean

Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) Institute, Tsinghua University

June 15, 2019 – Present Beijing, China
Responsibilities include:

 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University

January 28, 2019 – Present Beijing, China
Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp) areas
  • Apply national or industrial fundings
  • Mentor master students in HCI and Ubicomp
 
 
 
 
 

Chief Scientist, Co-founder

Trucker (Beijing) Technology Co.. Ltd.

March 15, 2017 – Present Beijing, China
I co-founded Trucker Tech with my friends to enable smart, safe, efficient, and sustainable road logistics. This is achieved by deploying cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) into the road transportation industry. Trucker Tech is now a start-up that has 30+ employees.
 
 
 
 
 

Research Associate

University of Washington

February 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019 Seattle/Bellvue, USA
Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research in ubicomp lab @ CSE, UW
  • Technical Advisor of GIX MSTI program
  • Co-teach “Introduction of Sensors and Circuits” and “Hardware/Software Lab 1”
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University

July 1, 2016 – January 12, 2019 Beijing, China
Responsibilities include:

Teaching

66010011: Practical Training on Scientific Research Proposal in Applied Innovation (Spring Semester, 2021)

Instructor. This course is to teach knowledge and skills on how to prepare and write a scientific research proposal. Students need to identify a research topic, write and present the research proposal.

66010021: Practical Training on Scientific Research in Applied Innovation (Spring Semester, 2021)

Co-instructor. This course is to train students on how to conduct scientific research. It is also to guide students to finish their research project and finalize their thesis.

TECHIN 513: Managing Data And Signal Processing (Winter Quarter, 2021)

Instructor. This course is to prepare students fundamental skills in machine learning and digital signal processing. Then students will learn how to apply the fundamentals to real-world problems.

TECHIN 540: Integrated Launch Studio 1 (Summer Quarter, 2020)

Technical Advisor. Students will work in teams of students with guidance from Industry sponsors and mentors to plan and execute the front-end phases of a comprehensive MSTI Launch Project. Teams will conduct background investigation and analysis, frame an actionable understanding of the problem, identify stakeholder needs and business constraints, and explore potential technology platforms in order to begin to develop a solution proposal and early functional/technical prototype. This course is the first in a two-quarter course sequence that will culminate in the development of a technology-based solution proposal and demonstration that can be considered for potential commercialization through external funding or acquisition, or further development.

TECHIN 515: Hardware and Software Lab 2 (Spring Quarter, 2020)

Co-instructor. I co-teach this course with John Raiti in GIX. Students will work in small groups on a single project throughout the course. The project will allow students to gain experience with the process and skills required to design, develop, and produce a product prototype, as is done in industry and in the startup community. The project will help students develop skills related to hardware, sensors, embedded systems, software, communications, prototyping, debugging, project management, and working in teams. This course reinforces the skills learned in other GIX courses by bringing many of the different aspects of product development together.

66010011: Practical Training on Scientific Research Proposal in Applied Innovation (Spring Semester, 2020)

Co-instructor. This course is to teach knowledge and skills on how to prepare and write a scientific research proposal. Students need to identify a research topic, write and present the research proposal.

66010021: Practical Training on Scientific Research in Applied Innovation (Spring Semester, 2020)

Co-instructor. This course is to train students on how to conduct scientific research. It is also to guide students to finish their research project and finalize their thesis.

TECHIN 513: Managing Data And Signal Processing (Winter Quarter, 2020)

Co-instructor. I co-teach this course with Sidhant Gupta in GIX. This course is to prepare students fundamental skills in machine learning and digital signal processing. Then students will learn how to apply the fundamentals to real-world problems.

TECHIN 542: Integrated Launch Studio 2 (Autumn Quarter, 2019)

Technical Advisor. I was a gesture teacher. This course is to guide students to complete the launch project according to the objectives and benchmarks.

TECHIN 512: Introduction to Sensors and Circuits (Winter Quarter, 2019)

Co-instructor. I co-teach this course with Blake Hannaford in GIX. This course is to prepare students fundamental skills in machine learning and digital signal processing. Then students will learn how to apply the fundamentals to real-world problems.

TECHIN 512: Introduction to Sensors and Circuits (Winter Quarter, 2018)

Co-instructor. I co-teach this course with John Raiti in GIX. This course is to prepare students fundamental knowledge and skills in sensors, sensing technologies and circuits.

Recent Publications

30 conference or journal papers

(2021). Integrating a Voice User Interface into a Virtual Therapy Platform. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Late Breaking Work (CHI ’21 LBW).

Honour and Award

Saffron won X-prize Second Place Prize

Saffron, teamed by Nicholas Becker, Yuntao Wang, Zoe Zou, Archisa Guharoy and Noah Hollmann, won X-prize Second Place Prize in the Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE.

Discussion Paper Award

TouchPower: Interaction-based Power Transfer for Power-as-needed Devices is awarded the Discussion Paper Award on the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies.

Best paper Runner-up

BitID: Easily Add Battery-Free Wireless Sensors to Everyday Objects. is awarded the Best paper Runner-up on the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP’17).

Best Paper Award

BodyRC: Exploring Interaction Modalities Using Human Body as Lossy Signal Transmission Medium is awarded the Best Paper Award on the 2014 IEEE 11th International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2014).

Honorable Mention Award

Understanding performance of eyes-free, absolute position control on touchable mobile phones. is awarded the Honorable Mention Award on the 15th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services (MobileHCI ‘13).

Patents

26 patents (5 U.S patents, 5 PCT patents, and 16 Chinese patents)

U.S. Patents

5 U.S. patents (4 granted and 1 pending appictions) include:

  1. Method and Device for Determining Action and/or Action Part, US20180018016A1 (pending)
  2. Method and Device for Determining Input Information, US10261577B2
  3. Method and Device for Determining Action and/or Action Part, US10292609B2
  4. Method and Device for Determining Input Information, US10512404B2
  5. Human Body-Based Interaction Method and Interaction Apparatus, US10521018B2

PCT WIPO Patents

5 PCT patents include:

  1. Method and Device for Determining Action and/or Action Part, WO2016127745A1.
  2. Method and Device for Determining Action and/or Action Part, WO2016127741A1.
  3. Method and Device for Determining Input Information, WO2016127743A1.
  4. Method and Device for Determining Input Information, WO2016127744A1.
  5. Human Body-Based Interaction Method and Interaction Apparatus, WO2015184778A1.

Chinese Patents

16 Chinese patents (8 granted and 8 pending) include:

  1. 手背皮肤形变还原手指运动方法, ZL201811159627.6
  2. 识别对象的方法和装置, ZL201511000942.0
  3. 确定动作和/或动作部位的方法和设备, ZL201510069988.1
  4. 确定动作和/或动作部位的方法和设备, ZL201510069921.8
  5. 确定输入信息的方法和设备, ZL201510070064.3.
  6. 确定输入信息的方法和设备, ZL201510069927.5.
  7. 基于人体的交互方法及交互装置, ZL201410243743.1.
  8. 一种Eye-Free的触屏手机控制电视的方法, ZL201210056881.X.
  9. 点对点层级式货物即时配送系统、方法及应用, CN108665217A (pending)
  10. 基于区块链技术的完全去中心社区化网络游戏, CN109173243A (pending)
  11. 一种提高区块链吞吐效率的方法, CN108989410A (pending)
  12. 一种儿童坐姿检测智能交互装置系统及方法, CN108614990A (pending)
  13. 一种儿童坐姿模拟交互装置及方法, CN108562272A (pending)
  14. 一种智能磅室自动化作业系统、方法及智能磅室互联方法, CN107506809A (pending)
  15. 一种车辆超载监管方法、装置、系统及存储介质, CN110148299A (pending)
  16. 一种视频播放的跳转导航方法, 202010043570.4 (pending)

Services

  • Reviewer
    • IMWUT 2021, 2020, 2019
    • ACM CHI 2021, 2020
    • ACM CHI LBW 2021 (AC)
    • ACM UIST 2021, 2015
    • IEEE VR 2020
    • SODA 2018
  • Organizer
    • Access Computing Summer Program 2021, 2020
    • GIX Competition 2016, 2017, 2018
    • GIX High School Innovation Camp: 2017 summer, 2018 winter, 2018 summer, 2019 winter, 2019 summer
  • Volunteer
    • ACM CHI 2015
    • Ubicomp 2011

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