I am currently a Research Staff Member at IBM Research - Austin Research Laboratory.
I am a daydreamer, engineer, and designer who dreams of the unreal and struggles to make it real a bit at a time, driven by novel embedded AI and mobile/IoT technologies on physical worlds.
My primary research interest lies in AI-powered interactive systems embodied in physical and edge space. In particular, I am passionate in premiering intelligent, multi-modal, life-immersive services that augment human socio-cognitive abilities in our daily physical life, driven by novel orchestration of embedded AI, mobile/IoT/robotic platforms, and human-computer interaction. In pursuit of such vision, my research deeply concerns the issues in the design of new interactive AI systems serving first-of-its-kind socio-physical applications, optimization of the cognition and intelligence subsystems to deal with resource-hungry edge platforms, and constructive iteration between such a new AI-powered service and novel UX-driven inspirations therefrom. In this light, many of my research have been aiming at or inspired by new interdisciplinary real-life applications for health and well-being, family and children, social activism, cyber-physical instrumentation, immersive telepresence, workplace augmentation, and so on. A central value I pursue through my long-term research is to augment human-to-human interactivity in the physical world and transcend its conventional constraints by intelligent and cognitive computing systems.
To date, I have been serving on the program committees and/or editorial board of a number of premier academic venues leading my areas of research, including ACM MobiSys, ACM UbiComp/IMWUT, ACM CHI, IEEE Infocom, and so on. I served on the NSF panel to review grant proposals. I am a recipient of the Best Paper Awards in ACM CSCW 2014. My research has generated 30+ issued U.S. patents so far.
Here are a couple of my recent research demonstrations. If you'd like to find more details about me or other fun videos of my research, please consider taking a look at my personal research website.
[ACM MobiSys'18] HomeMeld
:: AI-powered robotic telepresence enables two-bodied family members to live at two places at the same time
[ACM MobiSys'17] Card-stunt as a Service
:: A new mobile-crowd technology for massively assembled citizens to create a powerful message
[ACM CHI'16] SymmetriSense
:: A single smartphone approach to enable surface interactivity on arbitrary glossy surfaces