Xing-Dong Yang, Associate Professor, School of Computing Science
Talk title: Creating Smart Environments using Interactive Materials
Abstract: I create smart home and work environments that sense people’s daily activities, such as what they do or eat. Through this data, a large variety of user information, such as a user’s behavior, preferences, mental health, and physical health conditions, can be inferred to enable numerous data-driven applications key to the success of people’s personal and professional life. In this talk, I will describe my vision of how such smart environments can be created at scale using interactive materials made of sensors and everyday materials, such as wood or fabrics. I will show an example of a tablecloth augmented with a fabric sensor that can sense and recognize objects on a table, such as different types of food, fruits, and liquids. I will also demonstrate interactive plywood augmented with a vibration sensor that can withstand woodworking operations, such as cutting and screwing, commonly used to create building infrastructures and household items. I will conclude by discussing some of the key challenges to achieving this vision.
Biography: Xing-Dong Yang is an Associate Professor and Visual Computing Chair of Computer Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada. His research is broadly in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), where he creates interactive systems using sensing techniques and haptics to enable new applications in smart physical and virtual environments. Xing-Dong’s work is recognized through a Best Paper award at UIST 2019, eight Honorable Mention awards with one at UIST 2020, six at CHI (2010, 2016, 2018, 2019 × 2, 2020), and one at MobileHCI 2009. Aside from academic publications, Xing-Dong’s work attracts major public interest via news coverage from a variety of media outlets with different mediums, including TV (e.g., Discovery Daily Planet), print (e.g., The Wall Street Journal, Forbes), and Internet News (e.g., MIT Technology Review, New Scientist