Yukang Yan

I am a postdoctoral researcher in HCI group, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University. The lab advisors are Prof. Yuanchun Shi and Prof. Chun Yu.

My research area is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), in which I focus on developing multi-modality input techniques, gesture interaction methods, computational behavior models to improve the user experience in VR/AR, with wearable devices and voice user interfaces. I developed my skills of signal processing, gesture recognition, VR/AR development and also user study design, statistical analysis. My goal is to realize the "perfect" MR experience in the near future, where multi-modality input and feedback are enabled and enhanced, and digital and real objects integrate seamlessly to facilitate information exchange.

Contact me:
E-mail: yanyukanglwy@gmail.com
Phone number: +86 18810305337

Google Scholar / CV


Fall 2015 to Spring 2020
Ph.D. of Computer Science and Technology

Tsinghua University

Fall 2011 to spring 2015
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology

Tsinghua University

Fall 2012 to spring 2015
Bachelor of Economics (Dual Degree)

Tsinghua University


[13] FaceSight: Enabling Hand-to-Face Gesture Interaction on AR Glasses with a Downward-Facing Camera Vision

Yueting Weng, Chun Yu, Yingtian Shi, Yuhang Zhao, Yukang Yan, Yuanchun Shi. CHI 2021

[12] ProxiMic: Convenient Voice Activation via Close-to-Mic Speech Detected by a Single Microphone

Yue Qin, Chun Yu, Zhaoheng Li, Mingyuan Zhong, Yukang Yan, Yuanchun Shi. CHI 2021

[11] HulaMove: Using Commodity IMU for Waist Interaction

Xuhai Xu, Jiahao Li, Tianyi Yuan, Liang He, Xin Liu, Yukang Yan, Yuntao Wang, Yuanchun Shi, Jennifer Mankoff, Anind K Dey. CHI 2021

[10] FrownOnError: Interrupting Responses from Smart Speakers by Facial Expressions

Yukang Yan, Chun Yu, Chun Yu, Wengrui Zheng, Ruining Tang, Xuhai Xu, Yuanchun Shi. CHI 2020

[9] Enabling On-Face Interaction via Wireless Earbuds

Xuhai Xu, Haitian Shi, Xin Yi, Wenjia Liu, Yukang Yan, Yuanchun Shi, Alex Mariakakis, Jennifer Mankoff, Anind K. De. CHI 2020

[8] HeadCross: Exploring Head-Based Crossing Selection on Head-Mounted Displays

Yukang Yan, Yingtian Shi, Chun Yu, Yuanchun Shi. IMWUT 2020

[7] PrivateTalk: Activating Voice Input with Hand-On-Mouth Gesture Detected by Bluetooth Earphones

Yukang Yan, Chun Yu, Yingtian Shi, Minxing Xie. UIST 2019

[6] Eyes-Free Target Acquisition in Interaction Space around the Body for Virtual Reality

Yukang Yan, Chun Yu, Xiaojuan Ma, Shuai Huang, Hasan Iqbal, Yuanchun Shi. CHI 2018

[5] VirtualGrasp: Leveraging Experience of Interacting with Physical Objects to Facilitate Digital Object Retrieval

Yukang Yan, Chun Yu, Xiaojuan Ma, Xin Yi, Ke Sun, Yuanchun Shi. CHI 2018

[4] HeadGesture: Hands-Free Input Approach Leveraging Head Movements for HMD Devices

Yukang Yan, Chun Yu, Xin Yi, Yuanchun Shi. IMWUT 2018

[3] Float: One-Handed and Touch-Free Target Selection on Smartwatches

Ke Sun, Yuntao Wang, Chun Yu, Yukang Yan, Hongyi Wen, Yuanchun Shi. CHI 2017

[2] eClover: A Combined Electrostatic and Four-Tactor Wearable System for Eyes-Free Interactions

Zhaoyuan Ma,Yukang Yan, Darren Edge, Hong Tan, Yuanchun Shi, and Ed Colgate. WHC 2015

[1] Gesture-based target acquisition in virtual and augmented reality

Yukang Yan, Xin Yi, Chun Yu, Yuanchun Shi. Virtual Reality & Intelligent Hardware

Research Experience

University of Michigan              October 2019 - Present

Visiting student with Professor Michael Nebeling

MSRA, Beijing                       October 2014 - March 2015

Research intern in HCI group, mentored by Hong Tan

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Tsinghua Univeristy                          Spring 2018
Human Computer Interaction Technology                      Spring 2015
Graduate course on human-computer interaction                              

Teaching Assistant, Tsinghua University              Fall 2018, Fall 2017
Computer Science: An Overview                             Fall 2016, Fall 2015
1st undergraduate course.                                                                            


Souhu Research and Development Scholarship                              2019 National Scholar for Doctoral Students                                              2018
Special-Class Award in "Challenge Cup" of Tsinghua University  2017
Outstanding Undergradute of Tsinghua University, 5%                 2015
Outstanding Thesis Award of Tsinghua University, 5%                   2015
"Rising Star" Internship Award of MSRA, 5%                                      2015
Academic Excellence Scholarship of Tisnghua University, 5%     2014
Comprehensive Merit Scholarship of Tisnghua University, 5%      2013

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