I'm a 2nd year Ph.D. stdent working with Prof. Jon E. Froehlich in the Makeability Lab and Human-Computer Interaction Lab at University of Maryland, College Park. I explore novel human-centered fabrication techniques to make interactive objects and to meet people’s need in real life. My research interests in fabrication fall into four categories: interactivity, material, mechanical structures, and computational design. My research also aims to bring personal fabrication technologies to a broader audience (e.g., novices, designers, engineers, etc.) for particular purposes.
:: My research work involves fabrication (e.g., 3D printing), sensing technology and tangible interaction within HCI. This selected group of research projects were completed with my beloved advisors, colleagues and collaborators from University of Maryland (UMD), Carnegie Mellon Univeristy (CMU), Keio-CUTE Center and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) since 2012.
SqueezaPulse: Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses
Liang He, Gierad Laput, Eric Brockmeyer and Jon Froehlich.
To appear TEI 2017
We add interactivity to fabricated objects by making soft, low-cost, and below-like structures and embedding corrugated tubes to filter acoustic signals. Passively generated air pulses could be detected as interactive inputs on objects.
ReWear: Early Explorations of a Modular Wearable Construction Kit for Young Children
Majeed Kazemitabaar, Liang He, Katie Wang, Chloe Aloimonos, Tony Cheng, and Jon Froehlich.
ReWear is a modular ‘plug-and-play’ construction kit for retrofitting existing textiles with interactive electronic and computational behaviors without sewing or the creation of code.Best Late-Breaking Work Paper Award
PneuHaptic: delivering haptic cues with a pneumatic armband
Liang He, Cheng Xu, Ding Xu, and Ryan Brill.
Questioning what kind of unobtrusive tactile sensations can be achieved, I designed and built a pneumatically actuated haptic interface. It simulates a range of tactile sensations on the arm by alternately pressurizing and depressurizing a series of custom molded silicone chambers.
CozyMaps: Real-time Collaboration on a Shared Map with Multiple Displays
Kelvin Cheng, Liang He, Xiaojun Meng, David A. Shamma, Dung Nguyen, and Anbarasan Thangapalam.
Interaction techniques among multi-display systems that support collocated collaboration are investigated in this project. We demonstrated such collaborative interaction techniques through a map-based application.
New Interaction Tools for Preserving an Old Language
Beryl Plimmer, Liang He, Tariq Zaman, Kasun Karunanayaka, Alvin W. Yeo, Garen Jengan, Rachel Blagojevic, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do.
We explored the possibility of using tangible tools for educating young generation an old sign language in Malaysia. With combinations of conductive tips, clay and laser cut bases, I built a browser based app to offer more interactivity on connected images and physical objects.Honorable Metion Awards
StoryCube: Supporting Children’s Storytelling with a Tangible Tool
Danli Wang, Liang He, and Keqin Dou.
The Journal of Supercomputing
StoryCube is a tool which assists preschool children's storytelling. With IMU and machine learning classifiers, it supports storytelling through physical manipulations on toys.
TempoString: A Tangible Tool for Children’s Music Creation
Liang He, Guang Li, Yang Zhang, Danli Wang, Hongan Wang
TempoString is an easy-to-use tool which assists children with music creation. It provides a fun and novel platform by allowing children to "draw" music on a canvas and then edit it using a rope.
:: Escaping research, I also spend time drawing, doing graphic design, traveling, and making interactive things, which includes physical computing, interactive gadgets, DIY projects and pilot attempts for potential research.
10/24: New website design is up!
10/19: Celebrate birthday at Sakura Seafood Buffet.
10/14: One paper is conditionally accepted by TEI '17.
09/24: Kotaro's farewell party at Bus Boys & Poets.
09/21: Survived in CHI submission as a co-author :)
09/09: Celebrate Jon's birthday in the Hackerspace.
08/29: Get prepared for semester kick-off.
08/27: Fly back to Maryland from Seattle.
08/26: Finish an unforgettable summer internship at Microsoft Research.
08/09: Submit one paper to TEI 2017, finger crossed!