Liang He
is a 2nd year Ph.D. stdent advised by Jon E. Froehlich in the Makeability Lab and Human-Computer Interaction Lab at University of Maryland, College Park. He explores novel human-centered fabrication techniques to make interactive objects and to meet people’s need in real life. His research interests in fabrication fall into four categories: interactivity, material, mechanical structures, and computational design. His research has been presented at various conferences (CHI, UbiComp/ISWC, TEI, MobileHCI). Recently, he has worked on projects that help makers to easily create smart devices such as wearables.
Vitae (PDF)
Latest Research Work
Prior Work

PneuHaptic: delivering haptic cues with a pneumatic armband

Liang He, Cheng Xu, Ding Xu, and Ryan Brill.
Proceedings of ISWC 2015

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.
Proceedings of MobileHCI 2015

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.
Proceedings of CHI 2015

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 Mentions Award at CHI 2015

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, and Hongan Wang.
Proceedings of UbiComp 2012

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.

Selected Personal Projects

[P9] Kazemitabaar, M., McPeak, J., Jiao, A., He, L., Outing, T., and Froehlich, J. MakerWear: A Tangible, Modular Approach for Children to Create Interactive Wearables. To appear in Proceedings of CHI ’17. [Acceptance Rate: ~25%] Best Paper Award [Top 1%]

[P8] He, L., Laput, G., Brockmeyer, E., and Froehlich, J. SqueezaPulse: Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses. To appear in Proceedings of the ACM symposium on tangible and embodied interaction (TEI ’17). [Acceptance Rate: 27%]

[P7] Kazemitabaar, M., He, L., Wang, K., Aloimonos, C., Cheng, T., and Froehlich, J. ReWear: Early Explorations of a Modular Wearable Construction Kit for Young Children. In Proceedings of CHI ’16 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [Acceptance Rate: 43%] Best Paper Award [Top 1%]

[P6] Du, R. and He, L. VRSurus: Enhancing Interactivity and Tangibility of Puppets in Virtual Reality. In Proceedings of CHI ’16 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [Acceptance Rate: 43%]

[P5] He, L., Xu, C., Xu, D., and Brill, R. PneuHaptic: Delivering Haptic Cues with a Pneumatic Armband. In Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC’15). Osaka, Japan, September 7-11, 2015. [Acceptance Rate: 25%]

[P4] Cheng, K., He, L., Meng, X., Shamma, D., Thangpalam, A., and Nguyen, D. CozyMaps: Real-time Collaboration on a Shared Map with Multiple Displays. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI’15). Copenhagen, Denmark, August 24-27, 2015. [Acceptance Rate:25.2%]

[P3] Plimmer, B., He, L., Zaman, T., Karunanayaka, K., Yeo, A., Jengan, G., and Do, E. New Interaction Tools for Preserving an Old Language. In Proceedings of the 33nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI’15). Seoul, Korea, April 18-12, 2015. [Acceptance Rate: 23%] Honorable Mentions Award

[P2] Wang, D., Zhang, Y., Gu, T., He, L., and Wang, H. E-Block: A Tangible Programming Tool for Children. In Adjunct Proceedings of the 25th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST’12). Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 7–10, 2012.

[P1] He, L., Li, G., Zhang, Y., Wang, D., and Wang, H. TempoString: A Tangible Tool for Children’s Music Creation. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp’12). Pittsburgh, September 5–8, 2012.

[J1] Wang, D., He, L., and Dou, K. StoryCube: Supporting Children's Storytelling with a Tangible Tool. The Journal of Supercomputing, Volume 70 Issue 1, Pages 269-283. Springer. 2014.

01/30:  Back to Maryland. Glad to come back without any problems :)
12/11:  Five papers got in CHI ’17. Go Makeability Lab!
11/27:  Drive back to Maryland and get my hair cut after 4 months.
11/24:  Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends in Pittsburgh.
11/10:  Makeability lab's logo is up, yay!
11/03:  Give a talk at Tech+Design of Technica.
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.
Liang He
HCIL, U of Maryland,
2117 Hornbake Bldg,
South Wing
College Park
MD 20742