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Brief Bio

My name is Shengdong (Shen) ZHAO, or 赵盛东 in Chinese. I am an associate professor of the Computer Science Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). I am also a member of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering. My PhD degree is in computer science from the University of Toronto. My master degree is from School of Information Management & Systems, University of California, Berkeley. I also had a dual major in computer science and biology from the Linfield College, Oregon, USA. I founded the NUS-HCI Lab at the National University of Singapore in January 2009. I am passionate about developing new interface tools and applications that can simplify and enrich people’s lives (i.e., Draco, won best iPad App of the year in 2016). I publish regularly in top HCI conferences and journals (ToCHI, CHI, UbiComp, CSCW, UIST, IUI, etc.). I am interested in connecting academy results with the industry, and have served as a senior consultant with the Huawei Consumer Business Group. I frequently participate in program committees of top HCI conferences, and have worked as the paper co-chair for the ACM SIGCHI 2019 and 2020 conferences. In my leisure time, I love to read, run, and explore the beautiful nature. 

Shengdong Zhao
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Heads-Up Computing

My vision in human computer interaction is to fundamentally improve the way humans interact with technology through Heads-Up Computing – the next interaction paradigm built on a wearable platform consisting of head, hand, and body modules that distributes the input and output capabilities of the device to match the human input and output channels. It proposes a voice + gesture multimodal interaction approach. Once realized, Heads-Up computing can transform the way we work and live – imagine being able to attend to and manipulate information seamlessly while engaging in a variety of indoor and outdoor daily activities such as cooking, exercising, hiking, socializing with friends, etc. To find out more, watch the introductory video on the left. Or visit  this page.

Meet the Talented Students Working on this Vision

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.  --Helen Keller



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这次清迈之旅,我参加了一个两天一夜的徒步团. 徒步本身很棒,但我想聊的却是徒步途中遇到的狗! 一路有三只小狗相伴。一只全身黑毛,姑且叫它小黑,另一只皮肤花白,就叫它小花,最后一只特别像丁丁历险记里的那只狗,我就叫它丁丁。

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Work life balance

When people talk about work-life balance, the focus is typically life: as there is too much work, thus one needs to balance it with more

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