ABOUT ME

I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Anthony Tang and Dr. Saul Greenberg at the iLab at the University of Calgary. Before I joined the iLab, I received my Ph.D. in Computing Science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Alberta in 2013. I am interested in novel interaction techniques and creating new gadgets to make interactions between humans and computers easy and natural.

In summer 2012, I interned in the HCI group at Microsoft Research Asia under the supervision of Dr. Xiang Cao. In winter 2012 and summer 2010, I interned in the User Interface Research group at Autodesk Research under the supervision of Dr. Tovi Grossman and Dr. George Fitzmaurice.

PUBLICATIONS

Mobile & Always-available Input

       Xing-Dong Yang,  Khalad Hasan, Neil Bruce, & Pourang Irani (2013).
Surround-See: Enabling Peripheral Vision on Smartphones during Active Use.
To appear in the Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software &Technology (UIST'13). 10 Pages.
Paper     Video

       Xing-Dong Yang, Tovi Grossman, Daniel Wigdor & George Fitzmaurice. (2012).
Magic Finger: Always-Available Input through Finger Instrumentation.
Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST'12). 147 - 156.
Paper     Video

       Khalad Hasan, Xing-Dong Yang, Hai-Ning Liang & Pourang Irani. (2012).
How to Position the Cursor? An Exploration of Absolute and Relative CursorPositioning for Back-of-Device Input.
Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction withMobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2012). 10 pages.

Paper

       Xing-Dong Yang,  Edward Mak, Pourang Irani & Walter F. Bischof. (2009).
Dual-Surface Input: Augmenting One-Handed Interaction with Coordinated Front and Behind-the-Screen Input.
Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction withMobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2009). 10 pages.
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  NOMINATED FOR BEST PAPER AWARD   

       Xing Dong Yang, Pourang Irani, Pierre Boulanger & Walter F. Bischof. (2009).
One-handed behind-the-display cursor input on mobile devices.
Proceedings of the ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '09). 4501-4506.
Paper     Video

Multi-touch & Tabletop Interactions

       Hong Zhang, Xing-Dong Yang, Barrett Ens, Hai-Ning Liang, Pierre Boulanger & Pourang Irani. (2012).
See Me, See You: A Lightweight Method for Discriminating User Touches on Tabletop Displays.
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'12). 2327 - 2336.
Paper     Video

       Xing-Dong Yang,  Tovi Grossman, Irani Pourang & George Fitzmaurice. (2011).
TouchCuts and TouchZoom: Enhanced Target Selection for Touch Displays using Finger Proximity Sensing.
Proceedings of the the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'11). 2585 - 2594.
Paper     Video

       Cary Williams, Xing-Dong Yang, Grant Partridge, Joshua Usiskin-Miller, Arkady Major & Pourang Irani. (2011).
TZee: Exploiting the Lighting Properties of Multi-touch Tabletops for Tangible 3D Interactions.
Proceedings of the the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing  Systems (CHI'11). 1363 - 1372.
Paper     Video

       Xing-Dong Yang,  Edward Mak, David C. McCallum, Pourang Irani, Xiang Cao & Shahram Izadi. (2010).
LensMouse: Augmenting the mouse with an interactive touch display.
Proceedings of the the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'10). 2431-2440.
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  HONORABLE MENTION AWARD

Target Acquisition Techniques

       Mathieu Nancel, Olivier Chapuis, Emmanuel Pietriga, Xing-Dong Yang, Pourang Irani, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon. (2013).
High-Precision Pointing on Large Wall Displays using Small Handheld Devices.
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'13). 831-840.
Paper     Video

       Pourang Irani, Carl Gutwin & Xing-Dong Yang. (2006).
Improving selection of off-screen targets with hopping.
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'06). 299-308.
Paper

       Nivedita Kadaba, Xing Dong Yang and Pourang Irani. (2009).
Facilitating Multiple Target Tracking using Semantic Depth of Field (SDOF).
Proceedings of the ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '09). 4375-4380.
Paper

Pen-based Interfaces 

       Khalad Hasan, Xing-Dong Yang, Andrea Bunt & Pourang Irani. (2012).
A-Coord Input: Coordinating Auxiliary Input Streams for Augmenting Contextual Pen-Based Interactions.
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'12). 805 - 814.
Paper     Video

       Huawei Tu, Xing-Dong Yang, Feng Wang, Feng Tian & Xiangshi Ren. (2012).
Mode Switching Techniques through Pen and Device Profiles. 
Proceedings of the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI'12). 169 - 176.
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Haptic Interfaces 

       Xing-Dong Yang, Pourang Irani, Pierre Boulanger & Walter F. Bischof. (2009).
A Model for steering with haptic-force guidance.
Proceedings of the IFIP conference on Human-Computer interaction (INTERACT'09). 465-478.
Paper     

       Kurosh Zarei-nia, Xing-Dong Yang, Pourang Irani & Nariman Sepehri. (2009).
Evaluating Factors that Influence Path Tracing with Passive Haptic Guidance.
Proceedings of the International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design (HAID'09). 21-30.
Paper     

       Xing-Dong Yang,  Walter F. Bischof & Pierre Boulanger. (2008). 
Validating the performance of haptic motor skill training.
Proceedings of Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems (HAPTICS'08). 129-135.
Paper

       Xing-Dong Yang,  Walter F. Bischof & Pierre Boulanger. (2008). 
Perception of haptic force magnitude during hand movements.
Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'08). 129-135.
Paper

       Xing-Dong Yang,  Walter F. Bischof & Pierre Boulanger. (2008).
The effects of hand motion on haptic perception of force direction.
Proceedings of Euro-haptics (EH'08). 355-360.
Paper

       Pierre Boulanger, Guowei Wu, Walter F. Bischof & Xing-Dong Yang. (2006).
Hapto-Audio-Visual Environments for Collaborative Training of Ophthalmic Surgery Over Optical Network.
Proceedings of IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and their Applications (HAVE'06). 21-26.
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Computer Graphics 

       Xing-Dong Yang & Irene Cheng (2006).
3D Skeletonization using an Enhanced Voxel Tree.
Proceedings of SIGGRAPH'06 Research Poster and Abstract.
Paper

       Irene Cheng, Rui Shen, Xing-Dong Yang & Pierre Boulanger (2006).
Perceptual Analysis of Level-of-Detail: The JND Approach.
Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM'06). 533-540.
Paper

PRESS COVERAGE

New Scientist “A phone, or an all-seeing sentry at your command?” 2013
Discovery News “A Phone That Can See Its Surroundings.” 2013
Mashable “Lens Gives Your Phone Peripheral Vision.” 2013
Discovery News “'Magic Finger' Swipes Smartphone Remotely.” 2012
NBC News “Magic Finger Turns Everything into a Touch Surface.” 2012
Engadget “'Magic Finger' Reads Gestures from any Surface.” 2012
Gizmodo “Magic Thimble Turns the Entire World into a Touch Surface.” 2012
Mashable “Send Texts from Your Pocket with This Handy Ring.” 2012
Slashdot “Magic Finger Turns Any Surface into a Touch Interface.” 2012
Phys.Org “Magic Finger Device Suggests New Day for Calling up Content.” 2012
Hackaday “Magic Finger Input Device is a Camera on Your Finger Tip.” 2012
GizMag “Magic Finger Turns Any Surface into a Touch Interface.” 2012
Ubergizmo “Magic Finger Allows you to Control Computer from nigh any Surface.” 2012
Dvice “Optical Finger Input Lets You Control a PC from Nearly Any Surface.” 2012
Techaunt “Touch Your Phone from Distance – Magic Finger” 2012
Make “Finger-Mounted Device Creates Its Own Touch Interface.” 2012
Winnipeg SUN “Smart Touchscreen Built at U of M.” 2011

     

Contact Me

Address: Math Sciences 680C, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
E-mail: xdyang (at) ucalgary (dot) ca

SERVICES

Program Committee:
MobileHCI 2014

Conference Reviewer:
CHI 2010 - 2014
UIST 2012 - 2013
MobileHCI 2012 – 2013
TEI 2013
APCHI 2012
ITS 2011- 2012
IEEE 3DUI Symposium 2010, 2012
InfoVis 2011
Graphics Interface 2009 - 2010, 2014
IROS 2010

Journal Reviewer:
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 2013
International Journal on Computers & Graphics 2013
Transactions on Haptics 2010