Cheng Zhang is a Ph.D. student in computer science at Ubicomp Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he works with Dr. Gregory Abowd and Dr.Omer Inan. His research interests are ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction(HCI). More specifically, addressing the challenges on input for wearables via providing various high-level interaction gestures, novel low-level input events, and redesign of the wearable user interfaces. He has received best paper awards from top-tier conferences (Ubicomp, IUI). His research work has been featured on numerous media. His work on phone interaction has been applied on commercial products (E.g., AgVoice) and his technology about smartwatch interaction has been directly used to form a startup called ProximityHCI.
Before coming to Georgia Tech, he received his bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Nankai University and his master’s degree from the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an outstanding graduate, where he started his curiosity on HCI and acquired his first-hand research experience across tangible user interface, HCI for children, music interface.
He is an enthusiastic sports fan and recently has started running the marathon. His first half-marathon was completed within two hours on Nov. 26, 2015 in Atlanta Thanksgiving Half Marathon.
During these running activities, he realizes “The weakest part in your body is always your mind”.