Cheng Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Ubicomp Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he works with Dr. Gregory Abowd (CS) and Dr.Omer Inan(ECE). His research interests are ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction(HCI). More specifically, his research examines how to interact, extract and apply on-body information to address real-world challenges in various application areas, particularly the space of wearables. Specifically, his research involves on-body sensors for interface, health and intelligence. He has built various sensing and interaction solutions from the bottom to the top of a system. His research includes understanding the physical phenomenon, building sensing platforms, designing form factors, data processing, and machine learning. His Ph.D. thesis work focused on novel wearable input. He has received best paper awards from top-tier conferences (Ubicomp, IUI) as well as 8 pending or granted U.S. and international patents. His research work has also been featured on miscellaneous media.
He is also an alumnus of The Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) program, which is a joint program held between the Business School at Georgia Tech and the Law School at Emory University. This program taught him how to commercialize new technology and present innovative products to the market. His research about novel input for smartwatch has been licensed to form a new startup called ProximityHCI and his work about novel input on smartphones is being adopted in products from AgVoice.
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 enjoys running in spare time. His first half-marathon was completed within two hours on Nov. 26, 2015 in Atlanta Thanksgiving Half Marathon.