Cornell University
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Assistant Professor
Cheng Zhang

Areas of Interest

ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction (HCI)


Cheng Zhang received his Ph.D. 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 solicit information on and around the human body to address real-world challenges in various application areas, such as interaction, health sensing, and activity recognition.  His Ph.D. thesis presents over 10 different novel input techniques for wearables, some leveraging commodity devices while others incorporate new hardware. He usually builds sensing systems from the bottom to the top, including understanding the physical phenomenon, building hardware prototypes, designing form factors,  processing data, and designing algorithms (machine learning or physics-based modeling).  His work has resulted in over a dozen publications in top-tier conferences and journals in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing (including two best paper awards), as well as over 8 pending U.S. and international patents. His work also has attracted the attention of various media outlets, including ScienceDaily, DigitalTrends, ZDNet, New Scientist, RT, TechRadar,, Yahoo News, Business Insider, and MSN News.