Hello. I’m Lei Zhang.I am a Ph.D. student at University of Michigan, School of Information, luckily advised by Professor Steve Oney and Professor Anhong Guo.
Auggie: Encouraging Effortful Communication through Handcrafted Digital Experiences
Lei Zhang*, Tianying Chen*, Olivia Seow*, Tim Chong, Sven Kratz, Yu Jiang Tham, Andrés Monroy-Hernández, Rajan Vaish, and Fannie Liu. (To appear at CSCW 2022)
Digital communication is often brisk and automated. From auto-completed messages to “likes,” research has shown that such lightweight interactions can affect perceptions of authenticity and closeness. On the other hand, effort in relationships can forge emotional bonds by conveying a sense of caring and is essential in building and maintaining relationships. To explore effortful communication, we designed and evaluated Auggie, an iOS app that encourages partners to create digitally handcrafted Augmented Reality (AR) experiences for each other.
FlowMatic: An Immersive Authoring Tool for Creating Interactive Scenes in Virtual Reality
In this paper, we introduces FlowMatic, an immersive authoring tool that raises the ceiling of expressiveness by allowing novice programmers to specify reactive behavior.
Studying the Benefits and Challenges of Immersive Dataflow Programming
In this paper, we study the benefits and challenges of immersive dataflow authoring, a paradigm that allows users to build VR applications using dataflow notation while immersed in the VR world.
Cubicle: An Adaptive Educational Gaming Platform for Training Spatial Visualization Skills
We study gamification as a way to motivate first year engineering students to take part in an online workshop designed to train their spatial visualization skills. Our game contains eight modules, each designed to train a different component of spatial visualization.