Zihan Yan

Collage of Computer Science

About me


Hi! You can call me Zihan

I am an undergraduate from Zhejiang University, majoring in industrial design at Computer Science College and minoring in CHU KOCHEN Honors college's advanced education engineering class. I was fortunately chosen to be a member of UCLA HCI Research, advised by Prof. Xiang 'Anthony' Chen and Prof. Yang Zhang. Besides, I was lucky enough to have the chance to work closely with Prof. Cheng Zhang in the SciFi Lab of Cornell University.

I focus on HCI and Ubicomp, and my experience spans the domain of Sensing, Wearables, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Accessibility, Cognition, Fabrication and Healthcare. My recent works are mainly around sensing systems, and I try to explore sensing systems from these three perspectives.

  • Firstly, I enjoy building sensing systems from the bottom to the top, including fabrication and hardware assembly, deep learning algorithm development, and computational interaction design.
  • Secondly, I try to measure in what ways sensing systems will change people's attention, perception, cognition, and behavior.
  • Finally, I would like to explore intelligent user interfaces based on user-centered design, through which sensing system might play a great application value in many fields, such as health, special population assistance, and so on.

Besides, I like to embrace the challenge, change, and the journey from zero to one. Before started HCI research, I was a martial arts athlete and a UX designer.

I am applying for a Ph.D. program Fall 2022. You can check in my CV for further information.

Research Experience



Eye-trackingAugmented Reality (AR)

Prof. Xiangdong LiProf. Preben Hansen

SciFi Lab @ Cornell

Silent Speech RecognitionHand-tracking

Prof. Cheng Zhang

Fabrication @ ZJU

Shape-changing Interfaces

Prof. Guanyun Wang


Sensing System & User Interface & Specific Application


EmoGlass: an End-to-End AI-Enabled Wearable Platform for Enhancing Self-Awareness of Emotional Health

Zihan Yan, Yufei Wu, Yang Zhang, Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen



Reducing Cognitive Loads in Parcel Scanning with Eye Tracking-based Augmented Reality Headset

Zihan Yan, Yufei Wu, Yiyang Li, Yifei Shan, Preben Hansen, Xiangdong Li

IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine SystemsSubmitted

Sensing System & Computer Vision & Activity Tracking


ARGaze: A Dataset of Eye Gaze Images for Calibration-Free Eye Tracking with Augmented Reality Headset

Zihan Yan, Yue Wu, Yifei Shan, Wenqian Chen, Xiangdong Li

Journal of Nature-Scientific DataAccepted


SpeeChin: A Smart Necklace for Silent Speech Recognition

Ruidong Zhang, Mingyang Chen, Benjamin Steeper, Yaxuan Li, Zihan Yan, Yizhuo Chen, Songyun Tao, Tuochao Chen, Hyunchul Lim, Cheng Zhang


Wearable & Fabrication


ThermoFit: On-Skin, On-Demand Thermoforming of Rigid Body-Fitting Wearables

Guanyun Wang, Yue Yang, Zihan Yan, Qiang Cui, Deying Pan, Danli Luo, Yiming Zhang, Zihong Zhou, Junzhe Ji, Jiaji Li, Ye Tao, Lingyun Sun



SenseNet: Designing a Reconfigurable Electronic Net with Stereoscopic Sensing

Lingyun Sun, Zihong Zhou, Qiang Cui, Yinyu Lu, Deying Pan, Jiaji Li, Zihan Yan, Danli, Yang Zhang, Ye Tao, Guanyun Wang


Sensing System & Perception Measurement


Moment-to-Moment Continuous Attention Fluctuation Monitoring through Consumer-Grade EEG Device

Shan Zhang*, Zihan Yan*, Shardul Sapkota, Shengdong Zhao, Wei-Tsang Ooi



Gender Differences of Cognitive Loads in Augmented Reality-based Warehouse

Zihan Yan, Yifei Shan, Kailin Yin, Yiyang Li, Xiangdong Li

Conference Paper A, IEEE VR 2021PDFDOI