Xiaoyi Zhang | 张骁懿


4th year CS PhD student at University of Washington
Advised by Prof. James Fogarty

HCI / Accessibility / Personal Informatics

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Publication (15)

Conference (10)

Robust Annotation of Mobile Application Interfaces in Methods for Accessibility Repair and Enhancement
X. Zhang, A. Ross, J. Fogarty
UIST 2018 (Accepted) • PDFVideo

Interactiles: 3D Printed Tactile Interfaces on Phone to Enhance Mobile Accessibility
X. Zhang, T. Tran, Y. Sun, I. Culhane, S. Jain, J. Fogarty, J. Mankoff
ASSETS 2018 (Accepted) • PDFVideo

Examining Image-Based Button Labeling for Accessibility in Apps through Large-Scale Analysis
A. Ross, X. Zhang, J. Fogarty, J. Wobbrock
ASSETS 2018 (Accepted) • PDF

Epidemiology as a Framework for Large-Scale Mobile Application Accessibility Assessment
A. Ross, X. Zhang, J. Fogarty, J. Wobbrock
ASSETS 2017 • PDFOfficial Page (Best Paper Nominee)

Interaction Proxies for Runtime Repair and Enhancement of Mobile Application Accessibility
X. Zhang, A. Ross, A. Caspi, J. Fogarty, J. Wobbrock
CHI 2017 • PDFOfficial PageVideo

Smartphone-Based Gaze Gesture Communication for People with Motor Disabilities
X. Zhang, H. Kulkarni, M. Morris
CHI 2017 • PDFOfficial PageVideo

Examining Unlock Journaling with Diaries and Reminders for In Situ Self-Report in Health and Wellness
X. Zhang, L. Pina, J. Fogarty
CHI 2016 • PDFOfficial PageVideo

Leveraging Dual-Observable Input for Fine-Grained Thumb Interaction Using Forearm EMG
D. Huang, X. Zhang, T. S. Saponas, J. Fogarty, S. Gollakota
UIST 2015 • PDFOfficial PageVideo

See UV on Your Skin: An Ultraviolet Sensing and Visualization System
X. Zhang, W. Xu, M-C. Huang, F. Ren, N. Amini
BodyNets 2013 • PDFOfficial Page

Proper Running Posture Guide: A Wearable Biomechanics Capture System
X. Zhang, M-C. Huang, F. Ren, W. Xu, N. Guan, W. Yi
BodyNets 2013 • PDFOfficial Page

Journal (3)

FridgeNet: A Nutrition and Social Activity Promotion Platform for Aging Population
Y. Lee, M-C Huang, X. Zhang, W. Xu
Intelligent Systems, IEEE 30 (4) • PDFOfficial Page

BreathSens: A Continuous On-Bed Respiratory Monitoring System with Torso Localization using an Unobtrusive Pressure Sensing Array
J. Liu, M-C Huang, W. Xu, X. Zhang, L. Stevens, N. Alshurafa, M. Sarrafzadeh
Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Journal of 19 (5) • PDFOfficial Page

Using Pressure Map Sequences for Recognition of On Bed Rehabilitation Exercises
M-C. Huang, J. Liu, W. Xu, N. Alshurafa, X. Zhang, M. Sarrafzadeh
Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Journal of 18 (2) • PDFOfficial Page

Workshop and Extend Abstract (2)

Toward a Portable, Self-administered Critical Flicker Frequency Test
R. Karkar, R. Kocielnik, X. Zhang, J. Fogarty, G N. Ioannou, S A. Munson, J. Zia
Ubicomp Mental Health Workshop 2016 • PDFOfficial Page

EZwakeup: A Sleep Environment Design for Sleep Quality Improvement
M-C. Huang, X. Zhang, W. Xu, J. Liu, M. Sarrafzadeh
CHI'EA 2014 • PDFOfficial PagePoster


K. Kohlhoff, X. Zhang
WO 2015164584, US 20150309569 • Google Patent

Media Coverage

Microsoft app helps people with ALS speak using just their eyes

Reported by Newsweek / New Scientist / The Telegraph and other 30+ medias.


Reported by Engadget China / 36kr / China Youth Daily


Academic Conferences
Invited Paper Reviewer
Reviewed 15 papers in TEI (2018), CHI / Mobile HCI / DIS / SUI (2017), UIST / CHI LBW (2016)

Research Intern in Enable Team
Open-sourced SwipeSpeak (Github), a phone app that combines human and machine intelligence to enable eye gesture communication. Will soon open-source an eye gesture recognition library (cross-platform).

Research Intern in Enable Team
Built a low-cost, robust, portable, easy-to-learn and fast gaze gesture communication phone app for people with ALS.

Research Intern in Machine Intelligence group
Developed 3 new features in coLaboratory (Collborative iPython Notebook).

Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer
Design & Develop an iOS app to create Interactive images.

Research Intern in Computer Vision & HCI group
Built non-rigid face features detection, pose & gaze tracking for 3 teams.

APPLE, 2012 (Freshman Summer)
Software Engineering Intern in iCloud
Implemented 1 new feature, improved UX of 3 webapps and fixed 47 bugs.

Webmaster & Developer
Charitable rural information education using low-cost Android Tablet like OLPC.

TALKWAYS, 2011-2012
Co-founder & Former CTO
Video chat platform to learn language with culture; received $1 million investment.

Inventor of "Gesture@Mac"
Initiate the first project on Demohour, the largest crowd-funding platform in China now.

Project Demo Videos

As a hacker, I'd love to "Move fast and break things". Click to see demo videos.


Corin Anderson Endowed Fellowship, 09/2014
CSE Dept, University of Washington
$50000 / It allows me to "pursue academic course and research work in complete freedom" (in the first year).

CESASC Scholarship, 04/2014
Chinese-American Engineers&Scientists Association of Southern California
$1000 / One of national 10 winners, nominated by CESASC.

New Face of Engineering College Edition, 02/2014
National Society of Professional Engineers
$500 / One of national 15 winners, nominated by IEEE and other Engineer Associations.

Student Participation Grant, 09/2013
European Alliance for Innovation
$600 / Present two papers at Bodynets conference.

Best Overall, Mobile App&Data Visualization, 04/2013
LA Hacks, 40+ teams
$7500 / Project EyeWeight attracted Eytan Elbaz (Google Adsense founder).

Second Place, 04/2013
Facebook Hackathon, 250+ participants
$800 / Project AResume was appreciated by Facebook recruiter.

Grand Prize&Tech Difficulty Prize, 10/2012
HackUCLA, 20+ teams
$33000 / Project Music++ attracted Howard Marks (Activision founder).

Food Arts


Beginning to the Zero.

—Xiaoyi Zhang

Interesting Facts

- 1000+ hours spent on 20+ light novels
- ???? hours spent on ??? animes.
- 18kg weight dropped in 3 months.
- 10000+ downloads got in Windows Store.