Haimo Zhang

Haimo obtained his PhD in computer science from the NUS-HCI lab, National University of Singapore. His research interest is in human-computer interactions, and specifically stereoscopic 3D displays, 3D interactions, and haptics. In the past, Haimo has hacked existing technologies to do things they are not designed for, such as creating novel visual experiences on stereoscopic 3D displays, and enabling gestures on an un-instrumented physical keyboard. While this might become a recurring motif in his research adventure, Haimo is focused on bridging the gap between complex technologies and the needs of the users.

Haimo grew up in Nanjing, China. He went to National University of Singapore and obtained a bachelor's degree in computer engineering in 2009. In his spare time, he enjoys ice-skating and occasionally pretends to be a percussionist by making noises with his doumbek.


  • Dissanayake, V., Zhang, H., Billinghurst, M. and Nanayakkara, S., 2020. Speech Emotion Recognition ‘in the wild’ Using an Autoencoder. Proc. Interspeech 2020, pp.526-530. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Shi, Y., Zhang, H., Zhao, K., Cao, J., Sun, M. and Nanayakkara, S., 2020. Ready, Steady, Touch! Sensing Physical Contact with a Finger-Mounted IMU. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 4(2), pp.1-25. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Yilei S., Haimo Z., Jiashuo C., and Suranga N., 2020, March. VersaTouch: A Versatile Plug-and-Play System that Enables Touch Interactions on Everyday Passive Surfaces. In Proceedings of the 11th Augmented Humans International Conference (AHs ’20), March 16–17, 2020, Kaiserslautern, Germany. ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Boldu, R., Jain, S., Forero Cortes, J.P., Zhang, H. and Nanayakkara, S., 2019, October. M-Hair: Creating Novel Tactile Feedback by Augmenting the Body Hair to Respond to Magnetic Field. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 323-328). [DOI], [PDF]
  • Boldu, R., Jain, S., Cortes, J.P.F., Zhang, H. and Nanayakkara, S., 2019. M-Hair: Extended Reality by Stimulating the Body Hair. In SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 XR (pp. 27-28). [DOI], [PDF]
  • Dissanayake V., Elvitigala D.S., Zhang H., Weerasinghe C., Nanayakkara S. (2019). CompRate: Power Efficient Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability Monitoring on Smart Wearables. In 25th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST ’19), November 12–15, 2019, Parramatta, NSW, Australia. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Chan, S. W. T., Buddhika, T., Zhang, H., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019). ProspecFit: In Situ Evaluation of Digital Prospective Memory Training for Older Adults. Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol. 3, 3, Article 77 (September 2019), 20 pages. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Chua, Y., Sridhar, P. K., Zhang, H., Dissanayake, V., Nanayakkara, S., "Evaluating IVR in Primary School Classrooms"., in International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality 2019 (ISMAR2019) [PDF]
  • Chan, S. W. T., Zhang, H., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019). Prospero: A Personal Wearable Memory Coach. In Proceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference 2019 (AH2019), 26:1–26:5. ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Thisum Buddhika, Haimo Zhang, Chamod Weerasinghe, Suranga Nanayakkara, and Roger Zimmermann. 2019. OSense: Object-activity Identification Based on Gasping Posture and Motion. In Proceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference 2019 (AH2019), 13:1–13:5. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Buddhika, T., Zhang, H., Chan, S. W. T., Dissanayake, V., Nanayakkara, S., & Zimmermann, R. (2019). fSense: Unlocking the Dimension of Force for Gestural Interactions using Smartwatch PPG Sensor. In Proceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference 2019 (AH2019), 11:1–11:5. ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Yilei Shi, Haimo Zhang, Hasitha Rajapakse, Nuwan Tharaka Perera, Tomás Vega Gálvez, Suranga Nanayakkara. “GestAKey: Touch Interaction on Individual Keycaps." In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, p. 596. ACM, 2018 [URL], [PDF]
  • Sumbul Khan, Hasitha Rajapakse, Haimo Zhang, Suranga Nanayakkara, Bige Tuncer, and Lucienne Blessing. GesCAD: an intuitive interface for conceptual architectural design. In Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OZCHI '17), pp:402-406. ACM, 2017. [URL], [DOI]
  • Shi, Yilei, Tomás Vega Gálvez, Haimo Zhang, and Suranga Nanayakkara. "GestAKey: Get More Done with Just-a-Key on a Keyboard." In Adjunct Publication of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, pp. 73-75. ACM, 2017. [URL], [PDF ]
  • Roger Boldu, Haimo Zhang, Juan Pablo, Sachith Muthukumarana and Suranga Nanayakkara. InSight: A Systematic Approach to Create Dynamic Human-Controller-Interactions. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, Article No. 26. Best Short Paper Award! [PDF]