Xiaoyi Zhang

Paul G. Allen Center, Room 605

I am a first year Computer Science & Engineering PhD at University of Washington, advised by Prof. James Fogarty.
In 2014, I received B.S. in CS from UCLA, where I worked with Prof. Ming-chun Huang, Prof. Wenyao Xu and Prof. Majid Sarrafzadeh in sensor-based health research.

My main research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction: Personal Informatics, Pervasive Computing, Sensor Networks & Wireless Health.
I also have interests in Visualization, Computer Vision & Augmented Reality.

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EZwakeup: A Sleep Environment Design for Sleep Quality Improvement
M-C. Huang, Xiaoyi Zhang, W. Xu, J. Liu, M. Sarrafzadeh
CHI'EA 2014 (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Extended Abstracts)

See UV on Your Skin: An Ultraviolet Sensing and Visualization System
Xiaoyi Zhang, W. Xu, M-C. Huang, F. Ren, N. Amini
BodyNets 2013 (The 8th International Conference on Body Area Networks)

Proper Running Posture Guide: A Wearable Biomechanics Capture System
Xiaoyi Zhang, M-C. Huang, F. Ren, W. Xu, N. Guan, W. Yi
BodyNets 2013 (The 8th International Conference on Body Area Networks)

(One more CSCW submission In Review)


BreathSens: A Continuous On-Bed Respiratory Monitoring System with Torso Localization using an Unobtrusive Pressure Sensing Array
J. Liu, M-C Huang, W. Xu, Xiaoyi Zhang, L. Stevens, N. Alshurafa, M. Sarrafzadeh
J-BHI Vol.PP, Iss.99, 07/2014 (IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics)

Using Pressure Map Sequences for Recognition of On Bed Rehabilitation Exercises
M-C. Huang, J. Liu, W. Xu, N. Alshurafa, Xiaoyi Zhang, M. Sarrafzadeh
J-BHI Vol.18, Iss.2, 03/2014 (IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics)

(One more CE submission In Review)

Working Experience

MOVNPIC, 2013-Now
Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer
Developed 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
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; $5M valuation.

Sponsor & Developer of "Gesture@Mac"
Initiate the first project on Demohour, which is now the largest crowd-funding website in China.


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


Control and interact with smart home by tracking non-rigid 3D face.


Provide visualized negative stimulus (an AR layer) on unhealthy food to help users lose weight.


Show an augmented layer on top of resume, with additional media information.


A multiplayer music webgame with camera motion detection by browser.

Interactive Panorama

Move head left and right to view a panorama.

Color-based Gesture Control

Control computer by a color finger glove.

Infrared Gesture Control

Control computer by a reflective finger glove.


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" (at least for 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).


One Sentence

Beginning to the Zero.

Xiaoyi Zhang

Interesting Facts

● 1000+ hours spent on 20+ light novels: DRRR!! Bungaku Syouzyo(文少) Zaregoto Series(戏言)...

● ???? hours spent on ??? animes.

● 18kg weight dropped since 06/2014.

● 10000+ downloads got in Windows Store.