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I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. My advisor is Prof. Khai N. Truong.

My research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), and Accessible Computing, with a focus on the design, development, and evaluation of mobile, wearable, sensing, and machine learning technologies to address important challenges in accessibility, usability, and user interactions.

My research approaches are user-centered and data-driven. I apply user-centered methods to understand user problems and derive insights, and create machine learning (ML) models that utilize the insights and sensor- or user-generated data to assist users.

I'm currently on the job market, looking for an academic position. Here are my research statement and teaching statement.

Research

Accessible Computing
project profile image. An older adult is writing on the edge of one printed product instructions

Guidelines for Creating Senior-Friendly Product Instructions

Mingming Fan, Khai N. Truong
TACCESS
ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing 11, 2, Article 9 (May 2018), 35 pages.
Invited to be presented at the ASSETS 2018

BrailleSketch: A Gesture-based Text Entry Method for People with Visual Impairments

Franklin Li, Mingming Fan, Khai N. Truong
ACM ASSETS 2017
In Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA,


Sensing Technologies and Applications

SoQr: Sonically Quantifying the Content Level inside Containers

Mingming Fan, Khai N. Truong
ACM UbiComp 2015
In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3-14. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2750858.2804264
Best Paper Honarable Mention Award

Public Restroom Detection on Mobile Phone via Active Probing

Mingming Fan, Alexander T. Adams, Khai N. Truong
ACM ISWC 2014
In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 27-34. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2634317.2634320

Augmenting Gesture Recognition with Erlang-Cox Models to Identify Neurological Disorders in Premature Babies

Mingming Fan, Dana Gravem, Dan Cooper, Donald J Patterson
ACM UbiComp 2012
In Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 411-420. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2370216.2370278

Exploring the Use of Capacitive Sensing to Externally Measure Liquid Level in Fluid Containers

Mingming Fan, Khai N. Truong, Abhishek Ranjan
Knowledge Media Design Institute Technical Report, University of Toronto, 2016

Mobile and Wearable Interaction techniques

PinchList: Leveraging Pinch Gestures for Hierarchical List Navigation on Smartphones

Teng Han, Jie Liu, Khalad Hasan, Mingming Fan, Junhyeok Kim, Jiannan Li, Xiangmin Fan, Feng Tian, Edward Lank, and Pourang Irani
CHI 2019
In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Conditionally accepted)


InkPlanner: Supporting Prewriting via Intelligent Visual Diagramming

Zhicong Lu, Mingming Fan, Yun Wang, Jian Zhao, Michelle Annett, Daniel Wigdor
IEEE TVCG
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proceedings of VAST 2018), 25(1), 2019


An Empirical Study of Touch-based Authentication Methods on Smartwatches

Yue Zhao*, Zhongtian Qiu*, Yiqing Yang*, Weiwei Li*, Mingming Fan
(*equal contribution)

ACM ISWC 2017
In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 122-125. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3123021.3123049


An Empirical Study of Foot Gestures for Hands-Occupied Mobile Interaction

Mingming Fan, Yizheng Ding, Fang Shen, Yuhui You, Zhi Yu
ACM ISWC 2017
In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 172-173. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3123021.3123043

Comparing Mid-air Finger Motion with Touch for Small Target Acquisition on Wearable Devices

Mingming Fan, Anuruddha Hettiarachchi, Zhicong Lu, Seyong Ha, and Priyank Gupta
ACM CHI EA 2017
In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1593-1600. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3027063.3053092

Smart Toy Car Localization and Navigation using Projected Light

Mingming Fan, Qiong Liu, Shang Ma, Patrick Chiu
IEEE ISM 2015
2015 IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM), Miami, FL, 2015, pp. 399-402.


POLI: Interactive Multimedia Authoring and retrieval on Mobile Phone by Leveraging Its Audio Channel and Coded Light

Mingming Fan, Qiong Liu, Hao Tang, Patrick Chiu
IEEE ICME Workshop 2015
2015 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo Workshops (ICMEW), Turin, 2015, pp. 1-6.

HiFi: Hide and Find Digital Content Associated with Physical Objects via Coded Light

Mingming Fan, Qiong Liu, Hao Tang, Patrick Chiu
ACM HotMobile 2014
In Proceedings of the 15th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 6 , 6 pages.


Multi-Perspective Multi-Layer Interaction on Mobile Devices

Maryam Khademi, Mingming Fan, Hossein Mousavi Hondori, Cristina Videira Lopes
ACM UIST Adjunct 2012
In adjunct Proceedings of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST Adjunct Proceedings' 12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 65-66. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2508468.2514712


When Camera Meets Accelerometer: A Novel Way for 3D Interaction of Mobile Phone

Mingming Fan, Donald J Patterson, Yuanchun Shi
ACM MobileHCI Adjunct 2012
In Proceedings of the 14th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services companion (MobileHCI '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 131-136. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2371664.2371689


Surprise Grabber: a Co-located Tangible Social Game based on Phone Hand Gestures.

Mingming Fan, Xin Li, Yu Zhong, Li Tian, Yuanchun Shi, Hao Wang.
ACM CSCW 2011
In Proceedings of the ACM 2011 conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 625-628. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1958824.1958930


The Satellite Cursor: Achieving MAGIC Pointing without Gaze Tracking using Multiple Cursors

Yu Chun, Yuanchun Shi, Ravin Balakrishnan, Xiangliang Meng, Yue Suo, Mingming Fan, Yongqiang Qin
ACM UIST 2010
In Proceedings of the 23nd annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST '10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 163-172. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1866029.1866056


Pull and Push: Proximity-Aware User Interface for Navigating in 3D Space Using a Handheld Camera

Mingming Fan, Yuanchun Shi
HCI International 2009
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, pp. 133-140. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2009.


Doodle Space: Painting on A Public Display by Cam-Phone

Yu Zhong, Xin Li, Mingming Fan, Yuanchun Shi
In Proceedings of the 2009 ACM workshop on Ambient media computing (AMC '09). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 13-20. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1631005.1631010


Painting in Public Doodle Space with Cam-Phone Brush

Yuanchun Shi, Mingming Fan, Yu Chun, Yu Zhong, Xin Li, Yue Suo, Chenjun Wu, Xin Yang
ACM UbiComp Adjunct 2009
In Adjunct Proceedings of ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing 2009 (Demo)


Hand's 3D Movement Detection with One Handheld Camera

Mingming Fan,Liang Zhang, Yuanchun Shi
ACM VRST 2008
In Proceedings of the 2008 ACM symposium on Virtual reality software and technology (VRST '08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 255-256. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1450579.1450640


UCam: Direct Manipulation using Handheld Camera for 3D Gesture Interaction

Liang Zhang, Yuanchun Shi, Mingming Fan
ACM Multimedia 2008
In Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on Multimedia (MM '08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 801-804. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1459359.1459491


Social Computing
example images of living streaming for intagible cultural heritage

"I feel it is my responsibility to stream”: Streaming and Engaging with Intangible Cultural Heritage through Livestreaming

Zhicong Lu, Michelle Annett, Mingming Fan, Daniel Wigdor
CHI 2019
In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Conditionally accepted)

Honors and Awards

2018 Doctoral Completion Award, Department of Computer Science, Univeristy of Toronto
2015 Best Paper Honarable Mention Award, ACM UbiComp
2014 Student Travel Grant, ACM HotMobile
2011 Early Impact Award, School of Informationand Computer Science, UC Irvine
2011 Siebel Scholar, Class of 2011
2011 Outstanding Graduate, Department of Computer Science, Tsinghua University
2009 Academic Excellence Scholarship, Tsinghua University
2007 Academic Excellence Scholarship (Computer World Scholarship) (top 1%), BUPT
2007 Academic Excellence Scholarship (NEC Enterprise Scholarship) (top 3%), BUPT
2006 National First Class Prize, Mathematical Contest In Modeling, China
2006 Academic Excellence Scholarship (GUANRI Enterprise Scholarship) (top 5%), BUPT
2005 Academic Excellence Scholarship (First-Class Scholarship) (top 5%), BUPT

Services

Reviewer
ACM CHI: 2010,2013-2019
ACM UbiComp / IMWUT: 2014-2019 received "special recognition" for outstanding reviews
ACM ISWC: 2014-2017
ACM UIST: 2017,2018 received "special recognition" for outstanding reviews
IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2017
ACM VRST: 2017
ACM CHI PLAY: 2017
ACM AutomotiveUI: 2017
PervasiveHealth 2013

Student Volunteer
ACM UbiComp: 2012, 2015
ACM CHI: 2012
ACM UIST: 2012
ACM Multimedia: 2008

Teaching & Mentoring

Teaching Assistant

Fall & Winter, 2016,2017,2018 CSC2514/CSC428: Human-Computer Interaction University of Toronto
Fall 2016 INF2170: Information Architecture University of Toronto
Summer 2016 & Fall 2015 CSC207: Software Design University of Toronto

Mentoring

Summer 2018 - Now Eric Lu Finding Lost Objects via Active Acoustic Sensing
Winter 2017 Yizheng Ding, Fang Shen, Yuhui You, Zhi Yu Foot-gesture for Hands-busy Interation (pubished at ISWC'17)
Winter 2016-Winter 2017 Yue Zhao, Zhongtian Qiu, Yiqing Yang, Weiwei Li Evaluating usability and security of smartphone authentication methods (pubished at ISWC'17)


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  mfan@cs.toronto.edu
  @mingming_fan
Curriculum Vitae
          (updated: Dec. 2018)