He wang     
He Wang
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"I am a Mobile Device and I can Sense my User's Location"

Monday, March 7, 4:00 PM
Packard Lab room 416

Abstract:  Mobile devices like smartphones and smartwatches are beginning to "stick" to the human body. Given that these devices are equipped with a variety of sensors, they are becoming a natural platform to understand various aspects of human behavior. Thistalk will focus on just one dimension of human behavior, namely "location". I will begin by discussing my research on localizing humans in indoor environments, a problem that requires precise tracking of human footsteps. I will then move into localizing and tracking human arms, with applications to gesture recognition, natural user interface, and virtual reality. I will close with micro-scale tracking of the human wrist and demonstrate how motion data processing is indeed a "double edged sword", offering unprecedented utility on one hand while breaching privacy on the other.

Bio:  He Wang is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of ECE at UIUC. Before joining UIUC, he completed his MS from Duke University in 2013, and his BS from Tsinghua University in 2011. His research focuses on designing mobile sensing systems, with an emphasis on location sensing and tracking. His work has been featured in the media, including Scientific American, MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, CBS, LA Times, etc. In his spare time, He likes to intern at Microsoft Research -- he has done so four times, twice in Asia and twice in Redmond.

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