I am a research scientist at FX Palo Alto Laboratory (FXPAL). My current research focuses on human behavior sensing and analysis. Prior to my position at FXPAL, I was a post-doc researcher in the Pattern Recognition & Bioinformatics Group in TU Delft. I was a research fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden, in the Computer Vision and Active Perception Lab (CVAP), where I investigated natural human-robot interaction and social robotics.

I received my PhD degree in Computer Science from Lancaster University in 2015, where I was also a Marie Curie research fellow. While in Lancaster, I investigated novel video-based gaze estimation techniques, gaze-based interaction for large displays, and using eye tracking for detecting dementia and health monitoring. I obtained my Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam, where I was awarded the Huygens Scholarship.

Research Interests

  • Human Behaviour Analysis
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition

Past Projects

  • Resourceful Ageing, Exploring data-driven and machine learning approaches to design novel IoT services for ageing populations, TU Delft, 2016 – 2018
  • MODEM (Monitoring Of Dementia using Eye Movements), Lancaster University, 2015
  • Combining Gaze and Hand Gestures for Remote Interaction, Microsoft Research Cambridge, June 2014 – August 2014
  • iCareNet (Intelligent Context-Aware Systems for Healthcare, Wellness, and Assisted Living), Lancaster University, 2011 – 2014
  • EAR (Eye-based Activity Recognition), Lancaster University, 2011
  • Multi-people Tracking using Graph Representation with Ceiling Mounted Video Cameras, Philips Research Eindhoven, January 2010 – October 2010

Research Services

I served as the Paper & Proceedings chair for the 5th ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI 2017). Previously, I co-organised the 5th International Workshop on Pervasive Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction (sponsored by 3 industry partners) with academics from ETH Zurich and Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in 2015. I served on the program committee for the 3rd and the 6th International Workshop on Pervasive Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction. I served on the program committee of the IEEE conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG) from 2017 to 2019. Frequently, I get invited to review submissions for international conferences (e.g., CHI, UIST, UbiComp, HRI, MobileHCI), Journals (e.g., Sensors, PMC, IJHCS, IMWUT, TMC, PLOS One) and magazines.


Email: yzhang[at]fxpal[dot]com