Hi! I am Ruolin Wang (Violynne), a Research Assistant and Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Research Group at University of California, Los Angeles, advised by Prof.  Xiang 'Anthony' Chen. Prior to joining UCLA, I worked in the Tsinghua Pervasive HCI Group through the Interdisciplinary Master Program across School of Information Science and Technology, Academy of Arts and Design and School of News and Journalism. I received M.Sc degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University and BEng degree in Microelectronics from Tianjin University.  

 

My mission is to create seamless experience and improve wellbeing toward real-world users through Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Research.

 

 

My Study Call for Participants! Using a writing and notating platform developed by Human-Computer Interaction Research Group @ UCLA to conduct 10-mins anonymous expressive writing 3 times within a week! Participants will be compensated with $20 per hour via an electronic Amazon gift card. Please fill in this questionnaire if you are interested. Check this page or contact violynne@g.ucla.edu for more details.

Selected Publications

EarTouch: Facilitating Smartphone Use for Visually Impaired People in Public and Mobile Scenarios

Ruolin Wang, Chun Yu, Xing-Dong Yang, Weijie He, Yuanchun Shi ( CHI 2019, Best Paper Honorable Mention 🏅)

Interacting with a smartphone using touch and speech output is challenging for visually impaired people in public and mobile scenarios, where only one hand may be available for input (e.g. with the other one holding a cane) and privacy may not be guaranteed when playing speech output using the speakers. EarTouch is a one-handed interaction technique that allows the users to interact with a smartphone by touching the ear on the screen. Users hold the smartphone in a talking position and listen to speech output from ear speaker privately. Eight ear gestures were deployed to support seven common tasks including answering a phone call, sending a message, map navigation, etc. EarTouch also brings us a step closer to the inclusive design for all users who may suffer from situational disabilities. 

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📧Contact: violynne@ucla.edu

Latest News

June 20 2020: One work rejected by UIST.

May 6 2020: One work submitted to UIST.

March 20 2020: Finished a course on Bioelectronics.

Feb 7 2020: One work accepted by CHI LBW.

Dec 13 2019: Finished a course on Neuroscience.

Dec 8 2019: One work rejected by CHI.

Oct 25 2019: One work accepted by IMWUT.

Oct 22 2019: One work presented at UIST SIC.

Sep 20 2019: One paper submitted to CHI.

Aug 15 2019: One paper submitted to IMWUT.

July 30 2019: My first time attending SIGGRAPH.

 

Collaboration

UCLA STAND Program

UCLA Disabilities and Computing Program

NLP Group @ Computer Science, UCLA

Laboratory for Clinical and Affective Psychophysiology @ Psychology, UCLA

ACE, Makeability, Make4all @ UW

Human-Computer Interaction Initiative @ HKUST

 Interaction Lab @ KAIST

 

Service

Publicity Co-Chair (ISS 2020)

Accessibility Co-chair (UIST 2020)

Associate Chair (CHI LBWs 2020)

Reviewer (CHI, UIST, CSCW, MobileHCI, IMWUT, IEEE RO-MAN, ISS 2020)

Student Volunteer (UIST 2019)

Volunteer at Beijing Volunteer Service Foundation and the China Braille Library (2018)

 

Teaching

ECE 209AS Human-Computer Interaction, UCLA (2019 Fall, 2020 Fall)

 

Honors & Awards

Selected for a SIGCHI Student Travel Grant, 2020

Selected to CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women, 2020

Graduates with distinction & Outstanding Thesis Award , Tsinghua University 2019

Best Paper Honorable Mention Award (Top 5%), CHI 2019

National Scholarship (Top 1%), Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, 2018

Second Prize, Tsinghua University 35th Challenge Cup, 2018

Comprehensive Scholarship (Top 4%), Tsinghua University, 2017

First Prize, GIX Innovation Competition, 2016

Outstanding Thesis Award, Tianjin University, 2015

  

Invited Talks

"Inclusive Design: Accessibility Ignites Innovation" at TEDxTHU, 2018

 

Selected Press

TechCrunch: Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing

The Next Web: Alibaba’s inexpensive smart display tech makes shopping easier for the visually impaired 

Techengage: Alibaba's Smart Touch is everything for the visually impaired