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Yan Wang is currently a research fellow at Action Lab, Department of Human-Centered Computing at Monash University.

Yan’s research fits in Human-Computer interaction (HCI) and utilizes an interdisciplinary approach combining methods from the field of Engineering, Design and Psychology. She works on novel interaction techniques for augmented multisensory interactions. Yan’s PhD research focuses on designing technology-mediated multisensory experiences within food/beverages, an emerging area with benefits to multiple sectors, including health, entertainment, and hospitality. For this, she developed three interactive eating systems that can enrich and mediate food experiences via augmented auditory interactions. Yan’s PhD works have already been presented at different venues since 2018, including Tier-A conferences CHI 2019, CHI 2020, TEI 2020, DIS 2020, CHI PLAY 2018, CHI PLAY 2019 and Ubicomp 2021. These conferences are ranked Tier-A in the CORE and Google Scholar HCI ranking. She has been published 22 peer-reviewed publications in Tier-A ACM SIGCHI conferences in the field of HCI. One of her first author publications “WeScream! Towards understanding the design of playful social gustosonic experiences with ice cream” and a collaboration paper, “InsideOut: Towards an Understanding of Designing Playful Experiences with Imaging Capsules” has won the Best Paper Honourable Mention Award at DIS 2020. This award is given to the top 5% of all papers based on outstanding reviews and a rigorous evaluation by the technical program committee. 

Yan has been a research assistant supervised by Prof. Florian Mueller at Exertion Games Lab, Department of Human-Centered Computing, Monash University. Yan has led a collaborative project that is part of an Australian Centre of Excellence grant submission for a Centre for Software Development around Human Values in interactive earable systems. Yan has developed a new pipeline combining HCI methods and AI to design a novel interactive eating system. Yan’s work supports a vision of engagement with emerging technology by combing multisensory and interactive systems through a human-centered design approach. 

Yan’s long-term goal is to deliver innovative values to society through the power of interaction design and solving problems by integrating design and technology into the real world.

Research interests

Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction design, Multisensory interactions, Ludic design, Design theory

Education/Academic qualification

Software Engineering, Master of Software Engineering, Peking University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Research area keywords

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Interaction Design
  • Multisensory interaction
  • Game and Play
  • Interactive eating