Invent the Future

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. student at the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). I am working as a UMIACS Graduate Research Assistant advised by Prof. Varshney at the Augmentarium, working on all aspects of virtual and augmented environments, spanning 3D user interfaces for social city (Social Street View), 4D content acquisition and rendering (Video Fields), tracking and registration. Previously, I worked in the Makeability Lab of the HCIL advised by Prof. Jon Froehlich where I published two projects on AtmoSPHERE (CHI'15 WiP) and HandSight (TACCESS'16, ACCESS'15, ECCV'14 Workshop), and contributed to Tohme (UIST 2014). My major research interests are inventing future interactive technologies, thus including interactive 3D graphics, HCI and computer vision. Feel free to watch my Youtube list for exciting demos!

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I got my M.S. in May 2015. Prior to UMD, I got my B.S. degree from ACM Class, Computer Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). I served as the vice president of the ACM Class and a undergraduate research assistant in BCMI Lab. From Jul. 2012 to Feb. 2013, I worked as a full-time intern at Microsoft Research Asia working on 3DVAR: From 3D reconstruction To Virtual and Augmented Reality while serving as the Chief Technology Officer at the ARD Intern Community of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research & Development Group.

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Selected Projects

AngryBirds: Deliberately Planning and Acting for Angry Birds with Refinement Methods

Ruofei Du, Zebao Gao, Zheng Xu

C-Flow: Visualizing Foot Traffic and Profit Data to Make Informative Decisions

Tiffany Chao, Ruofei Du, Jonathan Gluck, Hitesh Maidasani, Kent Wills, Ben Shneiderman

57aMP: Create physical stamps using the thermal power of touch.

Tiffany Chao, Ruofei Du, Jon Froehlich

Cubot: An In-hand or Wearable Input Device Attached onto Everyday Object

Ruofei Du, Fan Du, Jon Froehlich

57fire: Create live fire illusion in holographic display using heat

Ruofei Du, Tiffany Chao, Jon Froehlich

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  • Prof. Amitabh Varshney (Graphics, AR - Research Advisor)
  • Prof. Jon E. Froehlich (HCI - Academic Advisor)

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    Previous Advisors

  • Prof. Bao-Liang Lu (Neural Network, Machine Learning - SJTU BCMI Lab)
  • Dr. Zhiwei Li (Computer Vision, Segmentation, 3D Reconstruction - MSRA)
  • Dr. Rui Cai (Computer Vision, Tracking - MSRA)
  • Prof. Lei Zhang (Academic Advisor, Computer Vision - MSRA)
  • Prof. Yong Yu (Academic Advisor, Data Mining - ACM Class)

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