Hi. My name is Jaeyeon [JAY-awn] and I am a fresh Ph.D. in computer science, recently graduated from the School of Computing, KAIST.
As a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher, I have been exploring human haptic perception on various types of computers from wearable devices to hand-held VR controllers. In my research, I create novel physical user interfaces that enable efficient and natural interactions based on the findings from empirical experiments on human perception.
I was a research intern at Microsoft Research (Mentors: Mike Sinclair, Mar Gonzalez-Franco, Eyal Ofek, Christian Holz, and Ken Hinckley) in summer 2018. Before the internship, I was a visiting student at Professor Jürgen Steimle's Lab at Saarland University. I earned my Master's degree from KAIST EE and B.Eng. from Kwangwoon University School of Robotics. I am a recipient of NAVER Ph.D. Fellowship Award 2016.

You can find the full list of my publications in my google scholar profile and in my CV (PDF).

Recent News

Oct 30, 2020  Talk  at Korean Institute of Information Scientist & Engineers - Women Workshop.
Oct 16, 2020  Talk  to HCI Engineering & Design Lab at Texas A&M University.
Sep 4, 2020 Selected as EECS Rising Stars in Korea.
Aug 20, 2020  Talk  Gave a tutorial talk on "Reading Papers to Write CHI Papers" at HCI Korea 2020.
Apr 17, 2020 Defended my dissertation on "Non-Contact Wearable Tactile Display using Airflows".
Oct 22, 2019  UIST 2019  PseudoBend has been presented. Implementation details are here.
Sep 25, 2019  Talk  to Professor Pedro Lopes's Lab at University of Chicago.
Jul 24, 2019  Paper  PseudoBend has been accepted to UIST 2019 :)
May 9, 2019  CHI 2019  Like A Second Skin has been presented.
May 9, 2019  CHI 2019  TORC has been presented. Slides are available here.
May 6, 2019  CHI 2019  Mode Errors in Korean-English Keyboard has been presented.
May 5, 2019  Video  TORC video got >10k views!
May 2, 2019  Blog  TORC, my internship project at MSR, was featured in Microsoft Research Blog.
Mar 15, 2019  Award  Like A Second Skin receives Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2019.
Jan 13, 2019  Special Recognition  for Outstanding Review at CHI 2019.
Dec 11, 2018  Papers  All of three submissions have been accepted to CHI 2019.
Jun - Aug, 2018  Research Intern  at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA.
Jun 12, 2018  DIS 2018  Touch Branch was presented.
Apr 25, 2018  CHI 2018  Multimodal Watch-back Tactile Display has been presented.
Dec 2017 - Apr 2018  Visiting Student  at Professor Jürgen Steimle's Lab at Saarland University, Germany.
Apr 9, 2018  Talk  to Professor Herbert Shea's Lab at EPFL, Switzerland.
Jan 1, 2018  IJHCS  Square Watch Interaction has been published on IJHCS.
Dec 19, 2017  Paper  Multimodal Tactile Display has been accepted to CHI 2018.
Nov 10, 2017  Award  Touch Branch won Outstanding Paper Award for ISSM 2017.
Aug 1, 2017  Paper  My paper got accepted to UIST 2017 Doctoral Symposium, one of my phd wishes :-)
Jul 27, 2017  Thesis  proposed.

Honors and Awards

  • EECS Rising Stars in Korea, 2020
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention Award, CHI 2019
  • Special Recognition for Outstanding Review, CHI 2019
  • Outstanding Paper Award, ISSM 2017
  • DAAD GradUS Global Scholarship
  • UIST 2017 Doctoral Symposium
  • SCF 2017 Summer School Travel Grant
  • NAVER PhD Fellowship Award
  • Google Travel Grant
  • Outstanding TA Award, School of Computing, KAIST
  • Outstanding TA Award, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST
  • 1st Prize, Graduation Exhibition, School of Robotics, Kwangwoon Univ.
  • Full Scholarship (for 4 years), School of Robotics, Kwangwoon Univ.

Academic Services

    Organizing Committee
  • AHs'21 Poster Co-Chair
  • SIGCHI Korea Local Chapter HCI Korea 2020 Mentorship Co-Chair
  • ISS'19 Student Volunteer Co-Chair
    Program Committee
  • CHI'19 Late-breaking Work
  • MobileHCI'19 Late-Breaking Results
  • TEI'17 Work-in-Progress
  • CHI'17 Interactivity Demo
  • CHI'18-21
  • UIST'18-20
  • CSCW'20
  • TEI'17-19
  • DIS'18
  • ISWC'17
  • IEEE VR'19-20
  • IEEE VR Journal
  • IEEE Transactions on Haptics
    Student Volunteer
  • CHI'15-16
  • UIST'15,18


Research Projects

PseudoBend (UIST'19)
We present a technique for haptic feedback that creates the illusion that a rigid device is being stretched, bent, or twisted. The method uses a single 6-DOF force sensor and a vibrotactile actuator to render grain vibrations to simulate the vibrations produced during object deformation based on the changes in force or torque exerted on a device.

TORC (@ Microsoft Research, CHI'19)
Recent hand-held controllers have explored a variety of haptic feedback sensations for users in virtual reality by producing both kinesthetic and cutaneous feedback from virtual objects. These controllers are grounded to the user's hand and can only manipulate objects through arm and wrist motions, not using the dexterity of their fingers as they would in real life.

Like a Second Skin (@ Saarland HCI Lab, Honorable Mention at CHI'19)
The emerging class of epidermal devices opens up new opportunities for skin-based sensing, computing, and interaction. Future design of these devices requires an understanding of how skin-worn devices affect the natural tactile perception.

Mode Errors in Korean-English Dual-language Keyboard (CHI'19)
In countries where languages with non-Latin characters are prevalent, people use a keyboard with two language modes namely, the native language and English, and often experience mode errors. To diagnose the mode error problem, we conducted a field study and observed that 78% of the mode errors occurred immediately after application switching.

Square Watch Interaction (IJHCS, 2018)
Smartwatch has a limited input vocabulary because of its small touchscreen. Using touch sensitive edge as an input is one of the promising solutions. We explored interaction techniques that use the possible combinations of touch sensitive edges and the touchscreen.

Touch Branch (Lumi Land (2017); Outstanding Paper Award at ISSM'17; DIS'18)
Interpersonal touch, one of the most primitive social languages, is an excellent design element frequently utilized in interaction design. We built an interactive system that can sense simple touch and interpersonal touches. We observed the interpersonal touches and discussed the effect of social relationship and the spatial distance. This research project was a part of an interactive installation project,Lumi Land (2017), at National Science Museum in Korea.

Multimodal Watch-back Tactile Display (CHI'18)
We proposed the idea of layering two disjoint tactile sensations (wind and vibration) together to expand the information capacity of watch-back tactile display. We presented interaction scenarios and the pattern recognition experiment results of multimodal tactile display.

Non-contact Wearable Tactile Display (UIST'16)
Traditional wearable tactile displays transfer tactile stimulations through a firm contact between the stimulator and the skin. We conjecture that a firm contact may not be always possible and acceptable. We explored the concept of a non-contact wearable tactile display using an airflow, which can transfer information without a firm contact.

Watch-back Tactile Display (CHI'15)
A watch-back tactile display (WBTD) is expected to be a viable supplement to the user interface limitations of a smartwatch. However, its design requires that many design parameters such as tactor types and stimulus patterns be determined. We conducted a series of experiments to explore a best design of a WBTD consisting of 3×3 tactors and presented the results.


Peer-reviewed Conference and Journal Papers

  1. PseudoBend: Producing Haptic Illusions of Stretching, Bending, and Twisting Using Grain Vibrations
    Seongkook Heo, Jaeyeon Lee, Daniel Wigdor. UIST 2019.
    [git repository] [acm dl]
  2. TORC: A Virtual Reality Controller for In-Hand High-Dexterity Finger Interaction
    Jaeyeon Lee, Mike Sinclair, Mar Gonzalez-Franco, Eyal Ofek, Christian Holz. CHI 2019.
    [MSR blog post] [acm dl] [slides]
  3. Diagnosing and Coping with Mode Errors in Korean-English Dual-language Keyboard
    Sangyoon Lee, Jaeyeon Lee, Geehyuk Lee. CHI 2019.
    [project page] [acm dl]
  4. Like A Second Skin: Understanding How Epidermal Devices Affect Human Tactile Perception
    Aditya Shekhar Nittala, Klaus Kruttwig, Jaeyeon Lee, Roland Bennewitz, Eduard Arzt, Jürgen Steimle. CHI 2019. Best Paper Honorable Mention Award
    [pre-print] [project page] [acm dl]
  5. TouchBranch: Understanding Interpersonal Touches in Interactive Installation
    Seungki Kim, Jiwoo Hong, Jaeyeon Lee, Hyunsook Choi, Geehyuk Lee, and Woohun Lee. DIS 2018.
    [gif] [acm dl]
  6. Exploring Multimodal Watch-back Tactile Display using Wind and Vibration
    Youngbo Shim, Jaeyeon Lee, and Geehyuk Lee. CHI 2018.
    [video preview] [acm dl]
  7. Evaluation of Edge-based Interaction on a Square Smartwatch
    Sunggeun Ahn, Jaeyeon Lee, Keunwoo Park, and Geehyuk Lee. IJHCS 109 (2018): 68-78.
    [paper link]
  8. Developing and Understanding UX of the Interactive Installation with Interpersonal Touch Technology
    Seungki Kim, Jiwoo Hong, Jaeyeon Lee, Geehyuk Lee, Woohun Lee, and Hyunsook Choi. ISSM 2017. Outstanding Paper Award
  9. Designing a Non-contact Wearable Tactile Display Using Airflows
    Jaeyeon Lee and Geehyuk Lee. UIST 2016.
    [video figure] [acm dl] [slides]
  10. Investigating the Information Transfer Efficiency of a 3×3 Watch-back Tactile Display
    Jaeyeon Lee, Jaehyun Han, and Geehyuk Lee. CHI 2015.
    [video figure] [acm dl] [slides]
  11. Defying Gravity: A Novel Method of Converting Screen Orientation
    Jaeyeon Lee and Da Young Ju. IJSH 7.5 (2013).
  12. Implementation of Four Port Birdcage Coil in 3 Tesla MRI System
    Jaeyeon Lee, ChangHeun Oh, and HyunWook Park. ITC-CSCC 2012.

Extended Abstracts: Doctoral Symposium and Demonstrations

  1. PseudoBend: Producing Haptic Illusions of Stretching, Bending, and Twisting Using Grain Vibrations
    Seongkook Heo, Jaeyeon Lee, Daniel Wigdor. UIST 2019 Adjunct, Demonstration .
  2. Demonstration of TORC: A Virtual Reality Controller for In-Hand High-Dexterity Finger Interaction
    Jaeyeon Lee, Mike Sinclair, Mar Gonzalez-Franco, Eyal Ofek, Christian Holz. UIST 2019 Adjunct, Demonstration.
  3. Exploring Multimodal Watch-back Tactile Display using Wind and Vibration
    Youngbo Shim, Jaeyeon Lee, and Geehyuk Lee. CHI 2018 EA, Demonstration.
  4. Wind Tactor: An Airflow-based Wearable Tactile Display
    Jaeyeon Lee. UIST 2017 Adjunct, Doctoral Symposium.


Last update: Oct 2020