Yuhang Zhao is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), accessibility, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), human-centered AI, and mobile interaction. She designs and builds intelligent interactive systems to enhance human abilities. Her Ph.D. dissertation focuses on understanding the visual perception of people with low vision, and designing AR applications to enhance their visual abilities in various daily activities. Her work has been published at many top-tier conferences and journals in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (including two best paper nominees), as well as 3 U.S. and international patents. She received her Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, and B.E. degree and M.S. degree with distinction on thesis in Computer Science at Tsinghua University.

For more information about Yuhang, see her [CV] [Google Scholar].


Designing Augmented Reality Systems to Empower People with Low Vision, A11yVR Meetup, Oct 22, 2020.

Canetroller: Enabling People with Visual Impairments to Navigate Virtual Reality with a Haptic and Auditory Cane Simulation, CHI 2018

Designing Technologies to Make Virtual Reality Accessible for People with Low Vision, DUB Talk, Jan 13, 2019.



One paper conditionally accepted to CHI 2021 (Congrats Yueting Weng)! Stay tuned for the preprint.  


Defended my PhD dissertation! Big thanks to my advisor Shiri Azenkot and committee members Serge Belongie and Deborah Estrin for inspiring and supporting my research!


Our video presentation for CHI 2020 is out! In this talk, we introduced our user study on comparing the effectivenss of visual and audio wayfinding guidance on smartglasses for people with low vision. Check it out here!

 12.10. 2019

Two papers got conditionally accepted to CHI 2020! Aloha Hawaii!!!

 11.01. 2019

My journal paper on ForeSee with a whole set of interaction techniques for low vision is accepted by TACCESS!

 8.9. 2019

I was selected to participate in the EECS Rising Stars 2019! Looking forward to meeting everyone in the workshop!


 6.10. 2019

I'm hosting the Mixed Reality and Accessibility workshop at ISMAR 2019, Beijing. Submit a paper and join us in October! The submission deadline is July 19th. For more details, please refer to our website.

 5.30. 2019

Start working at University of Washington as a visiting PhD student for this summer!

 5.24. 2019

SeeingVR is now open source on GitHub! Feel free to download and try it out! 

Link: https://github.com/microsoft/SeeingVRtoolkit

 4.24. 2019

I wrote a blog about our SeeingVR research on Medium Publication. You can read the article here if you are interested in!


 1.28. 2019

My research project Canetroller collaborated with Microsoft was recognized as one of "The 15 coolest interfaces of the year" by CO.Design.


 1.19. 2019

I will be giving a talk at the DUB seminar at University of Washington on Jan 23 2018. Here's the link to more information.  


 1.10. 2019 

I will give a talk at the HCI lab at Tsinghua University in China. 

 11.1. 2018 

My paper at ASSETS 2018 received a best paper nomination! 

 2~3. 2018 

My project Canetroller collaborated with Microsoft Research attracted the attention of  various media outlets, including New Scientist, TNW, Digital Bodies, TechXplore, etc. 

 1.23. 2018 

I was recognized as 2018 Facebook PhD Fellowship finalist.