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Internet Friends,

Nice to meet you

Just call me Jesse. 

I'm a technical User Experience designer based in Chicago, being passionate about XR design and other tangible IXD.  

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What if there was a system in place to support hybrid living?

HMW connect hybrid workers with the right resources in their neighborhood.

When WebXR becomes common, how should designers get ready for the new design area?

Getting more people involved in Translational Research is the key to save more lives. 

In the new norm, HMW bring back daily socialization for remote workers while protecting their boundaries?

In the post-pandemic, are cloud drinking and in-home dancing possible? MR gave the solution. 

What if facial expressions are a new input for games? How life looks like in AR. 

Summer Intern in iMotions, working on implementing eye-tracking SDK to Varjo XR-3 and making tutorials for clients and sales team.

What's the user experience when Lvl 5 AV comes to campus? An entire system for self-driving shuttle.

Using COVID daily death data , bringing a new Monument to tell one thing — the passing lives are not numbers, we should remember them.


ShadowAstro: Levitating Constellation Silhouette for Spatial Exploration and Learning

Jury Honorable Mention

Chenfeng (Jesse) Gao*, Jiatong Li*, Ken Nakagaki

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AeroRigUI: Actuated TUIs for Spatial Interaction using Rigging Swarm Robots on Ceilings in Everyday Space

Chenfeng (Jesse) Gao*, Lilith Yu*, David Wu, Ken Nakagaki

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Submitting to ACM CHI2024

SHAPE-IT: Leveraging Generative AI to Generate and Customize Dynamic and Interactive Physical Shapes on Pin-based Shape Display through Real-time Language based Instruction

Chenfeng (Jesse) Gao*, Wanli (Michael) Qian*, ... Ken Nakagaki


Jesse is a designer who has an interest in tangible interfaces, mixed reality, and multimodal interaction. Currently, he is pursuing his studies in Computer Science as a pre-doctoral student at the University of Chicago. Under the guidance of Dr. Ken Nakagaki, Jesse is exploring the field of tangible and actuated interactions at AxLab.

Before joining AxLab, Jesse got his Master's in Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institue of Design(ID) and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Renmin University of China. At ID, Dr. Anijo Mathew and Prof. Zach Pino mentored him, enhancing his skills in human-centered design.

His research primarily explores enhancing the interaction between physical objects and digital information, aiming to create a smooth transition between the virtual and real worlds.

Chenfeng (Jesse) Gao

— Interaction designer, HCI researcher

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