Ellen Yi-Luen Do

ATLS 213

Ellen Yi-Luen Do (Professor, ATLAS Institute & Computer Science) invents at the intersections of people, design and technology. She works on computational tools for design, especially sketching, creativity and design cognition, including creativity support tools and design studies, tangible and embedded interaction and, most recently, computing for health and wellness.

She holds a PhD in Design Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a bachelor's degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She has served on the faculties of University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University and Georgia Institute of Technology. From 2013 to 2016, she co-directed the Keio-NUS CUTE Center in Singapore, a research unit investigating Connected Ubiquitous Technology for Embodiments. She enjoys playing the Djembe and performs at festivals and other venues with the Sensua Players.

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  • Torin Hopkins, Peter Pascente, Wayne Seltzer, Kellie Masterson, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2021. The Jam Station: Gamifying Collaborative Musical Experiences Through Algorithmic Assessment. In Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 58, 1–6. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3430524.3442466 (Salzburg, Austria (virtual)–Feb. 14-19, 2021).

  • Torin HopkinsS. Sandra BaeJulia UhrClement ZhengAmy Banic and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2020. User Interfaces in Smart Cities (book chapter). In Handbook of Smart CitiesSpringer Publishing Company, Inc.

  • Nimesha Ranasinghe, Pravar Jain, David Tolley, Barry Chew, Ankit Bansal, Shienny Karwita, Yen Ching-Chiuan, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2020. EnPower: Haptic Interfaces for Deafblind Individuals to Interact, Communicate, and Entertain, in FTC 2020 - Future Technologies Conference 2020. 17 pages (Nov. 5-6, 2020 - Virtual), Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Springler, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-63089-8_49  [Best Presentation Award], paper pdf 

  • Nimesha Ranasinghe, Pravar Jain, David Tolley, Shienny Karwita, Yen Ching- Chiuan, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2020. Exploring the Use of Olfactory Stimuli Towards Reducing Visually Induced Motion Sickness in Virtual Reality. In Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI ’20), Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020, Virtual Event, Canada. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 9 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3385959.3418451, paper pdf

  • Clement ZhengPeter Gyory, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2020. Tangible Interfaces with Printed Paper Markers. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 909–923. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3357236.3395578. (Eindhoven, Netherlands (virtual) – July 6-20, 2020) [Honorable Mention Award for Best Pictorial Paper].
  • Ruhan Yang, Cody Candler, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2020. EdBoard: An Educational Breadboard. In Proceedings of the Interaction Design and Children Conference 2020 (IDC'20). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3397617.3397832 (London, England (virtual)–June 17-24, 2020).
  • Torin Hopkins and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2020. Jam Tabs: A Color Based Notation System for Novice Improvisation (to appear) In Proceedings of International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (TENOR'20) (Hamburg, Germany–May 12-14, 2020). (Due to COVID-19, conference moved to 2021; proceedings published in 2020).
  • Ryo SuzukiHooman HedayatiClement Zheng, James Bohn, Daniel SzafirEllen Yi-Luen DoMark D Gross, and Daniel Leithinger. 2020. RoomShift: Room-scale Dynamic Haptics for VR with Furniture-moving Swarm Robots. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '20). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 396, 11 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376523  (Honolulu, Hawaii (virtual) – April 25-30, 2020).
  • Ryo SuzukiClement Zheng, Yasuaki Kakehi, Tom YehEllen Yi-Luen DoMark D. GrossDaniel Leithinger. 2019. ShapeBots: Shape-changing Swarm Robots. In Proceedings of The 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST'19). https://doi.org/10.1145/3332165.3347911 (New Orleans, LA—Oct. 20-23, 2019).
  • Peter GyoryClement ZhengDaniel Leithinger, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2019. HOT SWAP: Probing Embodied Game Interfaces With Reconfigurable Controllers. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (DIS '19 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 183-187. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3301019.3323901. (San Diego, CA—June 23 - 28, 2019).
  • Clement Zheng, HyunJoo Oh, Laura Devendorf, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2019. Sensing Kirigami. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 921-934. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3322276.3323689 (San Diego, CA, USA — June 23 - 28, 2019). Best Pictorial Award.

  • Clement ZhengJeeeun KimDaniel Leithinger, Mark D Gross, & Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2019. Mechamagnets: Designing and Fabricating Haptic and Functional Physical Inputs with Embedded Magnets. In Proceedings of Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI’19), p. 325-334  https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3295622 (Tempe, Arizona–March 17- 0, 2019).

  • Patrycja Zdziarska, Felix A. Epp, Walther Jensen, Mark D GrossEllen Yi-Luen Do. 2019.  Hooze: A Kinetic Fashion Accessory for Touch and Play, In Proceedings of Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI’19) p. 407-413 https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3300980 (Tempe, Arizona—March 17-20, 2019).

  • Nimesha Ranasinghe, David Tolley, Thi Ngoc Tram Nguyen, Liangkun Yan, BarryChew,  Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2018. Augmented Flavours: Modulation of Flavour Experiences Through Electric Taste Augmentation, in Food Research International, (in press, available online May 2018) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2018.05.030

  • Nimesha Ranasinghe, Pravar Jain, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram, Koon Chuan Raymond Koh, David Tolley, Shienny Karwita, Lin Lien-Ya, Yan Liangkun, Kala Shamaiah, Chow EasonWai Tung, Ching Chiuan Yen, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2018. Season Traveller: Multisensory Narration for Enhancing the Virtual Reality Experience. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 577, 13 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3174151 (Montreal, Canada–April 21-26, 2018).
  • Saki Sakaguchi, Eunice Sari, Taku Hachisu, Adi Tedjasaputra, Kunihiro Kato, Masitah Ghazali, Kaori Ikematsu, Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Jun Kato, Hiromi Nakamura, Jun Nishida, Daisuke Sakamoto, Yoshifumi Kitamura, Jinwoo Kim, Anirudha Joshi, Zhengjie Liu, 2018. Asian CHI Symposium: Emerging HCI Research CollectionExtended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (CHI EA, '18). 6 pages. doi>10.1145/3170427.3173459

  • Nimesha Ranasinghe, Pravar Jain, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram, David Tolley, Yan Liangkun, Chow Eason Wai Tung, Ching Chiuan Yen, Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Koon Chuan Raymond Koh, Kala Shamaiah, 2018. A Demonstration of Season Traveller: Multisensory Narration for Enhancing the Virtual Reality ExperienceExtended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, (CHI EA, '18). 4 pages. doi>10.1145/3170427.3186513

  • Clement Zheng and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2018. Mechamagnets: Tactile Mechanisms with Embedded Magnets, In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI '18), ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 57-64 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3173225.3173268 (Stockholm, Sweden–March 18-21, 2018).
  • Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2017. Design for Assistive Augmentation—Mind, Might and MagicAssistive Augmentation. Cognitive Science and Technology. Springer, Singapore, 99-116, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6404-3_6 (November, 2017).
  • Nimesha Ranasinghe, Thi Ngoc Tram Nguyen, Yan Liangkun, Lien-Ya Lin, David Tolley, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2017. Vocktail: A Virtual Cocktail for Pairing Digital Taste, Smell, and Color Sensations. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM on Multimedia Conference(MM '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1139-1147. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3123266.3123440 (Mountain View, California–Oct. 23-27, 2017).
  • James Hallam, Clement Zheng, Noah Posner, Heydn Ericson, Matthew Swarts, Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2017. The Light Orchard: an immersive display platform for collaborative tangible interaction. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 245-248. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3123024.3123175 (Maui, Hawaii–Sept. 11-15, 2017).

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