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10 March 2022: Talk by Shengdong Zhao

Please save the date and join us for the joint USyd Basser Seminar – SydCHI talk by A./Prof. Shengdong Zhao.

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Thursday, 10 March 2022, 2:00-3:30pm (via Zoom, link no longer up)

Heads-up Computing: Towards the next interaction paradigm


Interaction paradigms (the style of interaction between humans and computers) can significantly change the way we work and live.
However, as much as we are empowered by interaction paradigms, we are also significantly constrained by them. Existing interaction paradigms limits our movements and activities, which can negatively affect our overall well-being. Desktop computing, described as “sitting at a desk, interpreting and manipulating symbols”, isolates human beings from interacting with other human beings and nature. Mobile computing, although free us from the office environment, demands constant eye-and-hand engagement, leading to the notorious phenomenon called “smartphone zombies”.

We need a new style of interaction that can better support human activities in nature and with other people as well as reducing cognitive load by blending reactive operations with appropriately designed proactive initiatives that can offer just-in-time assistance.


Dr. Shengdong Zhao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore. He established the NUS-HCI research lab. Dr. Zhao completed his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He also holds a Master’s degree in Information Management & Systems from the University of California at Berkeley.