PhD Candidate of Design and Human Behavior (Graduating in December 2020), Cornell University

Minor in Computer Science (AI Focus) and Information Science (HCI Focus)
C: 510-529-8905 | yw697@cornell.edu | 4283 Chestnut Ridge RD, Apt A3, Buffalo, NY, 14228 


Ph.D., Cornell University, Design & Human Behavior, Minor in CS and IS, GPA 3.8,                                  December 2020 (expect)

     Advised by Pr. Keith Evan Green, Pr. François Guimbretière, and Pr. Haym B. Hirsh.

Ph.D. Student of Clemson University, Plan, Design & Built Environment, GPA 4.0,                                                              2014-2016

Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, GPA 3.8,                                                                                         2012-2013  Bachelor of Architecture, Hunan University, GPA 3.5                                                                                                                  2007-2012                                                                                                                                                                         


Internship & Contract Designer: Marc Fornes & Theverymany (TVM)                                                    Nov. 2013 - June 2014
   Projects: 1. Chrysalis Amphitheater (Main);
                   2. Argeles Informal Amphitheater, 3. San Antonio Bridge (Public Art), 4. Edmonton Willow
   Role: Started as intern and then was promoted to contract designer, Original design of building skin pattern, parametric

   design, schematic design, digital fabrication and prototyping.
Internship: Adam Sokol Architecture Practice (ASAP)                                                                                     Aug. 2013 - Oct. 2013
   Projects: 1. LA Hotel, 2. XG VILLA, 3. Cofco Farms, 4. Qianmen Hotel
   Role: graphic design, case study, model making, exhibition design, document compiling                                                                                                                                                               

Teaching Experience

● Co-instructor, positive design studio (design IoT using positive psychology), Cornell University                                Spring 2020
      Gave lectures, gave workshops, gave individual instructions, critiqued presentations.

Independent instructor, architecture portfolio design, Clemson University                                                                    Spring 2016
   Give lectures, critic presentations, give feedback on homework, design syllabus.
Independent instructor, parametric design workshops, Hunan University                                                                            Fall 2012
   Give lectures, give individual instructions, design workshop.
TA, human-centered research and design method (interaction design method), Cornell University                                       Fall 2017
   Grading, give individual instructions, organize group activities, offer homework feedback.
TA, technology & UX design studio (UX design studio with VR technology), Cornell University                                              Fall 2017
   Give lectures, individual instructions, critic presentations, offer homework feedback.
TA, architectural robotics (interaction design of robotic furnishings), Cornell University                                                      Spring 2017
   Grading, critic presentations, individual instructions, offer project feedback

Research Experience

● Visiting Researcher, IDEA Center, University at Buffalo                                                                                                          Fall 2020

   Project: Rehabilitation Engineering Research on Accessible Public Transportation, funded by NSF

   Role: creating personas, scenarios, & storyboard; interaction design of tangible interfaces for automated vehicles.

● Lab Member, Architecture Robotics Lab, Cornell University                                                                         Summer 2016 – Fall 2020

   Project: 1. Design Space-Making Robots as Agents (PhD Dissertation), funded by Cornell University

                 2. Users’ Preferences for & Trust in AI-embedded Decision-making Robots

                 3. Design interactive canopies for reconfigurable makerspace in community libraries.

   Role: proposing & validating design theory for interactive space-making robots; design & prototype novel tangible and

   interactive robot surfaces, research design, design & conduct user studies, online & in-lab user experiments, qualitative and

   quantitative data analysis, paper writing, academic presentation.

Research Assistant (RA), Architecture Robotics Lab, Cornell University                                                        Fall 2018, Spring 2018
   Project: Home+ (smart & interactive furnishings for seniors aging in place), funded by NSF
   Role: interactive robotic furniture design and fabrication, electronics engineering, user studies with seniors, design human-AI

   interactions in smart home.
RA, Intelligent Material, Science and Engineering Lab, Clemson University                                                                            Fall 2015
   Project: Home+ (smart & interactive furnishings for seniors aging in place), funded by NSF
   Role: interaction design & prototyping of robotic furnishing suite, conducting user studies.
RA, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley                                                                                                    Summer 2013
   Project: smart building skin design and research
   Role: digital model building, building sunshade system simulation, parametric design

Publications (Published & Accepted)

[14] Yixiao Wang, Francois Guimbretiere, and Keith Evan Green. 2020. Are Space-making Robots, Agents? Investigations on

   User Perception of an Embedded Robotic Surface. In Proceedings of 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human

   Interactive Communication – RO-MAN 20(2020), accepted & presented.

[13] Kaustav Das, Yixiao Wang, Keith Evan Green, Malte Jung, 2020. Are Robots Perceived as Good Decision-Makers: A Study

   Investigating Trust and Preference of Robotic Referees over Humans in Soccer. In Proceedings of 29th IEEE International

   Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication SCRITA Workshop – RO-MAN SCRITA 20(2020), accepted & presented.

[12] Yixiao Wang and Keith Evan Green. 2019. A Pattern-Based, Design Framework for Designing Collaborative Environments.

   Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction - TEI 19(2019), pp. 595-604.

[11] Yixiao Wang, Keith Evan Green, Rod Grupen, Johnell Brooks, and Ian D. Walker. 2018. Designing Intelligent Spaces as if

   They Were Human: A “Space Agent” Framework. 2018 4th International Conference on Universal Village (UV)(2018), pp. 1-6.

[10] Yixiao Wang, Chase Frazelle, Richa Sirohi, and Liheng Li. Design and Characterization of a Novel Robotic Surface for

   Application to Compressed Physical Environments (Accepted-in press.) In Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE International Conferences

   on Robotics and Automation – ICRA 19(2019).
[9] Richa Sirohi, Yixiao Wang, Samantha Hollenberg, Isuru S. Godage, Ian D. Walker, and Keith Evan Green. Design and

   Characterization of a Novel, Continuum-Robot Surface for the Human Environment (Accepted-in press.) In Proceedings of

   2019 IEEE 15th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering – CASE 19(2019).
[8] Yixiao Wang, Keith E. Green, and Ian D. Walker. 2016. CoPRA: a Design Exemplar for Habitable, Cyber-physical

   Environment. Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA 16(2016).

[7] Yixiao Wang. 2019. Design Interactions between Robot Surfaces and Human Designers. Proceedings of the Thirteenth

   International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction - TEI 19(2019).

[6] Yixiao Wang, Keith E. Green, 2016. A Research Though Design Exemplar of a “Compressed-Pattern Robotic Architecture”

   for the Information Age. Proceedings of the 2016 ACSA Conference: Shaping New Knowledges – ACSA 16(2016).
[5] Yixiao Wang, Keith Evan Green. A Case for Integrating a User-Centered Design Framework, Including Rapid Prototyping

   Techniques, into Architectural Design Studios. In proceedings of the 2018 Design Communication Conference – DCA 18(2018), pp.

   351-359. ISBN: 978-1-64440-330-3
[4] Troy Mock, Yixiao Wang, So-Yeon Yoon. Parametric intention: Embodying a Thorough Design Ideology. In proceedings of the

   2018 Design Communication Conference – DCA 18(2018). ISBN: 978-1-64440-330-3
[3] Aguiar Carlos Henrique De, Reza Fateminasab, Chase G. Frazelle, Ryan Scott, Yixiao Wang, Michael B. Wooten, Keith E.

   Green, and Ian D. Walker. 2016. The networked, robotic home furniture suite: A distributed, assistive technology facilitating

   aging in place. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)(2016).

[2] Choueiri Marc, Schuyler Duffy, Sanjay Guria, Conrad Mccarthy, Pehuen Moure, Anagha Todalbagi, Yixiao Wang, Carlos

   Henrique Araujo De Aguiar, and Keith Evan Green. 2018. Can Interactive Systems Be Designed for Conviviality? Proceedings of

   the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - DIS 18(2018).

[1] Verma Siddharth, Phanideep Gonthina, Zachary Hawks, Dixit Nahar, Johnell O. Brooks, Ian D. Walker, Yixiao Wang, Carlos

   De Aguiar, and Keith E. Green. 2018. Design and Evaluation of Two Robotic Furnishings Partnering with Each Other and

   Their Users to Enable Independent Living. Proceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing

   Technologies for Healthcare - PervasiveHealth 18(2018). DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3240925.3240978

Conference Presentations

Full Paper Presentation at RO-MAN 2020 Conference:                                                                                                               Sept. 2020

   “Are Space-making Robots, Agents? Investigations on User Perception of an Embedded Robotic Surface”

Full Paper Presentation at TEI 2019                                                                                                                                                        Mar. 2019
   “A Pattern-Based, Design Framework for Designing Collaborative Environments”
Short Paper Presentation at TEI GSC 2019                                                                                                                                           Mar. 2019
   “Design Interactions between Robot Surfaces and Human Designers”
Full Paper Presentation at DCA 2018                                                                                                                                                       Oct. 2018
   “A Case for Integrating a User-Centered Design Framework, Including Rapid Prototyping Techniques, into Architectural

   Design Studios”
Full Paper Video Presentation at IEEE UV 2018                                                                                                                                   Oct. 2018
   “Designing Intelligent Spaces as if They Were Human: A “Space Agent” Framework”
Full Paper Presentation at ACSA 2016                                                                                                                                                     Sep. 2016
   “A Research Though Design Exemplar of a “Compressed-Pattern Robotic Architecture” for the Information Age”
Poster Presentation at CHI 2016                                                                                                                                                                May 2016
   “CoPRA: a Design Exemplar for Habitable, Cyber-physical Environment”

Patent Awards

         1. National Patent of the Utility Model (Patent Number: ZL 2010 2 0169904.4) Patent Bureau of China
         2. National Patent of Invention (Publication Number: CN 102235052 A) Patent Bureau of China

Design Awards and Projects

Winner of Explorative Environment Competition, Cornell University                                                                                Feb. 2018

   Project: “Interactive Curtain System”
   Role: Leader of the design team, built and exhibited in DEA Gallery in May 2018.
Chrysalis Amphitheater (Built Project, construction completed in 2017)                                                        Nov. 2013 - June 2014
   Role: Contract designer specifically for this project. Key member of the design team.
   Location: Merriweather Park - Columbia, MD.
KMD Prize for Design Excellence in Digital Architecture, UC. Berkeley                                                                             May 2013
   Project: “Fabric City Under Water”

   Role: Solo designer, UC Berkeley master’s thesis prize for digital architecture, only winner in 2013
● Revit Autodesk Design Competition                                                                                                                                                        2011
   Project: Library in Klein Bottle (rebuild a factory into a library, Honorable Mention
● Design Work exhibited in conference: Sustainable Design of Educational Architecture                                                               2012
   Project: the long span of Mobius, national conference in China

Research Funding and Scholarship

● Cornell PhD Scholarship, two semesters’ tuition and stipend, about 80000 dollars                                Fall 2016 & Spring 2019     I was supported by this scholarship when not being a TA or RA at Cornell during my PhD study.                     

2019 Serby-Gildea Scholarship in recognition of fine academic contributions, 5000 dollars                                          May 2019    Annual award for one graduate student, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

● 2019 DEA Research Funding for PhD Dissertation, 1200 dollars                                                                                          May 2019

   Department of Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

● First prize of SIT (Student Innovative Training) program in Hunan University                                                                  2011 - 2012

   Role: leader of the research group

   College of Architecture, Hunan University.

NSF Proposals

● A Robotic Continence Care System for Smart Home and Nursing Home                                                      submitted in June 2020     CIFellows 2020. PI: Yixiao Wang, Cornell U; Co-PI: Ken Holstein, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon U.

   Key Words: Healthcare technology, cyber-physical environment, AI-embedded robotic system, continence care, senior

   citizens, independent continence activities.           

● AI-Embedded Wearable Textile Robotic for Stroke Rehabilitation                                                               submitted in June 2020     CIFellows 2020. PI: Yixiao Wang, Cornell U; Co-PI: Cindy (Hsin-Liu) Kao, Assistant Professor, Cornell U.

   Key Words: Healthcare technology, AI-embedded textile interface, soft robotics, wearables on joints, stroke patients, physical

   & occupational therapy.

Professional Memberships

● Member of ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction), US                                          2017 - Present
● Member of ARL (Architecture Robotic Laboratory), Cornell.                                                                                            2016 - Present
   Current projects: “Space Agent” (my dissertation project)

● Member of CUIMSE (Clemson University Intelligent Material, Science & Engineering)                                                  2015 - 2016
● Member of DAL (Digital Architecture Laboratory), Hunan University                                                                                2009 - 2012