Jack Chang

Jack (Shen-Kuen) Chang

Office Address: 
210 Walker Bldg
Post-doctoral scholar
Department of Geography
  • human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • user experience (UX)
  • tangible and embodied interaction (TEI)
  • virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR)
  • spatial cognition
  • information visualization (InfoVis)

My recent research can be summarized as: I explore how spatial understanding and spatial manipulation can be improved with digital interfaces; how those interfaces engage the body and the mind; how people collaborate and communicate with those interfaces; and how such interfaces and the resulting user experiences can be designed, built, and evaluated.

I obtained my PhD from Purdue University (2018). During my PhD, my team and I won 2 awards, both for Outstanding Creative Design, in 2013’s IEEE VAST Challenge. In 2014 and 2015, funded by USA's Department of Defense, I worked at PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) as a PhD HCI Research Intern twice (one time as a NSIP recipient, both times with merit-based extensions). In 2016, funded by USA’s NSF, I worked as a PhD HCI Research Intern at Xerox PARC, supervised by Dr. Victoria Bellotti (PARC Fellow, ACM SIGCHI Academy Fellow). From 2016 to 2018, I was invited to work in SynLab at Ryerson University as a Visiting Student Researcher for a Canada national SHHRC grant (collaborated between Ryerson Univ., Univ. of Toronto, and Georgia Tech) on designing tangible and embodied virtual reality for spatial cognition. The visiting studentship later became a postdoctoral appointment at Ryerson Univ.

I have 2 master’s degrees. One is from Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Media (formerly Dept. of Telecommunications) where I, with 2 years of full funding, studied/created interactive multimedia and game design. Another one is from Dept. of Power Mechanical Engineering in National Tsing-Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. After I completed my master’s program at NTHU, I worked as an Associate Research Engineer at Taiwan’s ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) where my team and I got technology transfers and 20+ international patents (4+ US patents) for our work on using new testing services and information/communications technology (ICT) to improve industrial and fire safety.