Dr. Zilu

Liang

 

Junior Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Kyoto University of Advanced Science

 

My Labs is committed to working on projects that support the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals

Research areas: ubiquitous computing, wearable computing, personal informatics, digital health (sleep, stress, circadian rhythm)

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WHO AM I ?

I received my MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Information Systems from the University of Tokyo in 2011 and 2015 respectively. I pursued exchange studies at the University of Oxford in 2010 and at the Imperial College London (with Prof John Polak) in 2012. In 2015 I was selected as a recipient of the Australian Government Endeavor Research Fellowship which sponsored my postdoctoral research at the University of Melbourne (with Prof James BaileyProf Lars Kulik and Dr Bernd Ploderer). During 2016-2019 I was an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo, where I was heavily involved in implementing several initiatives of internationalizing engineering education. I'm a member of a number of research associations and I received several awards for my research achievements.

 

I'm an avid supporter of the Quantified Self movement. I combine a wide variety of sensing, computing, and data mining techniques to tackle the challenges surrounding data collection, data analysis, and human-computer interaction in Quantified Self, with a strong focus on health and wellbeing. My research projects have been sponsored by JSPS and AMED. I have close collaborations with the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and Université de Toulouse in France. I'm looking forward to involving highly-motivated students in several exciting on-going research projects.

 

Growing up in a family of teachers, I have a natural passion for teaching. I received faculty development training on teaching and mentorship in the University of Melbourne. In line with the ISTE standard by the International Society for Technology in Education, my mission is to prepare students to thrive in the Innovation Age by teaching them to think at three levels: WHAT (what is the basic concept?), SO WHAT (what is its relevance and what is it related to?), NOW WHAT (what can I do with what I have learned to find solutions to unmet needs?). ​I combine a variety of learning technologies in my class to help students develop the key competences for 21st-century learners, aka. the ”Four Cs”: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration. I'm also committed to educational research surrounding learning design for integrating technology and incorporating the 4Cs, and I have close collaborations with University of Macau on research for engineering and computing education. Since 2018, I've been serving as a program committee member and a reviewer for top notch international conferences. I'm a member of several educational research societies.   

 

I treasure physical strength and self-discipline. When I'm not researching or teaching, you can find me doing Taekwondo (Mivlo Kyoto) or hot yoga (Zen Place Hot Yoga). In the past I used to play basketball often and have trained Taichi, Chinese martial art and Shotokan Karate.

NEWS

[Call-for-participation] Student Research Competition / Due: 1st December 2020

The IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering (Dec 8-11, 2020 @ online) is organizing a student research competition (SRC). The TALE SRC gives students the opportunity to share their research ideas and results in a special forum that provides visibility for their work and to meet with and interact with TALE research community. The TALE SRC will consist of two categories: undergraduate and graduate, with prizes awarded based on judging during the conference. Students will submit extended abstracts of 2 pages maximum (reference DO NOT count towards page length), which will be reviewed to determine acceptance into the SRC. The abstract will be made available on the conference website but will not be published in the conference proceedings. This allows the authors to submit their work to other venues at a later stage. For more information, please visit the TALE SRC website. An audience (non-presenter) registration to the TALE 2020 main conference is required to participate in the TALE SRC. If your paper has been accepted to the TALE 2020 main conference, you can participate in the TALE SRC free-of-charge.  

Abstract submission site: https://forms.gle/f35awKdCk8ATixyh8

Registration site: https://tale2020.org/fee/

In the mean time, we are welcoming teachers and researchers to the judge panel of the TALE SRC. Judges will give feedback to students' presentations and will vote for the winners. If you are interested in becoming a judge of the TALE SRC, please contact Dr. Zilu Liang (tale-rau@outlook.com). 

[Conference] Dec 2020. EAI International Workshop on Digital Healthcare Technologies for the Global South 

Our following paper will be published in the Proceedings of EAI International Workshop on Digital Healthcare Technologies for the Global South.

  • Liang Z., Chapa-Martell MA. (2020) Validation of Omron Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor HeartGuide in Free-living Environments.

[Outreach] 25 Nov 2020. MS&AD Digital College from Kyoto 

I gave a lecture on data analytics for wearable technology in the MS&AD Digital College from Kyoto, a customized employee training and development program for the MS&AD Insurance Group.

[Outreach] 18 Nov 2020. Bilibili Webinar 

I attended a live webinar on Bilibili to promote KUASE to wide audience in China.

 

[Invited talk] 30 Oct 2020. Department of Health and Sports Science

I gave an invited talk on "Wearable Technologies for Enhancing Health and Sports Performance" in the Department of Health and Sports Science, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at KUAS. A research consortium has been established between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences to develop new interdisciplinary solutions to sleep and metabolic disorders. Happy researching! 

[Program Committee] 2 Oct 2020. The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

I was invited to review papers for CHI 2021 as an external reviewer.

[Conference] Dec 2020. IEEE TALE 2020 @ Takamatsu, Japan

Our following paper will be published in the Proceedings of IEEE TALE 2020, the flagship conference of IEEE Education Society on STEM education. This is a joint-effort with the University of Macau.

  • Liang Z., da Costa Junior MG, Piumarta I (2020) Opportunities for improving the learning/teaching experience in a virtual online environment.

[Conference] 16 Sep 2020. IEICE Society Conference @ Tokushima

Two freshmen of KUASE presented the following short papers in the 2020 IEICE Society Conference. These papers are based on their course work in Technical Communications in English. Well done! Their achievements are featured in a news article (by Prof Tadayuki Imai) on the official website of KUAS. 

  • Yun S, Moekoe C, Sirithummarak P, Liang Z. (2020) Leveraging cloud-based learning technologies for developing professional communication skills in a collaborative learning environment.

  • Moekoe C, Yun S, Sirithummarak P, Liang Z. (2020) Building technical communication skills of engineering students using authentic materials and tasks.

[Research] 9 Sep 2020. Welcome a new master student from Thailand

A big welcome to Ms Pataranit Sirithummarak for joining our lab. She will focus on developing new wearable technologies for pulse diagnosis. 

[Conference] 3 Sep 2020. Annual Conference of the Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education @ Hiroshima

Our following short papers was published in the Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conf of Japanese Society for Information and Systems in Education.

Liang Z (2020) Leveraging ubiquitous learning technologies for collaborative online learning

[Conference] 1 Sep 2020. IPSJ FIT @ Hokkaido

Our following short papers was published in the Proceedings of the 19th IPSJ Forum of Information Technology .

Liang Z (2020) Engaging students in online virtual classroom using web application Sutori

[Program Committee] 4 Aug 2020. The 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

I was invited to join the program committee of ACM SIGCSE TS 2021.

[Outreach] June 2020. Welcome two interns from Université de Toulouse, France

A big welcome to Ms Lauriane Bertrand and Mr Nathan Cleyet-Marrel, two interns from Department of Computer Science, Université de Toulouse, France. They will virtually stay in KUAS from June to August to work on research projects about stress prediction and meal time detection using wearable technologies. 

[Journal] March 2020. ACM IMWUT

[Conference] 14 Sep 2021. The ACM Intl Joint Conf on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Comput (UbiComp) @ Cancun, Mexico

Our following full paper was published in PACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), a top journal in computing technology. I will also give an oral presentation of this paper in UbiComp 2021. This was a joint-research with Dr. Bernd Ploderer (expert in HCI) at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Three-year of hard work finally paid off!

Liang Z, Ploderer B. (2020) “How does Fitbit measure brainwaves”: a qualitative study into the credibility of sleep-tracking technologies

[Program Committee] 31 March 2020. The IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering

We are currently organizing a special track in TALE 2020, the flagship conference of IEEE Education Society on STEM education. This special track, entitled "Preparing the Workforce for Industry 4.0: Robotics, Automation, and Ubiquitous Smart Technologies in Education", aims to bring together teachers, educational researchers, and developers to discuss the trends and issues of integrating robotic, automatic and ubiquitous learning technologies in STEM education. If you feel attracted and want to contribute, please register in THIS FORM to become a program committee member.

[Program Committee] 21 March 2020. The 8th IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics

I was invited to join the program committee of ICHI 2020 Poster and Demo Track. 

[Conference] 17 March 2020. IEICE General Conference @ Hiroshima, Japan

Our following short paper was published in the Proceeding of IEICE General Conference.

Liang Z, Andersen LE, Tatha O. (2020) Towards automatic analysis of relationship between perceived stress and physical activity with self-tracking technologies. 

[Conference] 10 March 2020. IEEE LifeTech 2020 @ Kyoto, Japan

Our following short paper was published in the Proceeding of The 2020 IEEE 2nd Global Conference on Life Sciences and Technologies.

Liang Z, Tatha O, Andersen L. (2020) Developing mHealth app for tracking academic stress and physiological reactions to stress. 

[Conference] 5 March 2020. The 82th National Convention of IPSJ @ Kanazawa, Japan

Our following short paper was published in the Proceeding of the 82th National Convention of Information Processing Society of Japan.

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2020) Leveraging consumer activity trackers for sleep stage prediction. 

[Media] 2 March 2020. Techheading 

Our papers on the validation of consumer wearable sleep trackers and the pitfall of sleep tracking were featured in a technology article "Is It Really Worth Tracking Your Sleep?" on Techheading.com. 

[Conference] 29 Feb 2020. Annual Meeting of JSET @ Nagano, Japan

Our following short papers were published in the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Educational Technology.

  • Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2020) Towards the visualization of classroom orchestration. 

  • Smith M, Liang Z, Piumarta I, Tabata O, Takeda K. (2020) Design of faculty development training program for English medium instruction in engineering

[Program Committee] 25 Feb 2020. IEEE TALE 2020

I was invited to join the local committee of IEEE TALE 2020, the flagship conference of IEEE Education Society on STEM education. 

[Conference] 24 Feb 2020. HEALTHINF 2020 @ Valletta, Malta

Our following paper was published in the Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Health Informatics.

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2020) A two-stage imbalanced learning method to sleep stage classification using consumer activity trackers. 

[Outreach] 17 Jan 2020. KUAS-NCIS Technical Exchange Seminar @ NIDEC Center for Industrial Science

I gave a talk on "Sleep health in digital age: from wearable sensing to personal informatics" at KUAS-NCIS Technical Exchange Seminar ~ The Future of Simulation and Data Science ~ 

[Outreach] 10 Dec 2019. IEEE TALE 2019 @ Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I presented KUAS in an outreach session during the IEEE Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning 2019 for Engineering at Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

[Conference] 10 Dec 2019. IEEE TALE 2019 @ Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Our following papers were published in the Proceedings of IEEE TALE 2019, the flagship conference of IEEE Education Society on STEM education.

  • Liang Z. (2019) Enhancing active learning in web development classes using pairwise pre-and-post lecture quizzes, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

  • Liang Z. (2019) Design of a web development attitudes survey, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

[Journal] 04 Dec 2019. The Journal of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine

Our following abstract was published in The Journal of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine.

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Measurement accuracy of consumer sleep tracking wristbands is associated to users’ age and sleep efficiency. The Journal of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine 8(6):394.

[Media] 28 Nov 2019. KUAS Official Website

Our research was introduced in a news article (by Prof Tadayuki Imai) on the official website of KUAS. 

[Conference] 12 Oct 2019. Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Chronobiology @ Kanazawa, Japan

I gave an oral presentation on the following topic in the 26th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Chronobiology. 

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Moving beyond statistical analysis: applying association rule mining to discovering correlations between daily behavioral rhythm and sleep quality.

[Media] 10 Oct 2019. GIZMODO 

Our paper on the validation of consumer wearable sleep trackers was featured in a science article "Does My Smartwatch's Sleep Tracker Actually Do Anything?" by Maddie Stone on GIZMODO. 

[Conference] 19 Sep 2019. Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine @ Tsukuba, Japan

I gave an oral presentation on the following topic in the 74th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine. 

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Measurement accuracy of consumer sleep tracking wristbands is associated to user-specific factors.

[Conference] 12 Sep 2019. IEICE Society Conference 2019 @ Osaka, Japan

Our following paper was published in the Proceedings of IEICE Society Conference 2019. 

Liang Z, White G, Clarke S Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Mining association rules in quantified self data for better sleep and productivity

[Conference] 4 Sep 2019. The 17th Intl Conf on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing (CBMI 2019) @ Dublin, Ireland

Our following full paper was published in the Proceedings of CBMI 2019 (indexed by IEEE Xplorer and  ACM DL).

White G, Liang Z, Clarke S (2019) A quantified-self framework for exploring and enhancing personal productivity. 

[Conference] 3 Sep 2019. The 18th Form on Information Technology @ Okayama, Japan

Our following full paper was published in the Proceedings of the 18th Forum on Information Technology.

Liang Z., Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Mitigating resource constraints in web development education using commercial cloud services. 

[Invited talk] 31 Aug 2019. Artificial Intelligence Research Center, AIST @ Tokyo, Japan

I gave an invited talk on "Wearable Computing and Personal Informatics for Health and Wellbeing" in the Artificial Intelligence Research Center at the National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology on 30 Aug 2019. 

[Program Committee] 15 Aug 2019. ACM SIGCSE 2020

I was invited to join the TPC of ACM SIGCSE 2020, the flagship conference of ACM Special Interest Group in computer science education.

[Conference] 6 Aug 2019. The 17th IEEE Intl Conf on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing (PICom 2019) @ Fukuoka, Japan

Our following full paper was published in the Proceedings of IEEE PICOM 2019 (indexed by Scopus and IEEE Xplorer).

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Achieving accurate ubiquitous sleep sensing with consumer wearable activity wristbands using multi-class imbalanced classification. 

[Program Committee] 28 Jul 2019. IEEE TALE 2019

I was invited to join the TPC of IEEE TALE 2019, the flagship conference of IEEE Education Society on STEM education. 

[Media] 16 Jul 2019. UK Houses of Parliament

Our paper on the validation of consumer wearable sleep trackers was cited by the UK Parliamentary Office of Sciences & Technology in their review report on sleep and health. We look forward to creating further impact of our research outcomes. 

[Journal] 4 Jul 2019. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology

Our following full paper was published in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology (indexed by Scopus and DBLP).

Liang Z, Yoshida Y, Iino N, Nishimura T, Chapa-Martell MA, Nishimura S.(2019) A pervasive sensing approach to automatic assessment of trunk coordination using mobile devices. 

[Journal] 8 Jul 2019. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology

Our following full paper was published in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology (indexed by Scopus and DBLP).

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell M A. (2019) Not all errors are created equal: influence of user characteristics on measuring errors of consumer wearable devices for sleep tracking. 

[Conference] 12 Jun 2019. The 7th IEEE Intl Conf on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI 2019) @ Xi'an, China

Our following short paper was published in the Proceedings of IEEE ICHI 2019 (indexed by SCI and Scopus).

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Combining resampling and machine learning to improve sleep-wake detection of Fitbit wristbands. 

[Conference] 8 Jun 2019. The 62th Meeting of IPSJ SIG UBI @ Tokyo, Japan

Our following full paper was published as a technical report by the 62th Meeting of the IPSJ Speical Interest Group on Ubiquitous Computing System.

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Predicting medical-grade sleep/wake classification from Fitbit data using tree-based machine learning. IPSJ SIG Technical Report. 

[Journal] 6 Jun 2019. Journal of Medical Internet Research (Ranked #2 among medical informatics journals by SCI)

Our following paper was published in the JMIR mHealth and uHealth (indexed by PubMed, SCI and Scopus).

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Accuracy of Fitbit wristbands in measuring sleep stage transitions and the effect of user-specific factors. 

[Grant] 1 Apr 2019. JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Early Career Scientists

Our following research proposal was accepted by the JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientist (2019-2021, Amount: JPY 4,160,000, PI: Dr. Zilu Liang).

Where is stressed processed in brain during sleep? -- A Neuroimaging study into stress-related abnormalities in brain activity during sleep 

[Conference] 24 Mar 2019. IEEE  PerCom 2019 @ Kyoto, Japan

Our following paper was published in the Proceedings of IEEE Percom 2019 (indexed by IEEE Xplorer and DBLP).

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2019) Combining numerical and visual approaches in validating sleep data quality of consumer wearable wristbands. IEEE IQ2S Workshop, Kyoto, Japan

[Conference] 12 Dec 2018. IEEE  TALE 2018 @ Wollongong, Australia

Our following full paper was published in the Proceedings of IEEE TALE 2018 (indexed by SCI, Scopus and IEEE Xplorer).

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2018) A top down approach to teaching web development on cloud. IEEE TALE 2018, Wollongong, Australia.

[Conference] 06 Oct 2018. Asian Deans' Forum 2018: The Rising Stars Women in Engineering Workshop @ Hongkong

Attended the Asian Deans' Forum 2018 as a rising star women in engineering as a representative of the Univ of Tokyo

https://risingstarsasia2018.ust.hk/participants_detail.php?id=19

[Grant] 31 May 2018. Interstellar Initiative 2018 @ New York, US

Was selected as an Early Career Investigator (ECI) by the Interstellar Initiative 2018, co-funded by  Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development & The New York Academy of Sciences. Will attend the initial workshop in New York to meet other ECI. Together we will tackle the greatest challenges in neuroscience. Excited!

[Journal] 20 Apr 2018. Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research

Our following paper was published in the Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research

Liang Z, Chapa-Martell MA. (2018) Validity of consumer activity wristbands and wearable EEG for measuring overall sleep parameters and sleep structure in free-living conditions. Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research 2 (1-2): 152-178. DOI: 10.1007/s41666-018-0013-1

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[Experiment] 27 Jul 2015. Study Participants Wanted ($25 voucher/interview)

Do you have a Fitbit? Are you using Fitbit to track your sleep and lifestyle data like steps walked, exercise or diet? We are building a new web app to help you analyse how your lifestyle affects your sleep. We are looking for Fitbit users to try out the app over 2 weeks and to comment on it in interviews at the start and at the end of the study (1 hour per interview). Volunteers will receive a $25 book/iTunes voucher per interview. HREC #1339336. Register interest at http://go.unimelb.edu.au/39qn or get in touch with Zilu Liang (zilu.liang@unimelb.edu.au).

© 2020 by Dr Zilu Liang.