The Accessible & Pervasive User EXperience (APEX) Group, founded and led by Mingming Fan, Assistant Professor of the Computational Media and Arts Thrust, had a strong performance at CHI 2022 in New Orleans, USA, from April 30 to May 5.

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). CHI – pronounced 'kai' – annually brings together researchers and practitioners from all over the world and from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and positionalities, who have an overarching goal to make the world a better place with interactive digital technologies.

The APEX group had five accepted papers, including one that has Xian Xu, our CMA second-year Ph.D. candidate, as the first author:

The Accessible & Pervasive User EXperience (APEX) Group conducts research in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Accessibility. Its overarching goal is to EMPOWER people with technology, design, and humanity. APEX applies user-centered design (UCD), quantitative and qualitative methods, advanced computational algorithms (e.g., computer vision, natural language processing), interactive media (e.g., VR/AR, visualization), and sensing techniques to improve user experience (UX) and to address well-grounded user needs (especially the ones of older adults, people with disabilities, and other marginalized people). Website Link:

Mingming Fan is an Assistant Professor and the Postgraduate Program Coordinator of the Computational Media and Arts (CMA) Thrust at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou). He is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of Integrative Systems and Design (ISD) and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Website Link:

Xian Xu is a second-year Ph.D. candidate at CMA. She holds a BACHELOR of Arts in Directing(Film and TV Producing) and a MASTER of Art in Studies of Drama(Film & TV) in the Central Academy of Drama. During the seven years of study in CAD, Xian won the National Scholarship every year and finally graduated with the highest score in her major. She served as a counselor in the Peking Opera, Dance Drama, Opera, and Film & TV departments of the Central Academy of Drama during her three years of postgraduate study. She likes to explore and develop storytelling in new media and is a blogger with over 100,000 followers. She is a scriptwriter, participating in the TV play Our Glamorous Time as a scriptwriter in 2017. She wrote and published the book I Like To be Independent. Website Link: