Information for Prospective Students
I am always looking for hard-working, self-motivated, and scientifically curious students to join my research group. Broadly, my students work in Input & Interaction Techniques/Technologies. Specific topics within this could include the design, development, and evaluation of novel:
- Smart text entry, editing, and error correction techniques
- Scientific data visualization and manipulation with tangible user interfaces
- Interaction approaches for new technologies, including smartphone, smartwatches, AR and VR
- Interaction methods for special user groups, including children, elderly, and users with special needs
- User authentication approaches that are both secure and user friendly
A range of graduate projects are available. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply for short-term (e.g., Capstone) and volunteering opportunities. PhD positions are usually funded. MSc students are responsible for securing financial support through Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships, Student Loans, or other resources. Visit the Graduate Student Financial Support page for more information.
- Backgrounds in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, HCI, Interaction Design, or Digital Media. Applicants from other areas will be considered if they can demonstrate sufficient experience or interest in HCI
- Strong skills in Computer and Web programming
- The ability to work individually or in a team
- Excellent English language skills
- Strong skills in either Interaction design or quantitative research methods (i.e., experiment design, hypothesis testing)
- At least one refereed publication
- Good presentation skills
Graduate Division Requirements
Let me know if you do not have the GRE and the TOEFL/IELTS scores, but planning on taking the exams soon
- A baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B)
- The general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- TOEFL/IELTS score
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose
- Personal history and achievement/contributions
If you meet the requirements contact me at with your CV, unofficial transcripts, research statement, GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score
About UC Merced & the School of Engineering —The University of California is creating a dynamic new university campus and campus community in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as university built in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research will be providing new educational opportunities at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels through three academic schools Engineering; Natural Sciences; and, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.
The School of Engineering is proud of its faculty’s accomplishments and our rapid growth. Over the past five years, undergraduate and graduate enrollments have grown by 65%. The School currently has 49 faculty members, 1,400 undergraduates, and over 140 graduate students. The campus opened a new Science and Engineering Building in 2014 and undertook a massive building program in 2017 that that will more than double the campus building areas by 2020.
Graduate Studies in EECS—Graduate studies in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) offers individualized, strongly research-oriented courses of study. The EECS graduate emphasis area is organized to allow students to pursue cutting-edge research in modern fields of electrical engineering and computer science, emphasizing research and preparing students for leadership positions in industrial labs, government, or academia. Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with emphases in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are offered. The EECS graduate emphasis area is highly cross-disciplinary with connections to faculty from all three schools at UC Merced. In particular, strong collaborations with the graduate programs in environmental engineering and cognitive sciences are possible.