Bio

Emma Yann Zhang is studying a PhD in Computer Science at Imagineering Institute, Malaysia. Her research interests are multisensory communication, haptic technologies, pervasive and wearable computing. Her previous work involved low power wearable devices, gesture control, microprocessors and embedded systems, mobile app development and web development.

She received a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering (First Class Honours) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2013. She was awarded the Dean’s List for two consecutive semesters and received 1st prize in the HK IEEE Student Paper Contest in 2013. She attended the National University of Singapore from 2010-2012. In NUS, she joined the Mixed Reality Lab for one semester and worked on several projects with PhD students and researchers.

In 2013, she worked as a Project Assistant in the Social Media Lab at HKUST, developing a gesture-controlled Bluetooth wearable device that controls smartphone and desktop applications. She is a winner of the UK Trade and Investment Sirius Programme aimed to support and sponsor international graduate entrepreneurs to start a business in the UK. She joined a startup company based in London as a website developer in 2014. 

Currently, she is working on an Internet kissing device for mobile phones, Kissenger, for her PhD research. She is responsible for the development of the hardware prototypes and mobile app. Kissenger has been featured in prominent media worldwide, including BBC, Discovery Channel, Canal+ etc.

She received a Diploma in 2006 and a Licentiate in Music Performance (Piano) in 2009 from the Royal Schools of Music. She performed frequently in public concerts and received awards in international piano competitions.