Bio

Emma Yann Zhang is a Computer Science PhD student in the Imagineering Lab at City University London. Her research interests are multisensory communication, digital taste and smell, pervasive and wearable computing.

Her previous work involved low power wearable devices, gesture control, microprocessors and embedded systems, Mac and iOS development and web development.

She was a winner of the UK Trade and Investment Sirius Programme in 2014, a 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 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 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.

Emma Zhang is an experienced piano player. She started playing piano from the age of 4 and was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Piano Performing in 2009. She performed frequently in public concerts and received awards in international piano competitions. In school, she also had a few years of experience in theatre acting and directing and participated in public performances and national competitions.