Lei Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Michigan, School of Information, advised by Professor Steve Oney and Professor Anhong Guo. His research in human-computer interaction focuses on building authoring tools that enable end-users to craft immersive experiences, such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). By developing interactive systems, his work explores techniques that leverage computation and interaction to empower people's creativity, collaboration, and communication in the context of content creation.
Lei’s work has been published at top-tier HCI venues including CHI, UIST, and CSCW. His first-authored papers have received a best paper award at CSCW 2022 and a best short paper award at VL/HCC 2019. Lei interned at Snap Research twice (Summer 2021 & 2022), working with Dr. Andrés Monroy-Hernández, Dr. Rajan Vaish, and Dr. Fannie Liu. He holds a BE in Software Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In his leisure time, Lei is into music production, skateboards, and 35mm film photography.