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Xiangshi REN (full resume) is Professor in the School of Information, Director of the Center for Human-Engaged Computing at Kochi University of Technology.  He is founding president of the International Chinese Association of Computer Human Interaction (ICACHI). He was a visiting faculty researcher at IBM Research (Almaden), and visiting professor at the University of Toronto.  He is a Senior Member of the ACM, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the IPSJ, the IEICE, and the Human Interface Society.

Prof. Ren has been working on fundamental studies in the field of human-computer Interaction (HCI) for over twenty years. His research interests include all aspects of human-computer interaction, particularly the creation of human performance models, pen-based interaction, multi-touch interaction, eye-based interaction, haptic interaction, user interface design for immersive virtual environments, Chinese and Japanese character input and 2D/3D gesture input.  He and his colleagues have established a unique research framework based on information technology, incorporating methodologies such as human performance modeling, developing new algorithms, conducting user studies, and the systematically testing and application of HCI theory.  He has received 30 grants (25 as principal investigator) from various institutions and 19 awards for various achievements. He has credits in more than 260 published research papers. Some of which were presented in top-tier international journals and international conferences.  About 100 papers are indexed by SCI/EI/ISTP.  Ten Ph.D. students have obtained their Ph.D. degrees under Prof. Ren’s direction.  Prof. Ren has presented talks at various institutions and international conferences. He often serves as a reviewer, associate editor, guest editor, program chair or program committee member (e.g. APCHI 2012, Chinese CHI 2013CHI 2013, CHI 2015).

Prof. Ren received a B.E. degree in Electrical and Communication Engineering, and M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Information and Communication Engineering from Tokyo Denki University in Japan in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively.