Huawei Tu(涂华伟)

Associate Professor
College of Computer Science and Technology
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Email: tuhuawei09 at
Office: Room 209G in the Computer Experiment Building
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
29 Jiangjun Avenue, Jiangning District, Nanjing 211110, China
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Brief Biography
I am an associate professor in Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. I received my PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Xiangshi Ren in Kochi University of Technology, Japan in 2012. I have been a postdoc researcher under the guidance of Prof. Yen-wei Chen in Ritsumeikan University of Japan from 2012 to 2013, and under the guidance of Prof. Harold Thimbleby in Swansea University of the U.K. from 2013 to 2014.
Research Highlights
My research interests lie in Human-computer Interaction, with a focus on gesture interaction, touch interaction, pen interaction, interaction in virtual reality, user interface design and human error. My work has been published in top tier conferences and journals of the Human-computer Interaction field such as ACM TOCHI and ACM CHI. My main research projects are classified as below:
    • Multimodal Interaction
    • Interface Design for Safe Interaction
    • Interaction in Virtual Reality
    • Interaction Design for Older Users
Refereed Publications
Huawei Tu, Susu Huang, Jiabin Yuan, Xiangshi Ren, Feng Tian:

Crossing-Based Selection with Virtual Reality Head-Mounted Displays. Accepted by CHI 2019

Pengcheng Wang, Qiulong Yang, Huawei Tu:

Designing Leakage-Resilient Password Entry With Semantic Tactile Feedback Guide on Smartwatches. Accepted by Journal of Software (2018) (top journal in Chinese) (Best Paper Award in 14th HHME 2018)

Qiulong Yang, Huawei Tu, Qingquan Wu, Yunlong Zhao, Jiabin Yuan:

A Comparative Study of Onehanded Gesture Input on the Front and Back of the Mobile Device. Journal of Taiyuan University of Technology 49(3): 443-453 (2018) (in Chinese)

Huawei Tu, Qiulong Yang, Xiaohan Liu, Jiabin Yuan, Xiangshi Ren, Feng Tian:

Differences and Similarities between Dominant and Non-dominant Thumbs for Pointing and Gesturing Tasks with Bimanual Tablet Gripping Interaction. Interacting with Computers 30(3): 243-257 (2018) (CCF B Rank)

Huawei Tu, Patrick Oladimeji, Sarah Wiseman, Harold Thimbleby, Paul A. Cairns, Gerrit Niezen:

Employing Number-Based Graphical Representations to Enhance the Effects of Visual Check on Entry Error Detection. Interacting with Computers 28(2): 194-207 (2016) (CCF B Rank)

Huawei Tu, Xiangshi Ren, Shumin Zhai:

Differences and Similarities between Finger and Pen Stroke Gestures on Stationary and Mobile devices. ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact. 22(5): 22:1-22:39 (2015) (CCF A Rank)

Huawei Tu, Xiangshi Ren, Feng Tian, Feng Wang:

Evaluation of Flick and Ring Scrolling on Touch-Based Smartphones. Int. J. Hum. Comput. Interaction 30(8): 643-653 (2014) (CCF B Rank)

Minghui Sun, Xiangshi Ren, Huawei Tu, Feng Tian:

An Investigation into the Relationship Between Texture and Human Performance in Steering and Gesture Input Tasks. Int. J. Hum. Comput. Interaction 30(8): 654-662 (2014) (CCF B Rank)

Huawei Tu, Patrick Oladimeji, Karen Yunqiu Li, Harold W. Thimbleby, Chris Vincent:

The Effects of Number-related Factors on Entry Performance. BCS HCI 2014

Huawei Tu, Xiangshi Ren:

Optimal Entry Size of Handwritten Chinese Characters in Touch-Based Mobile Phones. Int. J. Hum. Comput. Interaction 29(1): 1-12 (2013) (CCF B Rank)

Huawei Tu, Feng Wang, Feng Tian, Xiangshi Ren:

A comparison of flick and ring document scrolling in touch-based mobile phones. APCHI 2012: 29-34

Huawei Tu, Xing-Dong Yang, Feng Wang, Feng Tian, Xiangshi Ren:

Mode switching techniques through pen and device profiles. APCHI 2012: 169-176

Huawei Tu, Xiangshi Ren, Shumin Zhai:

A comparative evaluation of finger and pen stroke gestures. CHI 2012: 1287-1296 (CCF A Rank)

  • Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61602236): Study of Touch Gesture Interaction on Handheld Devices based on Cognitive and Motor Characteristics of Elderly Users (200,000 CNY), January 1, 2017-December 31, 2019
  • Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (No. BK20160801): Touch and Motion Gesture Interaction Design for Elderly Users (200,000 CNY), September 1, 2016-September 1, 2019
  • China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2016M591843): Improving Touch Gesture Interaction Design on Smartphones for Elderly Users (50,000 CNY), September 1, 2016-September 1, 2019
  • Postdoctoral Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (No. 1501053B): Touch Gesture Interaction Design based on Handheld Device Properties (40,000 CNY), September 1, 2015-September 1, 2017
  • NEC C&C Research Foundation Travel Grant: The Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2012 (200,000 JPY), Austin, USA, 2012

  • As Co-PI
  • Jiangsu Province Science & Technology Department (BE2017104), Virtual Reality based Game Design Based on GPU Clusters (920,000 CNY), June 1, 2017-June 30, 2020

  • As Co-I
  • CHI+MED (Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices, EP/G059063/1), CHI+MED: Multidisciplinary Computer-Human Interaction research for the design and safe use of interactive medical devices (5,820,840 Pounds), October 1, 2009-September 30, 2015
  • The 8th Collaborative Research Project in Japan by Microsoft Research (FY12-Q2 CORE8 Project), Enhancing Kinect-based Interaction Effectiveness by Utilizing Various Input and Output Modalities (1,800,000 JPY), April 1, 2012-March 31, 2013
  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) in Japan (No. 23300048), Development of Next Generation User Interface through Pen and Touch Properties (13,650,000 JPY), April 1, 2011-March 31, 2014
  • Patents
  • Huawei Tu, Qiulong Yang, Feng Tian: A Technique for Kinect-based Remote Menu Interaction (CN106911847A), 2017
  • Huawei Tu, Qiulong Yang: A Technique for Leakage-Resilient Semantic Tactile Feedback Guide (CN106911847A), 2017
  • Supervised Students
  • Current Master Students
    • Qiulong Yang (杨求龙)

      Gesture Design for Tablet Interaction

      Pengcheng Wang (王鹏程)

      Smartwatch-based Interaction

      Weiyang Huan (桓维阳)

      Interaction Design for Older Adults

      Susu Huang (黄苏苏)

      Interaction in Virtual Reality

      Qihan Huang (黄奇涵)


  • Alumni
    • Xiaohan Liu (刘晓寒)

      Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences (中科院自动化所)

      Yanlin Liu (刘彦麟)

      ZhongkeZhizhi Technology Co. Ltd (中科致志科技(北京)有限公司)

      Rui Wang (王蕊)

      Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences (中科院软件所)

      Feng Wang (王峰)

      SERVYOU GROUP (税友软件)

      Yang Cai (蔡阳)

      The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (香港理工大学)

    Professional Services
    Program Committee Member
  • Chinese CHI 2013-2019, IUI 2019, APCHI 2012-2014, ICCCS 2016, IXTP 2016

  • Editorial Service
  • Referee for CHI 2013-2019, UIST 2014-2015, Chinese CHI 2013-2018, MUM2013, TEI2013, PervasiveHealth2014, Ergonomics2014, IUI2015-2019, Mobile HCI 2015; IJHCS, IJHCI, IWC, ACM TIIS
  • Guest Editorial IWC Special Issue in Human Factors and Interaction Design for Critical Systems (2016)

  • Committee Member
  • International Chinese Association of Computer Human Interaction
  • Human Computer Interaction Group of China Computer Federation

  • Summer School
  • Summer School for Software Engineering & Human-computer Interaction in Nanjing University China (with Dr. Guihuan Feng, 2015-2018)
  • Teaching
  • Human-computer Interaction (for master students): Fall 2017-2018
  • Human-computer Interface Design (for undergraduate students): Spring 2016-2018
  • Introduction to Computers: Fall 2018