Junyi Zhu  (朱均逸)

PHD CANDIDATE

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at MIT CSAIL, advised by Prof. Stefanie Mueller at the HCIE Group, working at the intersection of Human Computer Interaction, personal fabrication tools and novel sensing technologies. My most recent research focuses on rapid function prototyping, freeform electronics and health sensing. I am a 2017 Seneff-Zue Fellow and a 2021 Thomas G. Stockham, Jr (1955) and Bernard (Ben) Gold Fellow.

Prior to MIT, I completed my Bachelor's Degree at University of Washington in Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, concentrated in Embedded Computing Systems.

I also worked as a Research Assistant at UW Ubicomp Lab, a part-time Software Engineer at Senosis Health, and a Teaching Assistant at UW Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

Research Publications

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Junyi Zhu, Jackson C. Snowden, Joshua Verdejo, Emily Chen, Paul Zhang, Hamid Ghaednia, Joseph H. Schwab, Stefanie Mueller. 
EIT-kit: An Electrical Impedance Tomography Toolkit for Health and Motion Sensing 
In Proceedings of UIST 2021

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Junyi Zhu, Yunyi Zhu, Jiaming Cui, Leon Cheng, Jackson C Snowden, Mark Chounlakone, Michael Wessely, Stefanie Mueller. 
MorphSensor: A 3D Electronic Design Tool for Reforming Sensor Modules 
In Proceedings of UIST 2020

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Junyi Zhu, Lotta-Gili Blumberg, Yunyi Zhu, Martin Nisser, Ethan Levi Carlson, Xin Wen, Kevin Shum, Jessica Ayeley Quaye, Stefanie Mueller. 

CurveBoards: Integrating Breadboards into Physical Objects to Prototype Function in the Context of Form. 
In Proceedings of CHI 2020

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Martin Nisser, Junyi Zhu, Tianye Chen, Katarina Bulovic, Parinya Punpongsanon, Stefanie Mueller. 
Sequential Support: 3D Printing Dissolvable Support Material for Time-Dependent Mechanisms. 
In Proceedings of TEI 2019

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Edward Wang, Junyi Zhu, Mohit Jain, Tien-Jui Lee, Elliot Saba, Lama Nachman, Shwetak N. Patel.  

Seismo: Blood Pressure Monitoring using Built-in Smartphone Accelerometer and Camera.
In Proceedings of CHI 2018.  [BEST PAPER NOMINEE]

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Edward Wang, William Li, Junyi Zhu, Rajneil Rana, Shwetak N. Patel.  

Noninvasive hemoglobin measurement using unmodified smartphone camera and white flash.
In Proceedings of 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2017).  

Edward Wang, Junyi Zhu, William Li, Rajneil Rana, Shwetak N. Patel. 

HemaApp IR: noninvasive hemoglobin measurement using unmodified smartphone cameras and built-in LEDs
In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp '17).

Demonstrations & Extended Abstracts

Junyi Zhu, Jackson Snowden, Joshua Verdejo, Emily Chen, Paul Zhang, Hamid Ghaednia, Joseph Schwab, Stefanie Mueller. 
EIT-kit Demo: An Electrical Impedance Tomography Toolkit for Health and Motion Sensing 
In Adjunct Publication of the 34th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’21). ACM.

Junyi Zhu, Yunyi Zhu, Jiaming Cui, Leon Cheng, Jackson Snowden, Mark Chounlakone, Michael Wessely Stefanie Mueller.
Demonstration of MorphSensor: A 3D Electronic Design Tool for Reforming Sensor Modules 
In Adjunct Publication of the 33rd An- nual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’20). ACM.

Junyi Zhu, Lotta-Gili Blumberg, Yunyi Zhu, Martin Nisser, Ethan Levi Carlson, Xin Wen, Kevin Shum, Jessica Ayeley Quaye, Stefanie Mueller.
CurveBoards Demo: Integrating Breadboards into Physical Objects to Prototype Function in the Context of Form
In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’20). ACM.

Other Projects

Parking System for Capitol Hill

Parking System for Capitol Hill

A district shared parking system for Capitol Hill Housing by using RFID tags and WISPCam (a battery-free RFID camera). The RFID tags monitor the cars going in and out to get the number of cars inside the garage and how many free spots are left. The WISPCam inside the garage will show which specific spots are available, which is achieved by machine learning. All the information are displayed on our own website and self-built mobile application. The project has been filed for a patent.

BiliCam

BiliCam

iOS development for an existing research project, BiliCam, a smartphone-based non-invasive medical application that uses the on-device camera to monitor jaundice in newborns, and improve its scalability and the user interface along with assessment processes to match user habits. Redesign the machine learning models so that is matches the FDA approval standard.

Drone Hacking & Overcontrol

Drone Hacking & Overcontrol

Use Wireshark to hijack the proprietary communication protocol of a Parrot mini-drone through a self-developed Android Application, and featuring cross-communication between it and Arduino board through both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, controlled by human motion.

Pokémon Game via FPGA

Pokémon Game via FPGA

Adopted from the famous Japanese GBA game. The game is designed for two players to play on two separate FPGA boards, each embedded with self-built microprocessor and asynchronous serial network system.

Air Pollution Monitoring

Air Pollution Monitoring

Assist with community air monitors for Imperial, CA. The crew in SEAL Lab & Seto Lab already deployed 20 monitors last year, and the next 20 new monitors will be designed for this year. Data are streamed to UW servers via Wi-Fi connections by Arduino board in monitors. Data can be viewed through a self-designed mobile application.

Mobile Tank

Mobile Tank

Cross-compiled on both Pyhtek and Beaglebone Black board with Linux-based system, controlled through Bluetooth by self-written Android Application.

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