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Shumin Zhai's Biographical Sketch

Shumin Zhai is currently a Senior Staff Research Scientist at Google. He is interested in both foundational issues of user interfaces such as the laws of action and the cognitive aspects of gesture interaction and practical product innovations. From 1996 to 2010 he was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center where he led product innovations such as the Scrollpoint mouse, created key patents for IBM, and was recognied by four IBM Research Division Accompishments. From 2000 to 2010 he originated and led the SHARK/ShapeWriter project that pioneered the touchscreen word-gesture keyboard paradigm, filing the first patents, publishing all of the first generation scientific papers and desertations (of Per Ola Kristensson), and publicly releasing the first word-gesture keyboard in 2004 through IBM Alphaworks. Shumin's research has produced over 100 research papers been reported in over 100 articles in the news media including the New York Times and the BBC. He regularly serves on academic boards and committees and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of  ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. He has been a visiting professor and lectured at various universities in the US, Europe and China . Among the first to enter universities through the competitive national entrance examination in 1977 after the 10 year Cultural Revolution in China, Shumin started his academic and research career in China in 1984 after receiving his master's degree. He earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Toronto in 1995.  In 2006, he was named one of ACM's inaugural class of Distinguished Scientists. In 2010 he was named a Fellow of the ACM and Member of the CHI Academy.

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