I am a Computer Science Ph.D. student and Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University, working on human-computer interaction. I am part of SHAPE Lab, advised by Prof. Sean Follmer. I also work closely with Prof. Jeremy Bailenson in Virtual Human Interaction Lab. My research touches on human perception and sensory illusion. Through augmenting sensory experiences with immersive media, I investigate new pathways to support daily interaction and mental well-being.

I obtained my MS at the University of Chicago, advised by Prof. Pedro Lopes, and BA at UNC-Chapel Hill with a double major in Journalism and Computer Science. Before jumping into academic research, I worked in product management and advertising.


Embodying Physics-Aware Avatars in Virtual Reality

Yujie Tao, Cheng Yao Wang, Andrew D. Wilson, Eyal Ofek, Mar Gonzalez-Franco

CHI 2023 Paper

Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Affective Touch as Immediate and Passive Wearable Intervention

Yiran Zhao*, Yujie Tao*, Grace Lee, Rui Maki, Alexander Adams, Pedro Lopes, Tanzeem Choudhury

IMWUT 2022 Paper

Integrating Real-World Distractions into Virtual Reality

Yujie Tao, Pedro Lopes

UIST 2022 Paper

Altering Perceived Softness of Real Rigid Objects by Restricting Fingerpad Deformation

Yujie Tao, Shan-Yuan Teng, Pedro Lopes

UIST 2021 Paper

Best Paper Award & Best Demo Award


DextrEMS: Increasing Dexterity in Electrical Muscle Stimulation by Combining it with Brakes

Romain Nith, Shan-Yuan Teng, Pengyu Li, Yujie Tao, Pedro Lopes

UIST 2021 Paper

People's Choice Demo Award

Improved Vergence and Accommodation via Purkinje Image Tracking with Multiple Cameras for AR Glasses

Conny Lu, Praneeth Chakravarthula, Yujie Tao, Steven Chen, Henry Fuchs

ISMAR 2020 Paper