Hao Chen

Hao Chen

PhD Student

Hao Chen is a visiting Ph.D student from HIT Lab NZ. Hao received his B.S. degree in School of Astronautics from Harbin Institute of Technology(China) in 2009 and received his Master’s degree in School of Control science and Engineering from Zhejiang University (China) in 2012. In 2014, he joined in HIT Lab NZ as a Ph.D student.


  • Empathy in Virtual Reality

    Virtual reality (VR) interfaces is an influential medium to trigger emotional changes in humans. However, there is little research on making users of VR interfaces aware of their own and in collaborative interfaces, one another's emotional state. In this project, through a series of system development and user evaluations, we are investigating how physiological data such as heart rate, galvanic skin response, pupil dilation, and EEG can be used as a medium to communicate emotional states either to self (single user interfaces) or the collaborator (collaborative interfaces). The overarching goal is to make VR environments more empathetic and collaborators more aware of each other's emotional state.