"Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought"
-- Albert Szent-gyorgyi (1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine 1893-1986)
My research interests are related to Human-Computer Interaction, mostly on the application aspect. In particular, I'm looking at user interface (UI) designs that make public interactive displays easy to be recognized and used. This involves concepts from human factors, systems design, as well as visual arts.
No matter how advanced or sophisticated a computer system is, in the end it's the human who is using it. If the user is confused with the interface, there is no way the system can be fully utilized.
As a research student the majority of my life is of course conducting research. Frankly it can sometimes get boring, but the trick is trying to relate to things you can apply, and see what others are doing. My philosophy is while theoretical in nature, research should be able to be packaged and applied in a way such that general audience can still have some idea what it is about. Say you are doing research in superconductors, you should be able let others know it's about conducting electricity better than any existing materials, and one day it can be used to preserve resources.
Here is a list of research projects that I'm involving in during my PhD studies: