As a researcher..

I have a multi-disciplinary background in Mechanical Engineering and Automation (B.Eng.) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CN, Robotics (M.Sc.) at King’s College London, UK, and Material Perception (Ph.D.) at TU Delft, NL.

In November 2013, I joined the Delft Perceptual Intelligence Lab ( as a Ph.D. candidate in the section of Human Information Communication Design (HICD) in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. The Ph.D. project is within the EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) project PRISM – Perceptual Intelligence of Illumination, Shape and Material. We also collaborated with P&G (Germany) consumer market knowledge division in a user research project to study how consumers perceive visual-tactile information for their products.

The main aim of my Ph.D. project is to measure the visual perception of materials. During my Ph.D., I developed a novel interactive probing method for purely visually and quantitatively measuring material perception and its interaction with lighting perception. For the summary of my PhD, please see here.

I am experienced in Experimental Design, Interactive Interface Design, Data Analysis, Computer Vision, 3D Modelling & Rendering, and Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing.

In December 2019 I joined the Computational Psychology Lab as postdoc to work with Dr. Dietmar Heinke. The aim of the current project is to understand the interaction between attentional selection and action selection. My main work is to develop a plausible computational model (an extended version of CoRLEGO) for characteristics in target selection and reaching action.

Contact me via vanzh89 [at] gmail [dot] com