Isaac Wang, Ph.D.

Former PhD Student
CSE E403

I’m a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Florida, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing under Dr. Jaime Ruiz. I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University.

Currently, my research focuses on communicating with computers through gesture interaction and the use of expressive virtual agents. I am also developing an intelligent video annotation tool, called EASEL, that uses gesture segmentation and recognition to automate and improve the process of analyzing non-verbal gestures and intents in video.

Isaac defended his thesis and graduated with his PhD in Summer 2022.

Exploring the Use of Gesture in Collaborative Tasks
Isaac Wang, Pradyumna Narayana, Dhruva Patil, Gururaj Mulay, Rahul Bangar, Bruce Draper, Ross Beveridge, and Jaime Ruiz. 2017. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2990-2997. DOI:

EASEL: Easy Automatic Segmentation Event Labeler
Isaac Wang, Pradyumna Narayana, Jesse Smith, Bruce Draper, Ross Beveridge, and Jaime Ruiz. 2018.In Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI:

Staying Alive with Virtual Humans
Sarah Morrison-Smith, Heng Yao, Isaac Wang, Benjamin Lok, and Jaime Ruiz. 2018. In CHI '18 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA

Cooperating with Avatars Through Gesture, Language and Action
Pradyumna Narayana, Nikhil Krishnaswamy, Isaac Wang, Rahul Bangar, Dhruva Patil, Gururaj Mulay, Kyeongmin Rim, Ross Beveridge, Jaime Ruiz, James Pustejovsky, and Bruce Draper. 2018. In Intelligent Systems and Applications (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing), 272–293.

Exploring Virtual Agents for Augmented Reality
Isaac Wang, Jesse Smith, and Jaime Ruiz. 2019. In 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. ACM, New York, NY, USA. Paper 281, 10 pages.

User-Aware Shared Perception for Embodied Agents
David White, Ross Beveridge, Bruce Draper, Francisco Ortega, Rahul Bangar, Dhruva Patil, James Pustejovsky, Nikhil Krishnaswamy, Kyeongmin Rim, Jaime Ruiz, and Isaac Wang. 2019. User-Aware Shared Perception for Embodied Agents. In 2019 IEEE International Conference on Humanized Computing and Communication (HCC), Laguna Hills, CA, USA, 2019, pp. 46-51.

MMGatorAuth: A Novel Multimodal Dataset for Authentication Interactions in Gesture and Voice
Sarah Morrison-Smith, Aishat Aloba, Hangwei Lu, Brett Benda, Shaghayegh Esmaeili, Gianne Flores, Jesse Smith, Nikita Soni, Isaac Wang, Rejin Joy, Damon L. Woodard, Jaime Ruiz, and Lisa Anthony. 2020. In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 370–377. DOI: