Tuesday 12pm, 29 March 2016


Hacking with commercial off-the-shelf systems

Haojian Jin

Research Engineer - Yahoo


New system research often limits people's involvement since it requires immense resources (hardware, network, computation, etc.) in deployment. My approach to improving this situation is to leverage commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) sensors and existing software protocols. In this talk, I will first present a series of projects on spatial awareness sensing. Today's mobile devices typically detect the presence of surrounding devices and display them in a list. This binary presence conflicts with users' natural way of interacting, which is spatial in the physical world. My research looks at various sensors on COTS mobile devices, e.g. microphones, speakers, wireless chips, to build ad-hoc cross-device tracking systems. I'll also present my recent experiments-in-progress work on the interface hacking in security, communication and video navigation.


Haojian Jin is a maker and a researcher who enjoys hacking commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems from an HCI standpoint. His recent research focuses on creating novel sensing and interface technologies on COTS mobile devices. Haojian is currently a research engineer at Yahoo, working on HCI innovations. Previously, he has worked at Bosch Research, Microsoft Research Asia and received his Master's in computer science from Emory University.