Hemant Surale, PhD

Research Scientist at Meta Reality Labs

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Hemant is an HCI+AI Scientist. His main research interests include Mixed Reality Interfaces (MR), Wearable Computing (Rings and Wristbands), Input Interactions (Gestural interfaces), and Applied AI (Computer Vision).

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He was advised by Daniel Vogel, Mark Hancock, and Edward Lank. He has been awarded with the David R. Cheriton Graduate Scholarship three time, IDSA, CS achievement, and the Snap Research Fellowship.

He led/leading impactful research at Meta, Microsoft, Snap, Google/North, and NetApp R&D departments bridging theory and practice. He is passionate about maximizing productivity through user interface design, AI-integrated development, and empirical evaluation, particularly emphasizing fundamental concepts like modes and mode-switching to establish practical design principles for diverse MR applications.


Jan 26, 2024 Our intern Junxiao (Shawn) is off to start an assistant professor position at the University of Bristol, UK. Congrats!! :sparkles:
Jun 26, 2023 Our intern Taejun presented the STAR paper at UIST’23.
Jun 26, 2023 Our paper on text-entry method for AR (STAR) is conditionally accepted at UIST’23.
Mar 13, 2023 Our paper on gaze-based mode-switching was accepted at ETRA’23. :sparkles:

selected publications

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    STAR: Smartphone-analogous Typing in Augmented Reality
    Taejun Kim, Amy Karlson, Aakar Gupta, and 6 more authors
    In Proceedings of the 36th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, 2023
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    Gaze-based Mode-Switching to Enhance Interaction with Menus on Tablets
    Yanfei Hu Fleischhauer, Hemant Bhaskar Surale, Florian Alt, and 1 more author
    In Proceedings of the 2023 Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications, 2023