I am Runze Cai, a 2nd year Ph.D. Student at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Synteraction Lab (formerly NUS-HCI Lab), and advised by Prof. David Hsu and Prof. Shengdong Zhao.

My research interests focus on Wearable Devices, Augmented Reality (AR), and Human-AI Collaboration within a Multimodal & Multitask Context. My recent work centers around the following question:

How can we utilize AR Smart Glasses 🥽, alongside AI, to help users process, manipulate, and document information in daily activities with minimal effort and distraction?

I hope that through my efforts, technology can assist us in a seamless and friendly way, making our daily lives more convenient rather than invading them.


Publication (Full Paper)


  • 2024/06: Passed my Qualifying Exam recently, now a Ph.D. Candidate! I also onboard as CHI2025 Social Media Co-Chair. Excited for the journey ahead!
  • 2024/05: Aloha! Thrilled to fly to Hawaii to present the PANDALens Paper and its demo at CHI24. Also great to have the opportunity to host the ‘Attention: multitasking and Interruptions‘ session as a chair 🙂
  • 2024/01: Thrilled to have my first-author paper, PANDALens: Towards AI-Assisted In-Context Writing on OHMD During Travels, conditionally accepted at CHI 2024 – a wonderful birthday gift 🎉!
  • 2023/04: Memorable first CHI travel and presentation for the ParaGlassMenu paper.
  • 2023/01: My first research paper as first author, ParaGlassMenu: Towards Social-Friendly Subtle Interactions in Conversations, was conditionally accepted at CHI 2023.

Academic Services

  • Organizing Committee
    • CHI 2025 Social Media Co-Chair
  • Reviewer
    • CHI (2023-2024), UIST (2024), DIS (2024), MobileHCI (2024)
  • Session Chair
    • CHI 2024 – “Attention: multitasking and Interruptions”.