BoYu Gao is a Ph.D. candidate (2013 ~ current) under supervised by Prof. HyungSeok Kim, in VR(Virtual Reality) Lab, Department of Internet & Multimedia Engineering, Konkuk University. His research focuses on the issues of believability (suspension of disbelief) in the field of VR and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction). Specifically, with several research experiments designed and conducted to evaluate the factors of multimodal (visual, auditory, haptic, and other senses) realism, immersion and presence on validating and modeling the components of believability, in gestural touch interfaces and VR applications. The goal is to identify the components of believability, consistence (user’s expectation is matched with the perceived information) and persistence (user’s interaction is continuously matched with the perceived information), in user interfaces, and then build the believable model for enhancing and helping user experience design in VR and HCI.



  1. Submitted the paper “Effects of Artificial Landmarks on Spatial Learning and Recalling for Visual Wall of Icons in Virtual Reality” to ACM SUI 2017, 07.02.2017
  2. The article of “Effects of Continuous Auditory Feedback on Trajectory-based Finger Gestures” is under reviewing in IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 06.09.2017. 
  3. The article of “Effect of Depth Variation on Spatial Memory for Image Browsing in VR” is under reviewing in ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 03.09.2017. 
  4. Serving as Data Chair in ACM CHI (2015 ~ 2018). 
  5. Attended to Korea HCI conference 2017 (02.08. 2017 ~ 02.10. 2017). 
  6. One paper was accepted in Korea HCI conference 2017
  7. Reviewing in ACM Spatial User Interaction (SUI) 2016 full paper and ACM VRST 2016 short and poster. 
  8. Attended ACM CHI 2016 in San Jose, CA, U.S. (05.07.2016 ~ 05.12.2016).