Xianta Jiang, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada, A1B 3X5

Office: EN-2010
Email: xiantaj at mun.ca
Phone: 1-709-8644096
Xianta Jiang
Short BIO: Dr. Xianta Jiang received Ph.D. from the Computer Science of the Simon Fraser University (2015) and Zhejiang University (Dual degree), where his thesis research focused on mental workload assessment using eye-tracking technology. He then completed a post-doc fellowship at the MENVA research group, Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University, working on the area of detecting human activity by processing muscle activities data with machine learning algorithm. He latterly worked as a senior research associate in the Surgical Simulation Research Lab (SSRL) in the Department of Surgery at University of Alberta, studying team cognition using Augmented Reality (AR) and eye-tracking technologies. Dr. Jiang is taking the assistant professor position in the CS of MUN starting of June 2019.

Research Interest:
  • Intelligent Human Machine Interaction
  • Ubiquitous Computing in Healthcare
  • Human Behavior Recognition
  • Bio-signal Processing
  • Eye-tracking and Pupil Diameter
  • Human Factors
Book Chapters:

  1. M.N. Victorino, X.T. Jiang,
C. Menon, “Wearable Technologies and Force Myography for Healthcare”. Wearable Technologies in Medicine and Healthcare, Elsevier, Chapter 7, 135-152, (2018). [URL]

Journal Publications:

  17.  M. Sakr,
  X. T. Jiang, C. Menon, “Estimation of User-Applied Isometric Force/Torque using Upper Extremity Force Myography, Front. Robot. AI: (2019, accepted).

  16.  X. T. Jiang, M. Gholami,
M. Khoshnam,
J. Eng, C. Menon, “Estimation of Ankle Joint Power During Walking using Two Inertial Sensors”, Sensors: (2019, accepted).

  15.  X. T. Jiang, Z.G. Xiao,
C. Menon, “Virtual Grasps Recognition using Fusion of Leap Motion and Force Myography”, Virtual Reality: (2018). [URL]

  14.  X. T. Jiang, H.T. Chu,
C. Menon, “A Wearable Gait Phase Detection System Based on Force Myography Techniques”, Sensors: (2018). [URL]

  13.  H.T. Chu,
X. T. Jiang, C. Menon, “Wearable Step Counting using a Force Sensing Resistors Strap on the Ankle”, Journal of Rehabilitation and assistive Engineering: (2017). [URL]

  12.  G.P. Sadarangani, X.T. Jiang, L. Simpson, J.J. Eng, C. Menon, “Force Myography for Monitoring Grasping in Individuals with Stroke with Mild to Moderate Upper-Extremity Impairments: A Preliminary Investigation in a Controlled Environment”, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Online-first (2017). [URL]

  11.  X.T. Jiang, L. Merhi, Z.G. Xiao, C. Menon, “Exploration of Force Myography and surface Electrogyography in Hand Gesture Classification”, Medical Engineering & Physics. 41: 63-73 (2017).

10.  X.T. Jiang, L. Merhi, C. Menon, “Force Exertion Affects Grasp Classification using Force Myography”, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. (Online first, 2017). [URL]

  9.  A. Kadkhodayan, X.T. Jiang, and C.Menon, “Continuous Predicting Finger Movements using Force Myography”, Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering: 1-11 (2016). [URL]

  8.  X.T. Jiang, B. Zheng, R. Bednarik, and M.S. Atkins, “Pupil Responses to Continuous Aiming Movements”, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 83: 1-11 (2015). [URL]

  7.B. Zheng X.T. Jiang, , and M.S. Atkins,“Detection of Changes in Surgical Difficulty: Evidence from Pupil Responses”, Surgical Innovation 22(6), 629-635 (2014). [URL]

  6. X.T. Jiang, 
B. Zheng, and M.S. Atkins,“Video Processing to Locate the Tooltip Position in Surgical Eye-hand Coordination Tasks”, Surgical Innovation 22(3), 285-293 (2014). [URL]
   5. X.T. Jiang, B. Zheng, G. Tien, and M.S. Atkins, “Pupil Response to Precision in Surgical Task Execution”, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 184, 210 – 214 (2013). [URL] .

  4. G. Tien, M.S. Atkins, X.T. Jiang, R. S.A. Khan, and B. Zheng, “Identifying Eye Gaze Mismatch During Laparoscopic Surgery”, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 184, 453 – 457  (2013).  [URL]

  3. X.T. Jiang, G. Tien, D. Huang, B. Zheng, and M.S. Atkins, “Capturing and evaluating blinks from video-based eyetrackers”, Behavior Research Methods, 1-8 (2013). [URL] .

  2. B. Zheng, X.T. Jiang, G. Tien, A. Meneghetti, O. N. M. Panton, M.S. Atkins, “Workload Assessment of Surgeons: Correlation between NASA TLX and Blinks”, Surgical Endoscopy 26, 2746-2750 (2012). [URL].

  1. X. H. Ye, L. Chen, X.T. Jiang, and G. C. Chen, “Physiological Signals based Emotional State Recognition Model of Audience”,Journal of Zhejiang University (Engineering Science), 46(6), 995-1003(2012). [URL].

Conference Publications:

  14.  X.T. Jiang, L. Tory, M. Khoshnam, H.T. Chu, C. Menon, “Exploration of Gait Parameters Affecting the Accuracy of Force Myography-Based Gait Phase Detection”, Proceedings of 7th IEEE IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical (BioRob 2018), August 26-29, Holland, Netherlands (2018). [URL]

  13.  X.T. Jiang, H.T. Chu, Z.G. Xiao, L. Merhi, C. Menon, “An Easy-to-use Wearable Step Counting Device for Slow Walking using Ankle Force Myography”, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, October 5-8, Banff, AB, Canada (2017). [URL]

  12. H. Shen, S. Pourazadi, X.T. Jiang, C. Menon, “A Priliminary Investigation on A Wearable Sensory System for Lower Leg Swelling Detection”, Proceedings of The 8th IEEE Annual Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (IEMCON 2017), October 3-5, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2017). [URL]

  11. J. Schoning, X.T. Jiang, C. Menon, G. Heidemann, “Content-Aware 3D Reconstruction with Gaze Data”, Proceedings of 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics (CYBCONF 2017), June 21-23, Exeter, UK (2017). [URL]

  10. H.W. Ng, X.T. Jiang, L. Merhi, C. Menon, “Investigation of the Feasibility of Strain Gages as Pressure Sensors for Force Myography”, Proceedings of International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (IWBBIO 2017), April 26-28, Granada, Spain (2017). [URL]

 9.  X.T. Jiang, H.T. Chu,C. Menon, “Ankle Positions Classification using Force Myography: an Exploratory Investigation”, Proceedings of IEEE-EMBS Special Topic Conference on Point-of-Care (POC) Healthcare Technologies, IEEE-NIH 2016 Special Topics Conference on Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies (2016). [URL]

 8.  A. Ferrone, X.T. Jiang, L. Maiolo, A. Pecora, L. Colace, C. Menon, A.Ferrone, L.Colace, “Fully Wearable Fabric Band for Hand gesture Recognition Based on FSS”, Proceedings of IEEE-EMBS Special Topic Conference on Point-of-Care (POC) Healthcare Technologies, IEEE-NIH 2016 Special Topics Conference on Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies (2016). [URL]

 7.  A. Ferrone, rone, X.T. Jiang, F. Maita, L. Maiolo, M. Arquilla, A. Castiello, A. Pecora,C. Menon, A.Ferrone, L.Colace., “Wearable Band for Hand Gesture Recognition based on Strain Sensors.”, Proceedings of BioRob (2016). [URL]

 6. S. Mohammadzadeh, A. Elnady, X.T. Jiang, C. Menon, “Image Processing Algorithm to Generate a Control Signal to Drive an Exoskeleton For Upper Extremity Rehabilitation”, Proceedings of IEEE CCECE (2016). [URL]

 5. B. Zheng, X.T. Jiang, and M.S. Atkins,“Gaze Characteristics of Video Watching in a Surgical Setting”, Proceedings of ETVIS (2016). [URL]

 4. X.T. Jiang, M.S. Atkins, G. Tien, R. Bednarik, and B. Zheng,“Pupil Responses during Discrete Goal-directed Movements”, Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2075-2084 (2014) (Best of CHI Paper Honorable Mention Award). [URL] .
3. X.T. Jiang, B. Zheng, G. Tien, R. Bednarik, and M.S. Atkins, “Pupil Dilations during Target-pointing Respect Fitts' Law”, Proceedings of the Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications, 175-182 (2014). [URL] .

   2. G. Tien, M.S. Atkins, X.T. Jiang, B. Zheng, and R. Bednarik, “Verbal Gaze Instruction Matches Visual Gaze Guidance in Laparoscopic Skills Training”, Proceedings of the Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications, 331-334 (2014). [URL]

  1. M.S. Atkins, X.T. Jiang, G. Tien, and B. Zheng, “Saccadic Delays on Targets while Watching Videos”, Proceedings of the Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications, 405-408 (2012). [URL].

Conference abstract/poster publications:

 3. C. Napier, X.T. Jiang, and C. Menon,“The use of a sacral marker to approximate the centre of mass during running gait”, ISB/ASB congress 2019, July 31-August 4, Calgary, Canada (2019).

2. X.T. Jiang, M. Gholami, J. Eng, C. Menon, “Peak plantar ankle flex push-off power estimation using single inertial measurement units”, ISPGR world congress 2019, June 30-July 4, Edinburgh, UK (2019).

 1. G.P. Sadarangani, X.T. Jiang, Z. Xiao, L.A. Simpson, J.J. Eng, C. Menon,“Wearable Sensor for Detecting Functional Use of the Upper-extremities in Take-Home or Tele-Rehabilitation Settings”, 24th John K. Friesen Conference – Harnessing Technology for Aging-in-place, May, Vancouver, Canada (2015).