About Me

Hi, my name is Yiyi. I'm a maker, designer and developer. I'm originally from China and now living in downtown Toronto. My research focuses on combining wearable technology, augmented reality and IoT to improve shared social awareness in mixed reality game experiences.

A bubbly and amiable character, I love spending time building aquarium landscape and turning my apartment into a forest.

Exhibits, Talks & Workshops

IUW 2018 Speaker
DF Openshow 2018, 2019 Exhibitor
Dames Making Games & Social Body Lab 2018, 2019, 2020 Workshop instructor
WTF – What the Futures? 2019 Exhibitor
LevelUp 2019 Exhibitor
FITC 2019 Exhibitor
GradEX 2019 Exhibitor
Future Education Festival 2019 Exhibitor
VRTO 2019 Workshop facilitator
DMG October Speaker Social 2019 Speaker


Shao, Yiyi, Nadine Lessio, and Alexis Morris. "IoT Avatars: Mixed Reality Hybrid Objects for CoRe Ambient Intelligent Environments." Procedia Computer Science 155 (2019): 433-440.

Kate Hartman, Chris Luginbuhl, Yiyi Shao, and Ricardo Toller Correia. 2020. Encasing Computation: Using Digital Fabrication Approaches to Make Microcontrollers Wearable. In Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 849–861. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3374920.3375004

Guan, Jie, Nadine Lessio, Yiyi Shao, and Alexis Morris. "Exploring a Mixed Reality Framework for the Internet-of-Things: Toward Visualization and Interaction with Hybrid Objects and Avatars." In 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW), pp. 858-858. IEEE, 2020.