Esther Foo

PhD Student, Human Factors & Ergonomics

Research Assistant, Wearable Technology Lab



Esther Foo

Esther is a third year PhD candidate in Human Factors and Ergonomics. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Purdue University and Cornell University respectively. Her broad research interest lies in the human factors aspects of wearable technology/healthcare applications. Currently, Esther’s research involves understanding user interaction/experience with non-traditional haptic modalities. Her specific doctoral dissertation work involves designing and developing wearable haptic interfaces to understand user experience with on-body, computer-mediated compression as a novel form of remote interaction. Some of her other projects in the Wearable Technology Lab involve sensor development (force measurement, wetness sensing), actuator design (thermal actuators, active materials-shape memory alloy actuators), functional apparel design (dynamic compression garments), e-textile garment development, and soft exoskeletons (for children with mobility disorders).


Research Interests & Expertise

Human Factors Design and Engineering

Wearable Technology

Human-Computer Interaction

Affective Haptics

Interaction Design

User Experience Research Methods

Medical Device Design


Selected Scholarship (Full list in CV)

Foo, E., Lee, J. W., Ozbek, S., & Holschuh, B. (2018, October). Preliminary study of the subjective comfort and emotional effects of on-body compression. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 128-131). ACM.


Berglund, M. E., Foo, E., Islam Molla, M. T., Muthya Sudheendra, S., Compton, C., & Dunne, L. E. (2018, October). MAKE IT BLUE: a controllable, color-changing dynamic costume. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 236-241). ACM.


Foo, E. W., Pettys-Baker, R. M., Sullivan, S., & Dunne, L. E. (2017, September). Garment-integrated wetness sensing for leak detection. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 26-33). ACM.

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