Rui Zhang

  • Job title: Researcher
  • Organization: Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology
  • Working group: Chair of Digital Health
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23604
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  • Address:
    Henkestr. 91, Geb. 7
    91052 Erlangen
    Room 376
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Rui Zhang was born in Harbin, China, where he spent most of his pre-college time until getting admitted by Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST) in the ancient and modern Nanjing City in 2008. Rui obtained his B.Sc. degree in Automation in 2012.

In 2013, Rui attended a Master program provided by Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg (OvGU) focusing on medical imaging and human computer interface technologies in operating room. In 2015, Rui finished his study at OvGU with M.Sc. degree in Medical Systems Engineering.

In 2015, Rui joined the ACTLab research group in University of Passau (UP), where he started his work in the EU project “SimpleSkin” and developed the first prototype of smart dietary monitoring eyeglasses.

In 2017, as ACTLab moved to Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Rui moved along with the research group to Erlangen, Germany’s city of healthiness and medical technology. Rui’s research interest includes machine learning, context recognition, wearable computing, and sensor tecnology. His current working topic is dietary monitoring using smart eyeglasses in free-living and dietary behaviour analysis.



Addythia Saphala, Rui Zhang, Trinh Nam Thai, Oliver Amft, "Non-contact temporalis muscle monitoring to detect eating in free-living using smart eyeglasses", 2022 IEEE 18th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks, IEEE, 2022.

Addythia Saphala, Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Proximity-based Eating Event Detection in Smart Eyeglasses with Expert and Data Models", ISWC '22: Proceedings of the 2022 International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ACM, 2022.


David Kopyto, Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Audio-Based Onset Detection applied to Chewing Cycle Segmentation", ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Association for Computing Machinery, September 21, 2021.

David Kopyto, Lena Uhlenberg, Rui Zhang, Valeska Stonawski, Stefanie Horndasch, Oliver Amft, "AIM in Eating Disorders", Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Springer International Publishing, 2021.


Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Retrieval and Timing Performance of Chewing-Based Eating Event Detection in Wearable Sensors", Sensors,, 2020.

Giovanni Schiboni, Juan Carlos Suarez, Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "DynDSE: Automated Multi-Objective Design Space Exploration for Context-Adaptive Wearable IoT Edge Devices", Sensors,, 2020.


Samira Tansaz, Annalisa Baronetto, Rui Zhang, Adrian Derungs, Oliver Amft, "Printing Wearable Devices in 2D and 3D: An Overview on Mechanical and Electronic Digital Co-design", IEEE Pervasive Computing, IEEE Xplore, October 2019.

Giovanni Schiboni, Juan Carlos Suarez, Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Attention-Based Adaptive Sampling for Continuous EMG-Data Streams", 2019 IEEE SmartWorld, Ubiquitous Intelligence & Computing, Advanced & Trusted Computing, Scalable Computing & Communications, Cloud & Big Data Computing, Internet of People and Smart City Innovation, IEEE, 2019.


Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Free-living eating event spotting using EMG-monitoring eyeglasses", Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Health Informatics (BHI '18), IEEE, March 2018.

Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Monitoring chewing and eating in free-living using smart eyeglasses", IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Xplore, 2018.

Rui Zhang, Volodymyr Kolbin, Mirko Süttenbach, Martin Hedges, Oliver Amft, "Evaluation of 3D-printed Conductive Lines and EMG Electrodes on Smart Eyeglasses Frames", Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ACM, 2018.


Florian Wahl, Rui Zhang, Martin Freund, Oliver Amft, "Personalizing 3D-Printed Smart Eyeglasses to Augment Daily Life", Computer, IEEE Xplore, February 2017.

Jingyuan Cheng, Bo Zhou, Paul Lukowicz, Fernando Seoane, Matija Varga, Andreas Mehmann, Peter Chabrecek, Werner Gaschler, Karl Goenner, Hansjürgen Horter, Stefan Schneegass, Mariam Hassib, Albrecht Schmidt, Martin Freund, Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Textile Building Blocks: Toward Simple, Modularized, and Standardized Smart Textile", Smart Textiles, Springer International Publishing, 2017.


Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Bite Glasses: Measuring Chewing Using EMG and Bone Vibration in Smart Eyeglasses", Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC '16), ACM, September 2016.

Rui Zhang, Oliver Amft, "Regular-look eyeglasses can monitor chewing", Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC '16), ACM, September 2016.


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