Min Fan

I am a Post-Doc working with Dr. Alissa Antle in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. My research interests are child-centric and tangible interaction design and evaluation. As part of my PhD research, I am focused on how tangible and embedded technologies could benefit learning for at-risk children.

As a design researcher, I have demonstrated strong abilities in developing study designs, conducting studies in the field, analyzing findings using mixed methods, and generalizing design recommendations based on results.

As an active practitioner in the design field, I am specialized in Interaction Design (sketching, wireframing, low and high-fidelity prototyping), User-Centric Design Process, and Design Evaluation (usability testing) with complimentary skills in Motion Graphic Design and Video Production.

Professional Experience

  • Present2017


    Simon Fraser University

  • 20172012

    Interaction Designer & Research Assistant

    Tangible, Embodied, and Child Interaction Lab, Simon Fraser University

  • 20122010

    Interaction Designer & Motion Graphic Designer

    Centre for Digital Media

  • 2011.082011.05

    VFX Coordinator

    Pixomondo VFX Company

  • 2010.072008.09

    Teaching Assistant

    Communication University of China

  • 2008.102007.05

    Video Editor and Video Director

    The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad


  • Ph.D 2012 - 2017

    Ph.D in School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)

    Simon Fraser University

  • Master of Digital Media 2010 - 2012

    Master of Digital Media

    Centre for Digital Media

  • M. A. 2009 - 2012

    Master of Arts in Digital Media Arts

    Communication University of China

  • B. A. 2005 - 2009

    Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts

    Communication University of China


  • 2017
    Bronze Award in Vancouver EduHacks (Top 3%)
    EduHacks is a 24-hour hackathon where talented students will be invited to form teams based on mutual interest, with the goal of integrating technology into the design of exceptional learning experiences. The Block Talks (A tangible and AR reading toolkit for children) presented by Uddipanan Baishya, Min Fan, Shubhra Sarker, Elgin-Skye Maclaren and Amal Vincent won the Bronze Award among 100+ projects.
  • 2017
    Honorable Mention Award of Paper in CHI'17 (Top 5%)
    The paper “Why Tangibility Matters: A Design Case Study of At-Risk Children Learning to Read and Spell”, has been awarded an Honorable Mention award, which means that it is ranked among the top 5% of all submissions to the SIGCHI 2017 conference. The conference received over 2400 submissions and 97 were chosen for Honorable Mention (24 were chosen for Best Paper.) This designation will be included in the program and a paper award for all authors will be made available at the conference in Denver.
  • 2017 Spring
    Graduate Fellowships
    The Graduate Fellowship (GF) is a one-term award normally valued at $6,500. Eligible students must have a minimum first-class (3.50) cumulative grade point average. Awards are made by the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the recommendations of the Departmental Graduate Program Committee.
  • 2016 Spring
    President's PhD Scholarship
    The President’s PhD Scholarship (PS) rewards PhD students who have made excellent progress in their degree, and who have demonstrated academic excellence, substantial scholarly output and leadership early in their PhD program relative to their peers.
  • 2013 - 2017
    Travel and Minor Research Award
    Travel and Minor Research Awards are primarily intended to support the travel component of the scholarly activity of graduate students related to their research.
  • 2012
    Dianne Sinclair Memorial Fellowship
    Dr. Yosef Wosk, a supporter of the Master of Digital Media Program, established this fellowship in 2009 in memory of Dianne Sinclair. Awarded to the most outstanding female student entering the MDM Program, the recipient is given a non-renewable $1,000 annual fellowship based on her academic standing and demonstrated talent through her sample of work submitted during the application process.
  • 2012 - 2016
    China Scholarship Council

    Simon Fraser University is honoured to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) which will provide joint funding for students pursuing graduate studies at the Doctoral (PhD) level.
  • 2009
    Outstanding Graduate of Communication University of China (CUC)
  • 2009
    Merit Student of CUC
  • 2007 - 2008
    China National Scholarship
    The scholarship is awarded to 45,000 students annually, of whom 10,000 top award winners will each have 6,000 yuan (US$725) each year,and the other 35,000 will have 4,000 yuan (US$483).
  • 2007-2008
    1st Scholarship of CUC
  • 2006
    Single-curriculum Scholarship of CUC
  • 2006-2009
    Excellent Student Lead of CUC
  • 2008
    Excellent President of Student Union of CUC
  • 2008
    Excellent Team Lead in the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
    It Rewards the excellent team leads in the sport presentation team in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
  • 2008-2009
    Outstanding Student Team Lead in `{`ANIWOW!`}` International Conference
    `{`ANIWOW!`}` China (Beijing) -International Student Animation Festival
  • 2008
    Excellent Video Editor and Director in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
    Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
  • 2009
    Best Documentary Award: Dancing in Olympic
    The 4th Beijing Student Video Competition
  • 2009
    The 3rd Documentary: Dancing in Olympic
    Panasonic Professional HD Video Competition
  • 2008
    Best Student Video Nomination: Non-profit Advertisement of Hepatitis B
    `{`ANIWOW! 2008`}` The 3rd China (Beijing) International Student Animation Festival