Mr Yongkang Xing

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A



Personal profile

Yongkang Xing is a Ph.D. student in Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media. His research areas include Extended Reality (XR) encompassing Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Augmented Reality (AR), Human-Computer Interaction, User Interface, Educational Technology, and E-commerce. Authored one academic book with a reputable publisher and published a total of 20 academic papers, including 5 indexed in SCI/SSCI, 5 abstracts in ACM/IEEE official conference.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs

  • Xie, T., Wang, X., Cifuentes-Faura, J. & Xing, Y.*. (2023). Integrating immersive experience into hybrid education: a case study in fintech experimental education. Scientific Reports, 13, 22762. 
  • Xing Y, Xie T, Shell J, et al. Investigating Undergraduate Student Experiences of NEE Courses in Guangdong, China during the COVID-19 Pandemic from 2020 to 2021[J]. Sustainability, 2023, 15(5): 4174.
  • Xing, Y., Shell, J., Fahy, C., Xie, T., Kwan, H. Y., & Xie, W. (2022). Web XR User Interface Research: Design 3D Layout Framework in Static Websites. Applied Sciences, 12(11), 5600. 
  • Wei, T., Xing, Y.*, Wu, Y., & Kwan, H. Y. (2022). Virtual Reality Design in Reading User Experience: 3D Data Visualization with Interaction in Digital Publication Figures. Scientific Programming, 2022.
  • Xing, Y., Liang, Z., Fahy, C., Shell, J., Guan, K., Liu, Y., & Zhang, Q. (2021). Virtual Reality Research: Design Virtual Education System for Epidemic (COVID-19) Knowledge to Public. Applied Sciences, 11(22), 10586.

Research interests/expertise

Interactive Design, Virtual Reality and Web Service


BA Digital Media, Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University
MA Design, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Conference attendance


  • 2024 IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & extended and Virtual Reality
  • 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality
  • 2023 ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction
  • 2022 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User InterfaceDesign User Interface Framework Implement for Web XR Experiences
  • February 2019: “Research and Analysis of the Front-end Frameworks and Libraries in E-Business Development” at the 11th International Conference on Computer and Automation Engineering

PhD project


Web User Interface Research in Mixed Reality


In order to improve the user experience of web services in XR platforms, our research aims to design a Web XR User Interface framework with XR characteristics. It is expected that different stakeholders such as users, designers/developers, web application owners and researchers will find the framework developed beneficial. The users can have an immersive experience by exploring the Web XR applications. Designers/developers can use the new interactive methodology to improve their workflow. The web application owners can use the XR trending to expand their applications’ reputation in the global market. The researchers can inspire by this study to achieve a breakthrough in the use of XR in web platforms to generate new interactive methodology in contributing to future life. Further, my research field is web front-end development (industry experiences) and XR fields. I expect that the research can combine both areas I am familiar with. I hope my research can contribute to Web development in XR platforms.

In the project, the study explores Web XR and its current circumstances. The study aims to optimize the current UI layout with XR fundamental features. The research discussed the advantages of web componentization and the Page Builder System. The study refers to these existing HTML5 technologies for designing a general and convenient UI framework. The study has generated positive outcomes in improving static websites' UI in XR platforms. In the third year of the Ph.D. study, the research moves to dynamic websites and focuses on improving the academic publication web services' UI. The research aims to transfer 2D content elements into 3D environments, including text display, article navigation, and interactive data figure visualization. The research will conduct a careful user test section with various survey methodologies. The research will complete a general framework and principles contributing to the Web XR field.

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Jethro Shell and Dr Conor Fahy