Hi there, this is Qian. I am an assistant professor at Cornell CIS (Computing and Information Science) and human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher.

My research focuses on artificial intelligence (machine learning, NLP, computer vision) as a material for user experience (UX) design. I most often take a Research through Design approach, i.e. I investigate how to design human-AI interaction in  the process of designing it.  My team has  designed a range of high-consequence AI applications: from decision support systems for life-and-death healthcare decisions (e.g. artificial heart implant recipient selection, cancer diagnoses), to text generation as writing assistants, to voice-based AI systems for blind users, to autonomous cars. Building upon this related vein of practice, we work to provide novel conceptual tools, methodologies, and tools for design human-centered AI applications.

I advise/co-advise students in both Cornell's Information Science and Computer Science Ph.D. programs. 

I received my Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, where I am advised by Prof. John Zimmerman (HCI) and Prof. Aaron Steinfeld (Robotics). Before CMU, I worked in design consultancy and in the industry (2007-2014). I hold Master of HCI from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as M.Design and B.Eng in Industrial Design from Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Postdoc hiring -- In the upcoming application cycle, I will be recruiting 1 self-motivated postdoc who is committed to issues at the intersection of data-driven learning algorithms/models, human understanding, and user experience design. If you think our research interests align, feel free to reach out.

Cornell undergraduates interested in joining our research group -- I am always looking for the right students to join my ongoing research projects. You can learn more about these projects and email/book me here.

email: qy242 at cornell dot edu
Thank you!
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