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 helps translate AI's algorithmic advances into valuable real-world applications that serve human ends. I have so far designed several high-consequence AI applications: from decision support systems for life-and-death healthcare decisions (i.e. artificial heart implants and cancer diagnoses) to context-aware mobile services, from Natural Language Generation systems to autonomous cars. Building upon this related vein of practice, I work to inform a basic understanding of AI as a material for HCI design. In addition, I innovate methods and tools for the UX design and HCI practicing communities, helping them to better integrate AI into their day-to-day practices. You can find my CV here, and my research publications on Google Scholar

I received my Ph.D. in HCI from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, where I am advised by Prof. John Zimmerman and Prof. Aaron Steinfeld. 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 Master of Design and Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Design from Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Cornell Students interested in joining our research group: I am always looking for the right students to join my research projects on human-centered machine learning/AI. You can learn more about our ongoing projects and email/book me here.

I advise/co-advise students in both Cornell's Information Science and Computer Science Ph.D. programs. 
I will be recruiting 1-2 self-motivated Ph.D. students and postdocs in the upcoming application cycle. If you are interested in joining us and advancing machine learning/human-AI interaction design, please mention my name in your application and reach out -- I would love to have a chat!​​​​​​​

email: qy242 at cornell dot edu
Thank you!
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