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Qian Yang
Assistant Professor
Information Science, Computer Science field member
Cornell University
Hi there! I am Qian. I am a  Human-Computer Interaction designer/researcher. My expertise lies in designing large-scale human-centered systems at the AI frontierI study emergent AI capabilities, the new design opportunities they offer to people and societies, as well as methods to tame their unintended consequences in the messy real world. Most often I investigate these questions in the process of designing real-world human-AI interactions; an approach called Research through Design.  My team designs a wide range of AI things: from clinical decision support systems (risk modeling, computer vision for medical imaging, biomedical NLP) to human collaborative writing with large language models, from universally accessible conversational agents to culturally adaptive autonomous cars. 
Pronounce my first name: Chee-an.
I mentor students both in Information Science and Computer Science.  My team's work has been supported by the NSF, The President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW), Cornell Institute for Digital AgricultureCornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS), as well as Microsoft Azure.
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 pride myself on the diversity of my academic interests, reflected in my degrees: I hold an M.S. in HCI from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.A in Design, a B.Eng in Industrial Design, and a B.BS in Business Administration from Shanghai Jiaotong University. 
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