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 frontier. I 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 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.