About me

  • I am currently a transitional master student in HCI Lab, School of Computer Science in University of Waterloo. I am in Teachable Robot Lab working with Prof. Edith Law (CS), and collaborate with the Cognitive Development Lab directed by Prof. Elizabeth Nilsen (Psychology), where I study how kids perceive teachable humanoid robots and learn from teaching them.
  • I graduated from the School of Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University, where I majored in Educational Technology and Applied Learning Sciences (METALS) at Human-Computer Interaction Institute.
  • During my time in CMU, I was advised by Prof. Carolyn Rose from Langauge Technology Institute (LTI), Prof. Vincent Aleven from HCII, and Prof. Joseph Jay Williams from Computer Science department, University of Toronto. I also worked closely with the amazing Ph.D. students and post-docs in CMU HCII and LTI, including Ken Holstein, Xu Wang, Tomoshiro Nagashima and Shiyan Jiang.
  • I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Beijing Normal University in English language literature, focusing on language education. I taught or interned in various public schools and private institutions, including Beijing 101 High School, Meitan Qiushi High School, Knovva Academy, and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

Research Area

My research interests lie at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Learning Science and Artificial Intelligence.

My past work focuses on learning sciences and technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) in education, intelligent tutoring systems (ITS), language technology and educational robots. I am passionate about supporting students to learn more effectively and educators to work more efficiently.

I am also interested in social computing and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), including crowdsourcing, learnersourcing, and a broad range of HCI topics that seek to support people’s emotional and physical well-being.

News and Travel

[Nov.10th, 2019 ] I am excited to learn that Enlighten Dashboard, product of our 7-month capstone project, will be released in the back-to-school semester in 2020 by Renaissance Learning Inc (RL), potentially reaching more than one third of U.S. schools!

[Apr.16th - 18th, 2020] I was selected to join the 2020 CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women in New Orleans, LA.

[Nov.8th, 2019] I attended the CAN-CWIC (Canadian Women in Computing) conference in Toronto.

[Sep.3rd, 2019] I joined the HCI Lab in University of Waterloo, working with Prof. Edith Law.

[Aug 13, 2019 ] I finished capstone and officially graduated Carnegie Mellon University, HCII. View my [transcript].

[June 2-7,2019] I attended the NAACL-HLT 2019 to present our paper on automatic structural feedback at DISRPT workshop. [Paper][Slides]

[March 28,2019] Our paper “Applying Rhetorical Structure Theory to Student Essays for Providing Automated Writing Feedback” was accepted to NAACL-HLT 2019 DISRPT workshop.