Current Students

Yuwen Lu (Fall 2021 - Present)
Ph.D. Student at Notre Dame
Zheng Ning (Fall 2021 - Present)
Ph.D. Student at Notre Dame
Victor Cox (Fall 2021 - Present)
Undergraduate Researcher at Notre Dame
Zheng Zhang (Fall 2021 - Present)
Visiting Ph.D. Student at Notre Dame
Simret Araya (Spring 2022 - Present)
Ph.D. Student at Notre Dame

Past Students

Graduate Students Mentored Prior to Notre Dame

Jingya Chen (Summer 2019 - Fall 2020)
Master Student at CMU ETC
First job, UX Designer at MIT
Now UX Designer at Microsoft Research

Undergraduate Students Mentored Prior to Notre Dame

Tiffany Cai (Spring 2017)
CMU Independent Study
Now at Google X
Jeremy Wei (Spring 2017)
CMU Independent Study
Now at Flatiron Health
Xiaohan Nancy Li (Fall 2017)
CMU Independent Study
Now at Microsoft
Wenze Shi (Spring 2018)
CMU Independent Study
Now at Facebook
Wanling Ding (Spring 2018)
CMU Independent Study
Now at Shopee
Marissa Radensky (Summer 2018)
Amherst College, Summer REU Intern at CMU
Now Ph.D. Student at the University of Washington
Justin Jia (Spring 2019)
CMU Independent Study
Kirielle Singarajah (Spring 2019)
CMU Independent Study
Now Graduate Student at CMU
Brandon Canfield (Summer 2019)
Yale University, Summer REU Intern at CMU
William Timkey (Summer 2019)
Cornell University, Summer REU Intern at CMU
Lindsay Popowski (Summer 2020)
Harvey Mudd College, Summer REU Intern at CMU
Now Ph.D. Student at Stanford University
🏆 CRA 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award
Vanessa Hu (Summer 2020)
Harvard University, Summer REU Intern at CMU

Student Recruitment

I’m actively recruiting students excited about working at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), End-User Software Engineering, Machine Learning (ML), and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to join me in addressing the societal challenges in the future of work through a bottom-up human-AI collaborative approach that helps individual workers automate and augment their tasks with AI systems.

You may find more about my research in my research statement.

Prospective Ph.D. Students

I have several Ph.D. positions in Computer Science at the University of Notre Dame starting Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. Strong candidates should have be self-motivated, passionate about research, interested in the human aspects of AI (in addition to the technical aspects), and have strong programming skills. Ph.D. students at Notre Dame are typically fully funded with full tuition, health insurance, travel funding opportunities, and a generous stipend. You may learn more about the program here.

Candidates with ANY of the following qualifications would be particularly encouraged: (1) prior experience in designing, implementing, and studying interactive systems; (2) knowledge in machine learning and natural language processing; (3) skills in developing AR/VR applications; (3) prior experience in software engineering (SE) or programming language (PL) research; (4) interdisciplinary research backgrounds (design, psychology, social science etc.)

Interested individuals may contact me with the following information: (1) your CV; (2) a copy of your transcripts; (3) a brief description of your background and research interests; and (4) representative publications or writing samples (course papers are okay) if available. The subject of the email should start with “[PROSPECTIVE-PHD]”. I will reach out if your background seems like a potential good fit.

Undergraduate Students at Notre Dame

I am excited to work with undergraduate students who are interested in my research. Many undergraduate researchers who worked with me became co-authors on my papers, and a lot of them are now at top graduate schools (e.g., Stanford, University of Washington, CMU, Cambridge) and industry companies (e.g., Google, Facebook, Microsoft). Projects are often available for students with backgrounds or interests in software development, machine learning, natural language processing, data science, UX research, OR UX design.

Interested individuals may contact me with the following information: (1) your CV; (2) a copy of your transcripts; (3) a brief description of your background and research interests. The subject of the email should start with “[PROSPECTIVE-NDUG]”. We can then find a time to meet to discuss potential projects.

Visiting Students and Scholars

I might be able to host visiting students (undergraduate or graduate) and scholars at times depending on research interests, project needs, and funding situations.

Interested individuals may contact me with the following information: (1) your CV; (2) a copy of your transcripts (if student); (3) a brief description of your background and research interests; and (4) representative publications or writing samples (course papers are okay) if available. The subject of the email should start with “[PROSPECTIVE-VISITOR]”. I will reach out if your background seems like a potential good fit.

About Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame Campus

Logo of the University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842, is a premier private research university located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Notre Dame has been consistently recognized as one of the top universities in the United States (Ranked #19 in the 2021 US News ranking, #18 in the 2019 Forbes ranking). As of 2019, its $13.8 billion endowment is one of the largest of any U.S. university. The university’s approximately 134,000 alumni constitute one of the strongest college alumni networks in the country. The university’s athletic teams are members of the NCAA Division I and are known collectively as the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame is known for its football team, which contributed to its rise to prominence on the national stage in the early 20th century.

The University of Notre Dame is in the South Bend metropolitan area, which offers affordable living costs. South Bend is only 1.5 hours away from Chicago, the 3rd biggest city in the United States, and has been recently named as one of 2020 America’s best small cities.