Human-Computer Interaction Panel

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Human computer interaction 

Sunday April.16 2017

4:50pm – 6:10pm

BH Giant Eagle Auditorium

Computers systems nowadays sit at the center of operating modern production and service, which poses a challenge on the way how human interact with technologies. Poor interface design leads to inefficiencies and even accidents. By advancing the interfaces between humans and computers, the study of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) that combines design study, behavioral science and computer science greatly impacts modern human life. As the top Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research center in the U.S, Carnegie Mellon University has long been reputed for its strength in computer science and design studies. The 2017 CMU Summit is pleased to include an HCI panel. As a new panel, HCI panel wishes to connect academia to industry and discuss research concepts and real-world applications of HCI.



  • Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp)
  • Natural User Interface (NUI) 
  • Social Computing
  • Collaborative System
  • User Experience Design (UX)
  • Assistive Technology


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Robert E. Kraut

Former Director of CMU HCII,Founder of the HCII Undergraduates in CMU

Robert E.Kraut is an American social psychologist who studies human-computer interaction, online communities, internet use, group coordination, computers in organizations, and the role of visual elements in interpersonal communication. His five major research areas include online communities, everyday use of the Internet, collaboration in small work groups, technology and conversation, and computers in organizations. He is the Herbert Simon director of Human-computer Interaction at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He was previously a professor at Cornell, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania.




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Imran Riaz

Head of UX in ANSYS Corporation. Founder of Midwest UX Conference.

As an innovative User Experience leader, Imran Riaz has over 12 years of experience directing the development and implementation of comprehensive, integrated UX strategy that spans interaction design, user research, and information architecture. He has built and developed multi-disciplinary UX teams to work collaboratively on groundbreaking UX, delivered forward-thinking brand strategies that set new standards in usability and user engagement, and pioneered UX best practices and thought leadership as the founder and director of professional organizations and conferences.

As a team, strategy, and industry leader, he is committed to creating a UX culture that values cutting-edge design shaped by user experience best practices.He is now the head of UX in ANSYS Corporation which is a multi-Billion-dollar software company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

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Jiawei Gu

Founder of Ling Tech

Former AI Laboratory, IDL Baidu

Former Chief Research Architect, Baidu

16th “MIT Technology Review” Innovator Under 35

Jiawei Gu,CEO of Ling Technology. The company Ling aims to create the innovative products and experiences that leverage artificial intelligence technology and natural human-robot interaction design in order to make robot "living" beings instead of machines and shape the intelligent and spiritual "Ling" lifestyle in people's daily lives.


He graduated from Tsinghua University, Prior to the Ling Technology, he managed the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) group at Baidu Research Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), and worked as researcher of Microsoft Research.

He holds 22 US invention patents and more than 120 domestic patents, and served as corporation instructor of Stanford ME310 Global New Product Design Innovation Program.

He was awarded by MIT Technology Review TR35 one of the top 35 Innovators in the world under age 35 in 2016, as well as top 30 Designers under age 30 by Forbes in 2015.

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Norman Sadeh

Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Wombat Security Technologies
Director, Mobile Commerce Lab, CMU
Lead PI, Usable Privacy Policy Project, CMU
Co-Founder, Societal Computing (formerly "COS") PhD Program, CMU
Director, MBA Track in Technology Leadership, CMU
Director, e-Supply Chain Management Lab, CMU

Norman Sadeh is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he leads two of the largest domestic research projects in privacy and cybersecurity. His work focuses in particular on Mobile and the Internet of Things. Norman is Chairman and Chief Scientist of Wombat Security Technologies, a leading provider of SaaS cybersecurity awareness and anti-phishing solutions and one of the fastest growing companies in North America. In the late nineties, he also served as Chief Scientist of the European Union’s $600M e-Work and e-Commerce program, which at the time included all pan- European research in cyber security and online privacy and related policy activities.

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Yong Zhao


CEO, Co-founder and Chief Tech Executive of DeepGlint

Dr. Yong Zhao is an entrepreneur and senior scientist on computer vision and computational photography. He received his Ph.D. degree from Computer Engineering division of Brown University. Dr. Zhao founded DeepGlint at 2013 in Beijing. Currently, he serves as founder and the chairman of the board of DeeGlint. DeepGlint is focusing on computer vision products for visual surveillance, autonomous driving, and intelligent city. At the beginning of 2016, DeepGlint founded UISEE, with Gansha Wu, who was ex-Director of Intel LabsChina; and Jiangyan, who was the driverless cars team leader of Beijing Institute of Technology. Dr. Zhao is the chairman of the board in UISEE.

Prior to DeepGlint, Dr. Zhao was a senior researcher at Google Research lab at Mountain View, CA. During his tenure at Google, he was among a few engineers who co-created project Wingman, later renamed as Google Glass. He was also one of the primary contributors to the multimedia filter framework of Android OS, as well as the design of Google’s GPU datacenter for large scale image processing tasks.  


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Ling Fan

CEO and co-founder of Tezign

Assistant Professor of HCI department, UC Berkeley

Member of Aspen Institute

Researcher at Tongji University

Designer in Residency of Harvard Innovation Lab

Ling Fan received his Doctor of Design from Harvard University. He founded, a platform-based design&creative talent solution, aiming to help businesses with their creative talents needs through data technology and machine learning. Utilizing data analysis and algorithm, Tezign has successfully helped many companies, including the Fortune 500, Internet Startups and Social Organizations with their marketing campaigns. In the year 2017, Ling Fan was awarded as Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.




Jeffery P. Bigham

Jeffrey P. Bigham is an Associate Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction and Language Technologies Institutes in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. . For his innovative research, Dr. Bigham has received a number of awards for his work, including the MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His work is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, human computation, and artificial intelligence, with a focus on developing innovative technology that serves people with disabilities in their everyday lives. Dr. Bigham received his B.S.E degree in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2003, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2009. He also has been a Visiting Researcher at MIT CSAIL and Microsoft Research