Welcome to my site. I am a third year Ph.D student in Computer Science with focus in Human-Computer Interaction at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am co-advised by Prof. Wai-Tat Fu and Prof. Hari Sundaram.

Prior my Ph.D journey, I completed my B.S. in Psychology and Statistics & Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I did my undergraduate thesis with Prof. Dov Cohen about the effect of grammatically gendered language on investors’ financial decision.

as a Ph.D student in HCI

My research interest in Human-Computer Interaction lies at the intersection of human decision-making, learning, and social computing. The direction of my current research is focused on using technology to persuade people with beneficial behaviors, such as active learning and healthy lifestyle, that benefit themselves and the larger group as a whole.


Office Location:

4103 Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science. 201 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801


zxiao5 at illinois dot edu

where I am now

I am spending my summer as a research intern at Juji. Inc. in the bay area.