I am a Ph.D student in Computer Science with focus in Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence 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 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Dov Cohen advised my undergraduate thesis regarding the effect of grammatically gendered language on investors’ financial decision.

as a Ph.D student in Computer Science

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.

as a darkroom technician

I am a darkroom technician at Urbana Museum of Photography. I use photography as a means to document the world around me and communicate my feelings. Analog photography allows me to express through diverse media. Updates about my projects, and thoughts are in Remain in Light

get in touch

You can always reach me via zxiao5 at illinois dot edu


Los Angeles, CA for IUI 19Mar 16-21, 2019
New York for CSCW 18Nov 3-7, 2018
Tokyo, Japan for IUI 18Mar 7-11, 2018
Columbus, OH for ASEE 17May 6-11, 2017
Denver, CO for CHI 17May 6-11, 2017
Baltimore, MD for SRA 16Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2016