I am Owen Xingjian Zhang, a senior undergrad student studying CS & Math in University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Currently, I am interested in Social Computing and Human Computer Interaction(HCI), working under the supervision of Prof. Karrie Karahalios at Social Space Lab, Prof. Brian Bailey at Orchid Lab, and Prof. Andrés Monroy-Hernández at Princeton HCI. Before coming to US, I studied in The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univeristy and I was born in Guiyang, China.
I am primarily curious about how social technologies form people’s persona and shape their behaviors, how they can enhance the representation of minorities, and how they can improve teamwork efficiency. Specifically, I am interested in
- Studying people’s behavior as they experience different online social signals
- Implementing tools and proposing suggestions to enhance the representation of minorities
- Investigating ways to improve work efficiency and transform the future of work.
Currently, I am searching for HCI PhD positions 2023 Fall.
About my name
Most of people call me Owen, but I would like to introduce my Chinese name: 行健(Xingjian). It means the strong and robust movement as a requirement for gentlemen, which comes from a quote in I Ching, a 3000-year-old ancient Chinese divination. Example: The full sentence: