About me

Zheng Zhang is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. His advisor is Dr. Toby Jia-Jun Li. Before joining ND, he received two M.S degrees in Computer Science from the University of Rochester and the University of Minnesota, where he was advised by Dr. Zhen Bai and Dr. Haiyi Zhu respectively. He received B.Eng in Software Engineering from Shaanxi Normal University.

Zheng’s work falls in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Program Synthesis, Natural Language Processing, and Computer Vision, where he uses human-centered methods to design, build, and evaluate human-AI collaborative systems to strengthen the efficiency, trustworthiness, explanability, and accuracy of different phases in the AI model development and deployment, ranging from data annotation to model’s decision making. Besides, he is also passionate about leveraging the state-of-the-art AI techniques to benefit a variety of human needs and optimizing user experience accordingly.

News

  • [2021-11-09] I attend PLATEAU workshop on PL+HCI at CMU
  • [2021-10-27] I will continue Ph.D. study at the University of Notre Dame. Go Fighting Irish!
  • [2021-10-23] I attend and present our StoryBuddy work at CUI@CSCW workshop
  • [2021-10-10] I virtually attend UIST 2021
  • [2021-08-31] I get another M.S degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester!
  • [2020-11-16] I virtually attend EMNLP 2020
  • [2020-02-07] I serve as student volunteer at AAAI 2020
  • [2019-08-24] I start my Ph.D. study at URCS!
  • [2019-05-26] I get M.S degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota!

Recent Publications

[Full List] [Google Scholar]

Peer-reviewed Conference Paper

  • PEANUT: An Intelligent Human-AI Collaborative Tool for Annotating Audio-Visual Data
    Zheng Zhang, Yapeng Tian, Zheng Ning, Chenliang Xu, Toby Jia-Jun Li
    In submission to 27th ACM Annual Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI’22)

  • StoryBuddy: A Human-AI Collaborative Chatbot for Parent-Child Interactive Storytelling with Flexible Parent Involvement
    Zheng Zhang, Ying Xu, Yanhao Wang, Bingsheng Yao, Daniel Ritchie, Tongshuang Wu, Mo Yu, Dakuo Wang, Toby Jia-Jun Li
    Revise and resubmit to the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’22)

  • Race, Gender and Beauty: The Effect of Information Provision Affects Online Hiring Biases
    Weiwen Leung*, Zheng Zhang*, Daviti Jibuti, Jinhao Zhao, Maximilian A Klein, Casey Pierce, Lionel Robert, Haiyi Zhu (* equal contribution)
    Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20)
    [Paper PDF]

  • Explaining Decision-Making Algorithms through UI: Strategies to Help Non-Expert Stakeholders
    Hao Fei Cheng, Ruotong Wang, Zheng Zhang, Fiona O’Connell, Terrance Gray, Max Harper, Haiyi Zhu
    Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’19)
    [Paper PDF] [Talk Video]

Posters, Extended Abstracts, and Workshop Papers

  • An Interactive Story Understanding System with Automated Common Sense Reasoning
    Zheng Zhang, Hecong Wang, Richie Magnotti, Zhen Bai
    CHI’21 Late Breaking Work
    [Paper PDF]

  • Building An Interactive Storytelling Conversational Agent through Parent-AI Collaboration
    Zheng Zhang, Ying Xu, Yanhao Wang, Bingsheng Yao, Daniel Ritchie, Tongshuang Wu, Mo Yu, Dakuo Wang, Toby Jia-Jun Li
    CUI@CSCW 2021 Workshop: Inclusive and Collaborative Child-facing Voice Technologies [Paper PDF]