Computer Science

Computer Science Seminar: Dr. Hao-Chuan Wang

Computer Science Seminar: Dr. Hao-Chuan Wang

Host: Kwan-Liu Ma

When: Thursday, March 2nd at 3:10pm

Where: 1131 Kemper Hall

Title: Bridging Communication Gaps with Social Computing Interaction Designs of Communication Channels



Communication gaps, ranging from difficulties in expression/comprehension to lack of shared knowledge among team members, are prevalent and serious problems that people often face. Problems in communication can introduce extra cost to teams, and can impact online and offline collaboration negatively. While improving personal communication skills continues to be crucial, designing computing-driven communication channels to meet what successful communication needs can offer solutions that are potentially more cost-efficient and more scalable. In this talk, I will conceptualize how to integrate social computing and interactive system designs for dynamically shaping people’s communication behaviors toward desirable states with computing-based communication channels. I will demonstrate the approach with my recent projects that aim to support communication in a number of challenging tasks/contexts, such as creative brainstorming, cross-lingual conversation, knowledge transfer among experts and novices, and generating and understanding referential expressions in remote collaboration.



Hao-Chuan Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Information Systems and Applications at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (NTHU), since February 2012. He’s also affiliated with National Taiwan University (NTU)’s IoX Research Center as a Principal Investigator, where he collaborates with the faculty of NTU and researchers of the Intel Labs.  He received his Ph.D. in Information Science from Cornell University in 2011. Dr. Wang’s main research interest lies in the collaborative and social aspects of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). His work aims to integrate computing research and behavioral and social sciences for problem solving and value creation. Some of his recent projects include designing and evaluating human computation systems for supporting cross-lingual communication, using motion sensing to study the roles of gesture in conversation, and supporting interpersonal knowledge transfer with Internet of Things. Dr. Wang is an active participant of international and regional HCI communities, including ACM SIGCHI, CSCW and Chinese CHI. He currently serves as a member in the Steering Committees of CSCW and Chinese CHI, and is now a Subcommittee Chair for ACM CHI 2017 and 2018.

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