Szu-Yu (Cyn) Liu
HCI / Design Researcher | PhD in Human-Computer Interaction | M.S., M.Des.
PhD candidate in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; I'm a member of the Cultural Research in Technology (CRIT) group co-advised by Jeffrey Bardzell and Shaowen Bardzell. My work engages with the sociotechnical dimensions of design to promote participation, justice, inclusion, and accessibility. My primary research focuses include sustainable interaction design, research through design, civic participation, smart cities, and the Internet of Things.
I leverage my experience as an award-winning product designer to provide creative solutions that tackle ambiguous sociotechnical problems. With a hybrid background in user research and product design, I use design both as a tool of inquiry and a medium of intervention. Methodologically, I take a cross-disciplinary approach combining social science methods (e.g., ethnography, interview, contextual inquiry, survey), arts-and-design methodologies (e.g., co-design, cultural probe, experience prototyping) and humanistic methods (e.g., close reading).
I also hold an M.S. in HCI (Informatics) and an M.Des./B.Des. in Product Design. My industry research experience includes Snap Research, Microsoft Research, and Asus Design Center. My research has been published at top HCI venues such as CHI, CSCW, DIS, TEI, and LIMITS; my designs have received international design awards such as Good Design and iF Concept Award.
As a design researcher, I utilize design as a tool of inquiry to tackle challenging societal problems, including climate change, social injustice, public health, urban connectivity, and accessibility.