Szu-Yu (Cyn) Liu, Ph.D.
Design Researcher / Human-Computer Interaction Researcher
I am an NSF Computing Innovation Fellow and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine mentored by Paul Dourish. My work engages with the sociotechnical dimensions of technology to focus on areas including environmental justice, community participation, data feminism, and urban informatics. Methodologically, I take a cross-disciplinary approach combining social science methods (e.g., ethnography, interview, contextual inquiry, survey), arts-and-design approaches (e.g., research through design, material probe, co-design), and humanistic methods (e.g., design criticism, close reading).
I hold a Ph.D. and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from Indiana University as well as an M.Des. and B.Des. in Product Design from Taiwan Tech. Previously, I have worked at Snap Research, Microsoft Research, and Asus Design Center; I have published my work at 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.