I'm Cyn Liu, a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with a background in Product Design. Currently, 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 political, cultural, and environmental dimensions of design and technology. My primary research focuses include sustainable interaction design, research through design (RtD), and urban informatics.
As a technology researcher and product designer who falls in love with ambiguous and complicated problems, I utilize design both as a tool of inquiry and a medium of intervention to find creative applications to novel technologies. Methodologically, I take a cross-disciplinary approach combining qualitative social science methods (e.g., ethnography, interview, observation, diary studies), arts-and-design inquiry methodologies (e.g., research through design, cultural probe, experience prototyping) and methods from the humanities (e.g., criticism and close reading). My goal is to promote participation and justice through technology and design.
I hold a M.S. in HCI (Informatics) and a M.Des./B.Des. in Product Design. My previous industry research experiences include Snap Research, Microsoft Research, and Asus Design Center. I have published my research work in 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.