I'm Cyn Liu, a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE). I'm a member of the Cultural Research in Technology (CRIT) group co-advised by Jeffrey Bardzell and Shaowen Bardzell. My research focuses on sustainable HCI and human-nature interaction to address challenges associated with climate change. Specifically, I investigate collaborative making, experimental farming, and environmental sensing— all standing in the intersection of human activity, computing, and the biosphere.
I combine qualitative social science methods (e.g., ethnography, interview, observation, diary studies) and arts-and-design inquiry methodologies (e.g., research through design, cultural probe, experience prototyping) to better understand nontraditional shareholders (e.g., plants, animals, disabled or marginalized individuals) and deliver applications to support unconventional use scenarios (e.g., technology in crafting and farming practices). My work promotes sustainability, inclusivity, diversity, creativity, and intimacy in, with, and through design.
I hold a M.S. in Informatics from Indiana University and a M.A./B.A. in Product Design from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. My previous industry research experiences include Microsoft Research and Asus Design Center. I have published my research in top HCI conferences 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 seasoned design researcher and an award-winning product designer, I translate ambiguous research questions to actionable design strategies.