Szu-Yu (Cyn) Liu, Ph.D.
Design Researcher / HCI Researcher
I am an NSF Computing Innovation Fellow and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, working with Paul Dourish. My research engages with underserved communities and focuses on democratizing technology to support civic participation and environmental justice— regardless of whether the stakeholders involved are humans or nonhumans (e.g., animals, plants, microorganisms).
As a designer-turned-social-scientist, I take an interdisciplinary approach combining methods from social science, arts-and-design, and the humanities to turn large-scale and ambiguous questions into actionable design implications.
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.