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Hello, I’m Shengzhi

I am 4th year PhD student studying Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington advised by Professor Beth Kolko and Professor Sean Munson. I am currently part of the Intentional Traces Collective (ITC) and the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab (TAT Lab).

I am a human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher who studies technology design for older adults. I am interested in learning how technology influences older adults’ social connectedness and their support networks, as well as how social and familial contexts shape their technology use and adoption in return. Specifically, my research focuses on how communication technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) smart home technologies play a part in the aging experience.

I have an M.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington. I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California San Diego in 2020, where I was part of ReCODE Health and the UCSD Design Lab.

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Stefan Milne at UW News about our research on technology and its role in older adults' social networks
Received a M.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington
I have passed my PhD preliminary exam
Excited to join the HCDE department at UW as a PhD student!
Graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Computer Science
Started summer research internship at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab
Our paper, Technology to Support Aging in Place: Older Adults’ Perspectives, has been published on MDPI Healthcare