Zhixuan (Kyrie) Zhou ε‘¨η¨šη’‡

3rd-year PhD Student @ UIUC iSchool

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About Me

I'm a PhD student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (my "official" webpage). My advisor is Dr. Yang Wang. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Hongyi Honor College at Wuhan University, China, advised by Dr. Chenliang Li and Dr. Yanjiao Chen.

Previously, I was a visiting researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, advised by Dr. Justin Hsu, Fudan University, advised by Dr. Xianghua (Sharon) Ding, Westlake University, advised by Dr. Yue Zhang, and the University of Maryland-College Park, advised by Dr. Furong Huang. I was a research intern at Tencent, Bytedance and Zall Research Institute of Smart Commerce.

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly in human-computer interaction (HCI) and usable security. I combine quantitative (i.e., text mining, survey) and qualitative (i.e., interview, qualitative content analysis) methods to approach gender issues (e.g., stereotypes) and AI ethics issues (e.g., fake news). I've also conducted extensive user research to understand emerging sociotechnical systems, especially social/streaming media and blockchain/Web3.

Drop me a line if you are also interested in gender/AI ethics/social media/blockchain research!

I'm avtively looking for a research internship for Summer 2023!


  • [01/2023] Our HICSS paper wins a best paper award πŸ† (11/678, 1.6%)! Shout out to my great collaborator, Mengyi Wei from Technical University of Munich!
  • [12/2022] One paper accepted to HCI International! See you in Copenhagen!
  • [12/2022] I'll be an associate chair (AC) for CHI late-breaking work. Submit your best papers!
  • [11/2022] One paper accepted to iConference! See you in Barcelona!
  • [11/2022] I'll give a talk at Duke Kunshan University. Follow along here!
  • [09/2022] One paper accepted to CESC! See you in Berkeley!
  • [08/2022] One paper accepted and one paper conditionally accepted to HICSS! See you in Hawaii!
  • [08/2022] I'll be TAing IS 202: Social Aspects of Information Technology for the fall semester!
  • [07/2022] I'm giving a talk in Researching Web3 Workshop. Follow along here!
  • [06/2022] One paper conditionally accepted to S&P! See you in San Francisco!
  • [04/2022] One paper accepted to AHFE! See you in New York!
  • [10/2021] One poster accepted to UIUC iSchool Research Showcase!
  • [08/2021] One paper accepted to HICSS! See you in Hawaii!
  • [11/2020] I receive an Irwin Fellowship!
  • [08/2020] I receive a Sharp Katharine Fellowship!
  • [08/2020] I will remotely start my doctoal study at UIUC this fall!
  • [06/2020] My undergraduate thesis on attacking rumor detectors wins Excellent Thesis Award!
  • [05/2020] I'm nominated by Hongyi Honor College (2 out of 1128, 0.18%) to run for Top 10 Students of Wuhan University (εε€§ηžηˆι£ŽδΊ‘ε­¦ε­).
  • [04/2020] I'm an Outstanding Graduate of Hongyi Honor College (24 out of 121, 20%).
  • [02/2020] I've decided to pursue my PhD degree in the iSchool of UIUC, and will spend the next 5 wonderful years in Champaign. Go Illini!
  • [09/2019] One poster accepted to WiML Workshop! See you in Vancouver!
  • [05/2019] One paper accepted to SmartCity! See you in Zhangjiajie!
  • [12/2018] One paper accepted to ICAART! See you in Prague!

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