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 advisors are Dr. Madelyn Sanfilippo and Dr. Ted Underwood.
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 AI ethics/governance. I'm particularly passinate about understanding gender bias in AI (e.g., ChatGPT) and other corpora (e.g., fairy tales), as well as developing education games and tools to equip people with awareness. I've also conducted extensive user research to understand emerging sociotechnical systems, especially social/streaming media and blockchain/Web3.


  • [05/2023] One paper conditionally accepted to SOUPS! See you in Anaheim!
  • [05/2023] One paper conditionally accepted to USENIX Security! See you in Anaheim!
  • [04/2023] One paper accepted to FiDeFix Workshop co-located with ICDCS! See you in Hong Kong!
  • [04/2023] One paper accepted to IC2S2! See you in Copenhagen!
  • [03/2023] One paper conditionally accepted to CSCW! See you in Minneapolis!
  • [01/2023] Our HICSS paper wins a best paper award πŸ† (11/678, 1.6%)!
  • [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'll give 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 co-located with NeurIPS! 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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