University of Michigan, School of Information
Hi, I’m Zihan, a second-year Ph.D. student at UMSI, and my research interest is at the intersection of educational technology and HCI. My current research focus is scalable personalized scaffolding to introductory Computer Science learners. I am co-advised by professor Barbara Ericson and professor Christopher Brooks.
Prior to entering UMSI, I received my B.E. at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University. I also received a B.S. in Psychology as a second major. I have a mixed theoretical background in HCI, Psychology, and learning science.
I am experienced in web development (both frontend and backend), and I am comfortable with android development and building machine learning models. I am a fast tech learner and am always happy to try out new frameworks and tools, whichever are the most suitable for my current research.
In terms of research methods, I prefer a mixed-methods approach which combines qualitative methods including participant interviews and observations, and quantitative research methods with scaled user testing.