Ruican Zhong

Ruican Zhong

HCDE PhD Student and Researcher

University of Washington, Seattle



I am a 2nd year HCDE (Human-Centered Design and Engineering) PhD student at the University of Washington. My research interest is to understand and evaluate machine learning systems from a user perspective. I am especially excited about designing AI-driven systems that can facilitate people’s collaborations in online communities, focusing on understanding the role that AI systems play in such interactions. I am currently working with David McDonald and Gary Hsieh. I am also collaborating with Amy X. Zhang and Franziska Roesner on the ARTT project, designing technology that can help people respond to misinformation online.

Previously, I have conducted HCI research at GT SPUD (Security, Privacy, Usability and Design) Lab under the supervision of Dr. Sauvik Das during my undergrad. I have also interned at Berkeley SETI Research Center, building ML-based pipelines in astrophysics under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Siemon and Dr. Steve Croft.


  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Behavior Change
  • Responsible AI
  • Information Systems
  • Ubiquitous Computing


  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science | Minor in Mathematics

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Sep 2017 - May 2021