Ruican Zhong

Ruican Zhong

HCDE PhD Student and Researcher

University of Washington, Seattle


I am a 3rd year HCDE (Human-Centered Design and Engineering) PhD student at the University of Washington, advised by David McDonald and Gary Hsieh. I have 4+ years of experience in mixed-method end-to-end HCI research and design. (UX Research Portfolio)

My research interest is in designing and evaluating interactive machine learning systems from a user perspective. I am particularly excited about designing and implementing AI-driven systems that can facilitate online interaction and collaboration, focusing on understanding the role that AI systems play in such interactions. Recently, I am working on the design and development of LLM-driven interactive systems for UX designers.

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
  • Human-AI Interaction
  • Interactive Systems


  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science | Minor in Mathematics

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Sep 2017 - May 2021