Ruijia Cheng

"Regina" 程瑞加

HCI Researcher

Hi, I'm Regina! I'm a PhD candidate in the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) department at University of Washington (UW), advised by Dr. Benjamin Mako Hill and Dr. Jennifer Turns and also closely working with Dr. Sayamindu Dasgupta. I am part of the Community Data Science Collective research group. Before joining UW, I was a member of the Design Lab at University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

My research is centered on this overarching question: how can we support novices to work on open-ended creative projects (e.g., data exploration) by leveraging online community and AI? I conduct mixed-method and design research to approach this question: I do interviews and online ethnography to understand novices' practices and challenges when learning in online communities and how can AI help in the process; I use machine learning and computational methods on large-scale datasets to test qualitative insights and theories; I also develop prototypes to test solutions and probe for users' needs. More generally, I’m interested in topics about data literacies, end-user data science, creativity support, and human-AI collaboration.

I'm actively looking for a summer 2022 research internship in HCI! Topics that I'm particularly excited about include but are not limited to: data science support, human-AI collaboration, learning & creativity support, future of work, and online commmunity. Please contact me if you know a relevant position!

During my free time, I enjoy creating digital fanarts and, most recently, 3D models. I also like reading, cooking, hiking, practicing martial arts, watching figure skating, and researching the evolution and history of languages around the world, especially the Wu variety of Chinese (or rather, its own language, but that's a longer conversation).



My paper with Dr. Benjamin Mako Hill and Dr. Sayamindu Dasgupta titled "How Interest-Driven Content Creation Constrains Opportunities for Informal Learning: A Case Study on Novices’ Use of Data Structures in Scratch" has been conditionally accepted by the 2022 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'22)!


Super excited to start my fall internship at Dataminr as a PhD research intern in HCI/AI! I will be working on a project about human-AI collaboration in NLP with Dr. Alison Renner, Dr. Ke Zhang, and many other awesome researchers. Come back for more updates!


Organized the "Imagining Future Design of Tools for Youth Data Literacies" workshop in the 2021 Connected Learning Summit! Check out this blog post for a full documentation of what we did during the event and our takeaways!


This spring, I had the honor to work as a intern with Dr. Jonathan Grudin at Microsoft to explore novel user scenarios for a new K-12 online search technology!


Received a Master of Science degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering!


Passed general exams! My general exams focus on online community-based informal learning, design-based research, constructionism, and data literacy. Now I am a PhD candidate!