To inquiry about potential advising/collaboration opportunities, please read the text below. Although I may not reply to all the emails, I will certainly read them. But if you send me an email without reading the text, you are not likely to receive my reply.
While prior experience of working with me is not required, it's preferred if you start with a small project under my supervision.
This helps us get to know about each other and decide whether we want to keep working together in the long run.
So, I encourage you to contact me at least 6 months before application with the following information:
1. Skim the publications list to see what I work on. Find some papers that look interesting, read their abstracts, and pick one to read it through. If you're still interested, send me an email with your CV and briefly explain what you learned from that paper (use your own words - don't just simply summarize the paper). Title that email "HCI PhD Applicant - [Your Name]," and we can start a conversation from there.
2. To help me better understand your skillsets, please share a project that you're proud of in any forms, such as a code sample, a prototype, an essay, or a video presentation (it can be a collaborative project - just be clear about your contributions). Typically, my research involves developing computing systems, which requires programming skills, but I'm also happy to work with students from diverse backgrounds to conduct interdisplinary research.
3. You should meet the mininal English requirement to enter the Ph.D. program at CityU (TOEFL>=79, IELTS >=6.5, or CET-6 >=490) and demonstrate your English proficiency in speaking/writing during our meeting and in your materials. In addition, your average GPA Score should >=85/100 or 3.5/4.0.
Based on your interests and skillsets, I will invite you to join one of my existing projects. Of course, you're welcome to bring up your own ideas. All the Ph.D. applicants must complete the formal application procedure at CityU. While RAShip is available, I highly encourage you to check out the scholarship opportunities: Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship and CityU Presidential Ph.D. Scholarship.
I'm looking for RAs / student helpers to support research-related activities.
Salary level varies depending on the candidates' background and skillsets.
The positions are also available to those who are thinking of applying for Ph.D.
Please send me an email with your CV and portfolio if you have ONE of the following experience
(candidates with backrgounds in health-related areas are preferred):
- Mobile / web development using state-of-the-art frameworks (e.g, Node.js)
- Fine-tuning large language models (e.g., Bert, GPT, T5) or employing dialogue planning tools (e.g., IBM Waston, Google Dialogueflow)
- Developing applications with embedded sensors (e.g., motion / proximity sensor)
- Conducting human subjects research (e.g., user interviews, observations, surveys, usability testing)
- Quantitative (e.g., statistics) or qualitative (e.g., thematic analysis) data analysis
Currently, I have limited capacities to work with students who are not Ph.D. or RAs.
Priorities will be given to CityU CS students who are interested in doing thesis projects with me.
If you are interested, please email me your CV with answers to the following questions, so that we can come up with a feasible plan:
- What kinds of support do you need from me (e.g., undergrad/master thesis advisor, just want to learn about HCI research)?
- Why are you interested in HCI?
- What are your current skillsets (e.g., design, programming, data analysis)?
- What skills do you hope to learn about?
- How much time can you commit to research each week? (please be honest)
City University of Hong Kong is a public research university located at the heart of Kowloon, Hong Kong. As a young university established in 1994, CityU has been recognized as one of the leading universities in Asia (QS ranking #20 in 2022). The department of computer science has BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. programs, and offers a variety of courses and research opportunities. More information can be found here.