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Alyssa Hwang

PhD Student (Started Fall 2020)

Computer and Information Science University of Pennsylvania


I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) at the University of Pennsylvania, where I work with Professors Andrew Head and Chris Callison-Burch on Human-AI Interaction. I develop AI interfaces that help users interact with complex information, especially audio-first interfaces like voice assistants. I also design human-centered annotation tasks to evaluate the models behind the interfaces.

Beyond research, I am a chair of the CIS Doctoral Association and the founder of our department's Mentorship Program. I also care a lot about outreach programs, like the Diversity and Equity Initiative in the Mind Sciences (mind DivE In).

I am supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. I received my BS in Computer Science from Columbia University, where I conducted research and wrote an undergraduate thesis with Professor Kathleen McKeown.

ahwang16 at seas dot upenn dot edu