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Yoyo 侯宗佑
HOU, Tsung-Yu

An interaction designer studying Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Information Science with background in HCI, Psychology and Design.

I am currently a PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University. Professor Malte Jung is my advisor. Prior to pursuing an academic career, I have worked at Asus as an user experience designer and information architect.

I received my master degree in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from UCLIC in University College London (UCL) under supervision of Professor Yvonne Rogers . My two bachelor degree are BSc in Psychology from National Taiwan University (NTU) and BA in Product Design from Shih-Chien University. Prior to these, I studied in the School of Medicine at NTU, where I also had experience in molecular biology labs besides the traditional trainings in science and humanities.

Research Interest

My research interest is in HRI, HCI, and UX design. I am especially interested in these topics:

  1. Can a robot or an AI system be a good manager or a boss? How organizational factors, such as power, status, hierarchy, affect human-robot interaction, particularly in a work team?
  2. What functions does emotion serve in the interaction and communication between humans, robots and other intelligent agents? And how can we design intelligent systems to afford these functions better?
  3. More generally, how digital systems induce subtle behavior change and thus unknowingly reshape our perception and cognition.

How to pronounce my name?

Inspired by my friend Yao-Yuan Mao, I think it would be interesting to explain how to pronounce my name here.

To start simple, you can always call me Yoyo . All my family call me Yoyo, too (though they do so in a Taiwanese intonation).

Still want to give it a try? My name in Chinese, 侯宗佑, is pronounced in Mandarin as hóh-dsōng-yòh ( ds as in Be ds ) and in Taiwanese as hâu-tsong-iū .

Here's how Google Translate pronounces my name.