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Lan Gao (高澜, She/Her)

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Hello! I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UChicago, luckily advised by Dr. Marshini Chetty. I got my Master's degree at Georgia Tech, majoring in Industrial Design. During my master's study, I worked closely with Dr. Sauvik Das, Dr. Jennifer Kim, and Dr. Munmun De Choudhury

I am passionate about
HCI, CSCW, and Technology Harms & Ethics. With a goal of making technology more human-centered, I focus on the ethical aspects of technology, such as Privacy & Security, Inclusion, and Accountability. My works underscore the unreasonable regulations, designs, and deployments of technology, proposing suggestions and guidelines for policymakers and stakeholders on how to apply technology that fits human values. I also design tools for end-users and stakeholders to promote their awareness and understanding of the dark side of technology.

I am an advocator of slow science.

Some interesting (or boring) facts:

1) I am a super fan of the Pokemon series (the icon of my personal website is a Minccino, the Pokemon I like the best).

2) I enjoy creating fan art illustrations in my spare time, however, I am too busy to do that recently.

3) I like using my nickname "Kulu" or "Pigeon" on social media, but I prefer to be called by my official name at the workplace.


Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

[c6] Lanjing Liu, Lan Gao, Yaxing Yao. 2024. Exploring Design Opportunities for Family-Based Privacy Education in Informal Learning Spaces. In Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs' 24, Conditionally Accepted)

[c5] Vedant Das Swain, Lan Gao, Abhirup Mondal, Gregory D. Abowd, Munmun De Choudhury. 2024. Sensible and Sensitive AI for Worker Wellbeing: Factors that Inform Adoption and Resistance for Information Workers. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI' 24, Conditionally Accepted)

[c4] Hao-Ping (Hank) Lee, Lan Gao, Stephanie S Yang, Jodi Forlizzi, Sauvik Das. 2024. “I Don’t Know If We’re Doing Good. I Don’t Know If We’re Doing Bad”:
Investigating How Practitioners Scope, Motivate, and Conduct Privacy Work When
Developing AI Products.  In 33rd Usenix Security Symposium
(USENIX Security' 24, To Appear
) [Link]

[c3] Vedant Das Swain, Lan Gao, William A Wood V, Srikruthi C Matli, Gregory D. Abowd, Munmun De Choudhury. 2023. Algorithmic Power or Punishment: Information Worker Perspectives on Passive Sensing Enabled AI Phenotyping of Performance and Wellbeing. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI' 23) [Link]

[c2] Rachel Lowy, Lan Gao, Kaely Hall, Jennifer G Kim. 2023. Toward Inclusive Mindsets: Exploring Virtual Reality Design Opportunities to Represent Neurodivergent Work Experiences to Neurotypical Co-Workers. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI' 23) [Link]

[c1] Guanhong Liu, Xianghua Ding, Chun Yu, Lan Gao, Xingyu Chi, Yuanchun Shi. 2019. "I Bought This for Me to Look More Ordinary": A Study of Blind People Doing Online Shopping. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI' 19)  [Link]

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