Dr. Hsu, Y-C.

Yen-Chia Hsu is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, with a background in computer science and architectural design.

His research is focused on Community-Empowered Artificial Intelligence (AI), where he co-designs, implements, deploys, and evaluates interactive AI systems that empower communities, especially in addressing environmental and social issues. Traditionally, scientists lead research to engage citizens in tackling environmental and social issues (e.g., air pollution) on a large scale. He has proposed an alternative, Community Citizen Science (CCS), to extend this science-oriented method to a hyper-local scale. CCS aims to empower communities and scientists to produce scientific knowledge, represent their voices, address local concerns, and shape more equitable power relationships. In this way, CCS advances the current science-oriented method by emphasizing continued community engagement after technology interventions. In his research, he applies crowdsourcing and data visualization to engage communities in providing and exploring data. Also, he utilizes machine learning, computer vision, and data science to assist communities in extracting and explaining patterns in multiple types of large-scale data.

Academic Background

Previously, Yen-Chia Hsu was a Project Scientist in the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in Robotics in 2018 from the Robotics Institute at CMU. Previously, he received his Master's degree in tangible interaction design in 2012 from the School of Architecture at CMU, where he studied and built prototypes of interactive robots and wearable devices. Before CMU, he earned his dual Bachelor's degree in both architecture and computer science in 2010 at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.