PhD Candidate

yenchiah (at)
hsu.yenchia (at)
CREATE Lab, Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

I am a PhD candidate in the CREATE Lab in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. My recent research focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating interactive systems that support civic engagement with crowdsourcing, data visualization, and machine learning techniques.

I received my Master's degree in tangible interaction design in 2012 from the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where I studied and built prototypes of interactive robots and wearable devices. Prior to CMU, I earned dual Bachelor's degree in both architecture and computer science in 2010 at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.

Research Interests

Citizen Science / Civic Engagement
Human Computation and Crowdsourcing
Interactive Data Visualization and Storytelling
Machine Learning / Computer Vision

Selected Publications

Yen-Chia Hsu, Jennifer Cross, Paul Dille, Illah Nourbakhsh, Leann Leiter, and Ryan Grode. 2018. Visualization Tool for Environmental Sensing and Public Health Data. (in press) In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2018). ACM.
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Yen-Chia Hsu, Paul Dille, Jennifer Cross, Beatrice Dias, Randy Sargent, and Illah Nourbakhsh. 2017. Community-Empowered Air Quality Monitoring System. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). ACM. (Top 5% Honorable Mention Award)
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Yen-Chia Hsu, Paul Dille, Randy Sargent, and Illah Nourbakhsh. 2016. Industrial Smoke Detection and Visualization. tech. report CMU-RI-TR-16-55, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, September, 2016.
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Yen-Chia Hsu, Paul Dille, Randy Sargent, Christopher Bartley, and Illah Nourbakhsh. 2015. A Web-based Large-scale Timelapse Editor for Creating and Sharing Guided Video Tours and Interactive Slideshows. IEEE Information Visualization Posters, 2015.
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Yen-Chia Hsu, Tay-Sheng Jeng, Yang-Ting Shen, and Po-Chun Chen. 2012. SynTag: A Web-based Platform for Labeling Real-time Video. In Proceedings of the ACM 2012 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2012). ACM.
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Selected Press Releases About My Work

Carnegie Mellon Scientists Use App to Track Foul Odors in Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Ashley Murray (2017)

Smell PGH Lets You Report Weird Smells in Pittsburgh in TechCrunch by John Biggs (2017)

Smell PGH App Helps Pittsburghers Report Foul Odors in Carnegie Mellon University News by Byron Spice (2017)

Does Your City Literally Stink? There's An App For That in Fast Company Co.Design by Mark Wilson (2017)

Using Low-Cost Technology to Democratize Data and Protect Public Health: Case Studies in Pittsburgh in Grantcraft by Philip Johnson (2017)

California Towns Adapt Carnegie Mellon's Smell Pittsburgh App in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by Matthew Santoni (2017)

Selected Books Documenting My Work

Hack The Grid by Andrea Polli (2018)