Erzhen Hu

Erzhen Hu

Ph.D student at University of Virginia

I am Erzhen Hu, a third-year Ph.D student in Computer Science at the University of Virginia, advised by Prof. Seongkook Heo. Before that, I obtained M.S. in Statistics from University of Virginia, and B.A. in Sociology from Shanghai University.

My research involves developing and evaluating new interactive systems for distributed/hybrid meetings, such as digitalizing proxemic interactions to improve ad-hoc and focused conversations and enhancing AI-enabled augmented communication. I mainly study three topics:

  • Digital Proxemics: Rethink socio-spatial theories for small-group conversations and turn-taking
  • AI-Augmented Communication: Use deep learning and generative AI Methods to enhance object-oriented conversations in video-conferencing and live-streaming contexts
  • AR/VR for Remote Collaboration: Adaptive user interfaces for remote collaboration


Selected Publications

  • Program Committee Member for CHI 2023 LBW
  • Reviewer for CHI 2023(*)-2024, UIST 2023, CSCW 2022, MobileHCI 2022(*), Auto UI 2022, NordiCHI 2022(*)
  • (*) Special Recognitions for Outstanding Reviews
  • Student Volunteer for ACM CSCW 2022, ACM UIST 2022, ACM IUI 2022, IEEE VR 2022, ACM ISS 2021

  • Design and source code from Jon Barron's website