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你好, my name is Houjiang Liu ("Whole ji oy LOU") ~ I am a doctoral student (2021 to present), studying HCI and Human-centered AI at the School of Information, UT Austin. Currently, I am advised by professor Matthew Lease, designing with NLP to combat mis/disinformation. While most of my current research has to do with AI, I prefer seeing myself as a designer, framing AI applications from a humanistic perspective.

Previously, I was a design researcher at the Center for Design at the Northeastern University, working with professor Miso Kim on designing services grounded in autonomy and Paolo Ciuccarelli on visualizing interactive network graphs. I was also a part-time lecturer teaching Interaction Design in CAMD at Northeastern. Before starting my PhD at UT, I was a User Experience Designer, working at (Beijing) and SeetaTech AI (Beijing).

Publications (Google Scholar)

† These authors are equally contributing first authors.


  1. Estefania Ciliotta Chehade†, Houjiang Liu†, William Albert, and Miso Kim. An Empirical Study of How Service Designers Use Metrics. She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, 9(3) :402–427, 2023. doi

  2. Mingzhu Li, Miso Kim, Liqing Huang, and Houjiang Liu. Designing for people you can’t meet: Persuasive design to nurture seniors’ participation in community services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Design Journal, 26(6) :934–955, 2023. doi

  3. Houjiang Liu and Miso Kim. Is gift a token of gratitude or an imposition of identity? Facilitating positive consequences of gift-giving with receiver-centred design. In: Proceedings of IASDR 2023: Life-Changing Design, DRS, 2023. doi slides

  4. Houjiang Liu†, Anubrata Das†, Alexander Boltz†, Didi Zhou, Daisy Pinaroc, Matthew Lease, and Min Kyung Lee. Human-centered NLP Fact-checking: Co-Designing with Fact-checkers using Matchmaking for AI. 2023. arxiv [To appear in CSCW24]

  5. Sara Colombo, Estefania Ciliotta, Lucia Marengo, Houjiang Liu, Piero Molino, and Paolo Ciuccarelli. Design for Emergency: How Digital Technologies Enabled an Open Design Platform to Respond to COVID-19. Interacting with Computers, 35(5) :650–665, 2023. doi

  6. Anubrata Das, Houjiang Liu, Venelin Kovatchev, and Matthew Lease. The state of human-centered NLP technology for fact-checking. Information Processing & Management, 60(2) :103219, 2023. doi arxiv


  1. Anubrata Das, Houjiang Liu, Venelin Kovatchev, and Matthew Lease. The Need for Human-centered Design in Fact-checking Research. In: Proceedings of the 1st Information Processing & Management (IP&M) Conference 2022. pdf

  2. Jiabao Li, Houjiang Liu, Jilie Zeng, Di Wu, Ying Ding, and Alec McGail. Shifting Winds: Gendered Structures of Academic Mentorship. In: 2022 IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP), pp. 14–29, ieeexplore, 2022. doi code design

  3. Houjiang Liu, Ray Lc, Miso Kim, Concettina Cormio, and Meixin Yu. Designing for Distance Nursing: Reconnecting Nursing Students with Senior Home Residents During COVID-19. In: Proceedings of IASDR 2021: [ ] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes, pp. 2571–2582, Springer Nature Singapore, 2022. doi

  4. Houjiang Liu, Miso Kim, Mingzhu Li, and Shruthi Lakshmi Narayan. Technology, Autonomy, and Participation: Designing Community Games and Services to Enhance Older Adults’ Technology Literacy. In: Proceedings of IASDR 2021: [ ] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes, pp. 1575–1591, Springer Nature Singapore, 2022. doi


  1. Houjiang Liu, Miso Kim, Canqun He, and Tia Thomson. Autonomy as a Design Principle: Service Design for the Technology Literacy of Older Adults. In: Proceedings of Design Culture(s) Cumulus 2021, pp. 1190–1207, Cumulus, 2021. pdf


  1. Houjiang Liu. Enriching Gifts, Experience Design to Understand Human Relationships, Northeastern University, 2020. pdf [MFA Thesis]


For years, I have also been assisting my grandpa, a retired professor, in his lifelong work of editing Chinese dictionaries. Among his series of books, I helped co-edit the following work:

  1. 邓治凡 ed. 中华千古名言大辞典. 中国外文局华语教学出版社, 北京 2023. [出版中]

  2. 邓治凡 ed. 中华联语语典. 崇文书局, 武汉 2014.