Nan-Chen Chen

nanchen [AT] uw.edu


I am currently a PhD candidate in Human-Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. As a member of the Human-centered Data Science Lab (HDS Lab), I work with Prof. Cecilia Aragon. I also work closely with my committee member Dr. Been Kim and researchers at Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2). In addition, I am a member of the Design-Use-Build (DUB) group. I received my B.S. degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering with a minor in Psychology from National Taiwan University in 2013, where I worked with Prof. Hao-Hua Chu.

My research focuses on human-computer interaction and visualization. I am particularly excited about building visual analytics tools for domain experts to explore and analyze data, as well as to understand how changes in components of complex systems impact their final outcomes. I am also interested in studying how people interact with their data and write code; all these topics fall within the scope of human-centered data science. More detailed information can be found in my Projects.

I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. It is a city with extremely convenient public transportation systems, bike-friendly streets, and countless taxis (This means you can live without a car). In addition, you can find food anytime anywhere in Taipei. We have many great night markets, various restaurants, and super convenient convenience stores. Taipei is also famous for its rainy weather - this is one of the reasons why I chose to study in Seattle. ;-)