Valerie Zhao

Headshot of Valerie Zhao.

Hello! I’m Valerie, a 3rd-year PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Chicago advised by Blase Ur. My work focuses on building tools to help non-technical users leverage trigger-action programming for applications such as smart home automation. More broadly, my research interests spans end-user programming and automation, usable security, human-computer interaction, and human-robot interaction.

I was a student volunteer for UbiComp in 2019 and one of two CERES scholars in 2018. Before that, I graduated from Wellesley College in 2018 majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science with honors.