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 aims to enhance the experiences of non-technical users in programming smart homes and social robots.


May 10, 2021 Presented our work on visualizing TAP differences at CHI ‘21. Got a lot of great questions to think about!
May 5, 2021 Presented our work on visualizing TAP differences at the CHIcago 2021 Symposium (video here).
Apr 24, 2021 Had a great time at the 2021 Grad Cohort for Women!
Mar 14, 2021 Received an honorable mention at CHI ‘21 for our work on visualizing TAP differences!
Mar 8, 2021 Our work (led by Sophie Welber) on contextual preferences for smartphone battery management has been accepted to UMAP ‘21.
Jan 30, 2021 Our work (led by Weijia He) on context-sensing for smart home access control has been accepted to EuroS&P ‘21.
Dec 7, 2020 Co-recipient of an Arts, Science + Culture Initiative Graduate Collaboration Grant to work on an exciting project at the intersection of music and human-robot interaction!
Dec 3, 2020 Defended my MS paper! Grateful for the support of my committee and friends in/outside of the lab.
Dec 2, 2020 The work I led on visualizing TAP differences has been accepted to CHI ‘21.
Sep 13, 2019 Had a great time helping out with UbiComp ‘19 as a student volunteer.
Apr 1, 2019 Our work (led by Judah Newman) on how people might explain data-labeling decisions has been accepted to INTERACT ‘19.
Oct 1, 2018 First (official) day of being a PhD student at UChicago Computer Science!