Hi, I’m Kai.

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I’m a PhD student in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.

I research how technology can (and cannot) help us live healthier and happier lives. I leverage theory from psychology in the design of technologies for mindfulness, fitness, and diet.

My current project is on smartphone interruptions: how the technology is designed to hook users through constant notifications and how people can manage it. I want to help people use technology wisely, rather than as a distraction.

I previously worked in China for 6 years, where I managed the international product at a mobile app startup and wrote about the Chinese tech industry.

I’ve collaborated with Gary Hsieh, Sean Munson, Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, and Carol Moser.

Get in touch at kai1@uw.edu