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Dr. Jichen Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media, with a joint appointment in Computer Science. Her research focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), creative expression, human-computer interaction, and media theory. Her emphasis is developing 1) new forms of cultural artifacts afforded by intelligent systems, 2) AI techniques motivated by expressive goals, and 3) critical understanding of the relationship between computational technology and socio-cultural structures. Her current interests include interactive narrative, serious games, computational creativity, and digital humanities.
Dr. Zhu's work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Obesity Society, and the ExCITe Center, among others. She is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. She has also been invited to present her research at MIT, Columbia University, University of California Santa Cruz, and international research institutions in Canada, France, Germany and Spain.