Wai-Tat Fu

Wai-Tat Fu

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: Siebel Center 4226
Phone: (217) 244-8617
Cascade Lab
Email: wfu at illinois dot edu

I am an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests lie primarily in the interdisciplinary field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). My recent work has primarily focused on operationalizing scientific knowledge that can be applied to the design, implementation, and evaluation of digital artifacts that tackle societal challenges. I am currently the associate editor of ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality (JDIQ) and ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS). I am the general and program chair of ACM Intelligent User Interfaces in 2019 and 2017 respectively, and have been serving in the steering committee since 2017. I was the general and program chair of International Conference of Healthcare Informatics (ICHI) in 2016 and 2015 respectively. I have been an Associate Chair for ACM CHI since 2010, and was the subcommittee chair of the Understanding People technical group in 2018.

When I first started as an assistant professor at UIUC, my research mainly focused on the emerging field of web information search. The main contribution was a theory-based computational modeling framework that predicts information behavior at both the individual and aggregate levels. My research group has since then expanded and my work has branched into research domains that takes on real world problems. I design, developed, and evaluated intelligent computing techniques such as information seeking, semantic and sentiment analysis, mixed/augmented reality, gestural recognition, digital game designs, human computations, and interactive visualization to tackle societal challenges.

Check out the Cascade Lab to learn more about our research.


Recent Publications

  • Books:
    1. Editors: Wai-Tat Fu and Herre van Oostendorp, (To appear 2020), Title: "Understanding and Improving Information Search – A Cognitive Approach", Human-Computer Interaction Series, Springer.
    2. Author: Wai-Tat Fu, (To appear 2020), Title: "Behaviorally Informed Designs for Online News Consumption", Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics, Morgan & Claypool Publishers.
    3. Author: Wai-Tat Fu, (To appear 2021), Title: "From Distributed Cognition to Collective Intelligence", Oxford University Press.
  • Conference proceedings:
    1. Wauck, H., Mekler, E. D., & Fu, W.-T. (2019). A Player-Centric Approach to Designing Spatial Skills Training Games. In Proceedings of the ACM CHI conference, Glasgow, UK. (Acceptance rate: 23%)
    2. Lee, Y.-C., & Fu, W.-T. (2019). Supporting Peer Assessment in Education with Conversational Agents. In Proceedings of the ACM IUI conference, Los Angeles, US.
    3. Yen, C.-H., Yen, Y.-C., & Fu, W.-T. (2019). Intelligent Assistants for Mediation Analysis in Visual Analytics, In Proceedings of the ACM IUI conference, Los Angeles, US.
    4. Xiao, Z., Zhou, M., & Fu, W.-T., (2019). Who Should Be My Teammates: Using A Conversational Agent to Understand Individual Differences and Help Teaming. In Proceedings of the ACM IUI conference, Los Angeles, US.
    5. Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., Zuo, S., & Fu, W.-T. (2018). BoatAR: A Multi-user Augmented Reality Platform for Boat. In Proceedings of the 24th ACM Symposium Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST).
    6. Gao, M., Xiao, Z., Karahalios, K., & Fu, W.-T. (2018). To Label or Not to Label: The Effect of Stance and Credibility Labels on Readers’ Selection and Perception of News Articles. In Proceedings of the ACM CSCW conference, New Jersey, US.
    7. Dey, S., Karahalios, K., & Fu, W.-T. (2018). Getting There and Beyond: Incidental Learning of Spatial Knowledge with Turn-by-Turn Directions and Location Updates in Navigation Interfaces. In Proceedings of the ACM Spatial User Interface (SUI) conference, Berlin, Germany.
    8. Chiu, P.-T., Wauck, H., Xiao, Z., Yao, Y., Fu, W.-T. (2018). Supporting Spatial Skill Learning with Gesture-Based Embodied Design. In Proceedings of the ACM IUI conference, Tokyo, Japan.
    9. Gao, M., Do, H.-J., Fu, W.-T.(2018). Burst Your Bubble! An Intelligent System for Improving Awareness of Diverse Social Opinions. In Proceedings of the ACM IUI conference, Tokyo, Japan.
    10. Xiao, Z., Wauck, H., Peng, Z., Ren, H., Zhang, L., Zuo, S., Yao,Y., Fu, W.-T.(2018). Cubicle: An Adaptive Educational Gaming Platform for Training Spatial Visualization Skills. In Proceedings of the ACM IUI conference, Tokyo, Japan.
    11. Xiao, Z., Yao, Y., Fu, W.-T. (2018). An Intelligent Educational Platform for Training Spatial Visualization Skills. In Proceedings of the ACM IUI conference Companion, Tokyo, Japan.
    12. Yen, C.-H., Lee, Y.H., Fu, W.-T. (2018). Visible Hearts, Visible Hands: A Smart Crowd Donation Platform. In Proceedings of the ACM IUI conference, Tokyo, Japan.
    13. Dey, S., Karahalios, K., Fu, W.-T. (2018) Effects of Socially Stigmatized Crowdfunding Campaigns in Shaping Opinions. In Proceedings of the ACM CHI conference, Montréal, Canada. [Best paper Honorable Mention]

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