Team Members

Pei-Yao Hung
Pei-Yao received his M.S. in 2008 from Graduate Institute of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Taiwan University (NTU). His research areas of interest include Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Game Design, Ubiquitous Computing, and Social Network. During his undergraduate career, he explored topics about educational technology and children technology. His master thesis was about designing computer game for autistic children in training and assessing their visual motor integration ability. After graduation, he worked as a software engineer in Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan, participating in Wifi localization system development. A year later, he became a research assistant in Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, designing technology to deal with the cognitive problems of the elderly. Now he starts a new journey in School of Information, University of Michigan. He wants to explore more about human behavior, interaction design, and user experience.

Sylvia Lai
My name is Sylvia Lai. I am currently a first-year student studying at the University of Michigan School of Information with a Human-Computer Interaction specialization. I have a dual bachelor degree in Library & Information Science and Sociology in National Taiwan University. As an undergraduate, I worked with National Science Council of Taiwan Government in conducting research projects which I learned how to collect, organize, and analyze data.  I have also interned at an archive organization as a project manager. During my undergraduate career, I also had a part-time job at the side at a film company as a web developer, which equipped me with the knowledge of internet marketing and web design. These experiences have enhanced my interest in how to design a user-friendly interface and how human behavior theory can be implemented into interface design.

Last semester I worked with Gale Cengage in developing a Student News Network site, which allows users to collaborate worldwide and can exchange their professional skills in journalism field. This semester my team and I worked with WolframAlpha to evaluate the computational search engine, which is a new integrated product that allows users to look up facts or do calculation. These projects provoke me the enthusiasm toward user experience design and interface design, especially how user-centered perspective can apply to interaction between human and interface.

Pei-Chih Shih
I am Pei-chih Shih, and most people also called me Bell. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Library and Information Science, as well as a minor in Civic Education and Leadership at the National Taiwan Normal University. Currently, I am a second year student at the School of Information, University of Michigan. My specialization is in Library and Information Services. One of the reason why I wanted to attend the iDesign competition is its direct connection to library sciences. I have taken many courses in this field, including database application design, information in social systems, contextual inquiry, and net computing.

As an international student from Taiwan, I appreciate the diversity of different cultures. I am also interested in listening to music and reading books. So far, I have attended some projects which are related with my future career, such as being a cataloger at Visual Resources Collection, Department of History of Art, University of Michigan. I completed my internship and have a part-time job with this organization. Through this experience, I have learned to appreciate about how to manage resources and have a hands-on experience in the archival collection of an organization. This kind of understanding enables me to become more familiar with  the collection in Library, specifically with users in mind. In our project, our team members are a reflection of this level of engagement and have this goal in mind at every part of the design process.

Yi-Ying Lin
I am a first year Human-Computer Interaction(HCI) student studying in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Through my graduate level HCI coursework, I’ve acquired skills in user research, contextual inquiry, prototyping and developed team-oriented approach to problem solving. In “Evaluation of Systems and Services” course, our team has conducted heuristic evaluation and comparative analysis for the usability of Mirlyn Mobile website and formulated related recommendations; in “Contextual Inquiry & Project Management”, through data modeling and analysis, we identified the major breakdowns and inefficiencies of the working process for Summer Bridge program in the University of Michigan. The experiences of working with people with widely varying backgrounds also made me realize the value of brainstorming and appreciate the diversity of thought.

SI’s alternative spring break also gave me a good opportunity to work as a web design intern at The Choral Arts Society in Washington, DC. During these five days, I worked under the supervision of the communication manager to assist in creating a seasonal performance website for the current and upcoming season. My contribution was primarily on communicating design ideas with project mentor, designing website wireframes and mockups.

Gin Chieng
I am a first year Master’s student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. I completed my undergraduate at the University of Washington, Seattle with a double degree in Psychology and English Literature, with an Architecture Minor. As a researcher who has a solid foundation in the methodologies of Psychology, my biggest strength is in the design, support and participation of usability research, testing of prototypes and design implementation for visual design projects. I also have an extensive training in the research of behavioral sciences. This is reflected in an undergraduate research assistant position with the “Weather Forecast and Decision Making” Team under the cognitive psychology department with the University of Washington, Seattle. I have a broad range of interests within HCI, including mobile application, usability evaluations, web development, ubiquitous computing, and personal informatics interaction.

However, I am also eager in exploring new areas and ways to improve myself to become a competitive information professional. Currently, I am also working at the UM Clinical Studies as a part-time usability auditor and researcher. For more information about me, please click here.