Junnan Yu

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Junnan Yu

Junnan Yu is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Residing at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Learning Sciences, and Design, his research focuses on studying and designing productive technology-mediated learning experiences for young people, investigating the roles that social context plays in supporting such learning, and innovating design research in educational contexts. Before joining PolyU Design, Junnan was a Temporary Research Faculty in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and once a research intern in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Junnan earned his Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master's degree in Design from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from Zhejiang University.

Junnan is currently looking for Ph.D. students and research assistants who are interested in interactive learning technologies, CS/AI education for children, and parent-child interaction around technologies. Feel free to reach out if you are interested. To learn more about his past projects and publications, please check his personal site and Google Scholar page. 

Selected Publications:

Yu, J. (2022). A Design Exploration of Leveraging Physical Play to Support Computational Learning for Young People (Doctoral dissertation, University of Colorado Boulder).

Yu, J., DeVore, A., & Roque, R. (2021). Parental Mediation for Young Children’s Use of Educational Media: A Case Study with Computational Toys and Kits. Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1145/3411764.3445427 

Yu, J., Granados, J., Hayden, R., & Roque, R. (2021). Parental Facilitation of Young Children’s Technology-based Learning Experiences from Nondominant Groups During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact., 5(CSCW2, October). https://doi.org/10.1145/3476048 

Yu, J., Bai, C., & Roque, R. (2020). Considering Parents in Coding Kit Design: Understanding Parents’ Perspectives and Roles. Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376130 

Yu, J., & Roque, R. (2019). A review of computational toys and kits for young children. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 21, 17–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcci.2019.04.001