Dr. Junnan Yu an Assistant Professor in the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and directs the Responsible Design group. Residing at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Learning Sciences, and Design, his research mainly focuses on studying and designing playful 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. Some of his research and design practices also go beyond learning contexts and extend to broader HCI research, such as reflecting on HCI research methodologies and addressing emergent technology-related challenges in people’s everyday life.
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.
Selected Publications (Google Scholar):
Cen, J., Xu, T., & Yu, J. (2023, In Press). Examining Gender-oriented Design Features in Computational Toys and Kits for Young Children. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’23), April 23–28, 2023, Hamburg, Germany. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 19 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3544548.3581035
Yu, J., Widman, S., & Roque, R. (2023, In Press). Family Negotiation in Joint Media Engagement with Creative Computing. In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’23), April 23–28, 2023, Hamburg, Germany. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 15 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3544548.3580667
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. In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 475, 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, Article 307 (October 2021), 27 pages. (CSCW '21) https://doi.org/10.1145/3476048
Yu, J., Bai, C., & Roque, R. (2020). Considering Parents in Coding Kit Design: Understanding Parents' Perspectives and Roles. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 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