Michael Xieyang Liu is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at Human Computer Interaction Institute @ Carnegie Mellon University, where he is co-advised by Dr. Brad A. Myers and Dr. Niki Kittur. Michael's current research interests include human-computer interaction, hybrid intelligent systems, user interface development, and sensemaking. He obtained his two B.S. degrees at University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He worked as an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Walter S. Lasecki in the Crowds + Machines Lab (Croma Lab) during his time in Michigan.


08/2017 - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction
- Advisors: Dr. Brad A. Myers and Dr. Niki Kittur
09/2015 - 04/2017University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US
B.S. in Computer Science
- Advisor: Dr. Walter Lasecki
- Undergraduate Researcher at the Crowds + Machines Lab
- Research Assistant at the Center for Ergonomics
- Teaching Assistant for Database Management Systems
- Received Dean's List (2015 - 2016)
09/2013 - 08/2015Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
B.S.E in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Received Tang-Junyuan Fellowship (top 2)
- Won Meritorious Winner prize in 2015 COMAP - The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) (Acceptance: 9%)
- Teaching Assistant for Multivariate Calculus


  • My Chinese name is 刘燮洋. I was born in an amazing city, Wuxi, where I was brought up with by lots of love from my family and friends.
  • My motto has always been: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (by Mahatma Gandhi)
  • I love driving. I love the feeling behind the wheels. No particular reason, just love it. There's also a clue about how much I love being on the road through this site's 404 NOT FOUND page.
  • My favorite song and favorite album of all time are both Hotel California. It is the only song that I can’t get tired of. And I’m pretty sure I never will.
  • I play the guitar, mostly acoustic, from age 16. Though recently I started teaching myself to play the electric ones. I even made my own portable laser guitar during freshmen year. Believe it or not, I can play Hotel California with that :-)
  • I enjoy reading. My favorite magazine is Scientific American. I also like watching TV series and movies, especially thrillers. I love 24 and Prison Break. Really can’t tell which is better. I mean Jack Bauer saves the world and Michael Scofield saves the family!
  • I’m a gym worm. I like the saying “自律给我自由”. I believe regular work out is the only way towards a healthy and prosperous life.