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Kaiwen Sun

Kaiwen Sun

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I am a PhD student at the University of Michigan, School of Information advised by Florian Schaub and Chris Brooks. My research focuses on the intersection of children’s privacy and safety, smart home technologies, and human-computer interaction, particularly understanding children and parents’ perceptions and behaviors around privacy and safety in the context of smart home technologies. Prior to my doctoral study, I obtained my master degree in human computer interaction at the University of Michigan with an emphasis on UX research and design.



Areas of interest

HCI, children and smart home technologies, privacy


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UMSI doctoral student Kaiwen Sun awarded prestigious Meta Fellowship

Kaiwen Sun was awarded a highly-competitive Meta PhD Fellowship award for her research on understanding and supporting children’s privacy and safety needs in smart home environments.

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Women, Black students may opt out of sharing learning data, if given choice

A new study from UMSI researchers shows that giving students an opt-out option may skew the data, biasing it against the people institutions most want to help.

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