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University of Michigan School of Information


Shiqing (Licia) He

Shiqing (Licia) He



Licia He is a generative artist and a human-computer interaction researcher. Through her research and artworks, she explores ways to record and present information around her. After receiving training in both studio art (printmaking focused) and computer science, Licia is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, School of Information, where she specializes in examining and supporting artistic practices. Licia He aims to find balances between chaos and harmony. Passionate about programming and visual art, Licia reflects and shaping her role as an artist by playing and balancing the chaos and harmony that machines can create. She was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and had received various recognitions for her publications. In her recent artistic explorations, Licia focuses on building human-machine co-creating experiences.

Dissertation title

Finding the Grammar of Generative Craft

Fields of interest

Art & Craft 
Information Visualization 
Generative Art 
Creative Coding 
Human Computer Interaction
Creativity Support Tools


Ph. D., University of Michigan, Expected in 2021 
Bachelor of Science, Union College, 2014

Selected Publications

He, Shiqing, Adar, Eytan. Plotting with Thread: Fabricating Delicate Punch Needle Embroidery with X-Y Plotters DIS ’20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (2020): page 1047-1057. 12 Jul. 2020.

He, Shiqing, Lin, Allen Yilun, Adar, Eytan, and Hecht, Brent. “The_Tower_of_Babel.jpg: Diversity of Visual Encyclopedic Knowledge Across Wikipedia Language Editions” International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (2018): n. pag. Web. 12 Jul. 2018.

He, Shiqing, and Eytan Adar. VIZITCARDS: A Card-Based Toolkit for Infovis Design Education. IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics (2016): , vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 561-570, Jan. 2017.