Hua Shen

Hua Shen

Ph.D Student @PennState


Currently, I am a second-year Ph.D. student in IST College at PennState University, I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Ting-hao (Kenneth) Huang at amazing CrowdAI Lab. I appreciate the time working with Prof. Ting Wang at PennState and the wonderful year working with Prof. Brian D. Davison from Lehigh University.


I am interested in general area of AI and HCI. My current research focuses on improving human-centric deep learning interpretability for natural language processing and computer vision applications, such as generating visual and text explanation for deep learning and evaluating AI explanation from human perspective. Revolving the goal, my current topics include:

  • Explainable AI (XAI), Human-AI Interaction, AI Model Robustness.
  • Dialogue Systems, Question Answering, Natural Language Reasoning.

  • NEWS
  • Our paper on analyzing gaps between user needs and NLP explanations is accepted by CHI'21 HCXAI Workshop as an oral presentation. Our Paper and the Website are available!
  • I will join Amazon Alexa Speech research group as an Applied Scientist Intern in 2021 summer! I appreciate everyone who helped me in reaching the chance. Looking forward to joining the research team to learn!
  • I serve as a PC member of the NLP Interpretability Track for ACL-IJCNLP 2021. Grateful to my First-time ACL reviewer mentor, Dr. Marco Tulio Ribeiro, Thank you, ACL'21!
  • PennState IST award for Graduate Student Travel Grant on our AI Interpretation work. Thank you, IST!
  • Penn State News wrote a nice post about our AI Interpretation work. Thank you, PennState!
  • Our paper on usefulness evaluatation for AI interpretations is accepted by HCOMP 2020! I will present our work with a talk at HCOMP on Oct 28, 2020.
  • I passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam of IST College at PennState!