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Peizhu "Pam" Qian

  • AI/Robot Transparency

  • Human-robot Interaction (HRI)

  • Explainable AI (XAI)

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I am a (happy!) fifth-year Ph.D. student in computer science at Rice University, Houston, TX, USA. 

I work with Dr. Vaibhav Unhelkar on problems related to human-robot interaction (HRI), AI transparency, and explainable AI (XAI) systems. 

Selected Publications

  • Peizhu Qian, et al. Robotic Tutors for Nurse Training: Opportunities for HRI Researchers. AAAI Spring Symposium 2023. [pdf]

  • Peizhu Qian and Vaibhav Unhelkar. Evaluating the Role of Interactivity on Improving Transparency in Autonomous Agents. AAMAS 2022. [pdf]


  • Dec 2023: Our paper on personalized XAI has been accepted to AAAI'24! See you in Vancouver, Canada! (You can find the pdf in my project page.)

  • Nov 2023: I am teaching COMP 182 Algorithmic Thinking at Rice University in spring 2024. It covers Discrete Math and Algorithms.  

  • Nov 2023: A review paper I co-authored on human-centered XAI has been accepted to IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), impact factor: 24. Check out the arXiv preprint here

  • May 2023: I am taking COMP 691 Pedagogy for Computer Science in summer 2023 as I dream to become a CS professor after my Ph.D.!

  • Feb 2023: I am organizing the second Texas Regional Robotics Symposium (TEROS) on April 14, 2023 at Rice University: 

  • Mar 2023: I am giving a talk on opportunities for robots in nursing at the AAAI Spring Symposium, SF, CA, March 27-29, 2023.

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