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  • Peizhu Qian and Vaibhav Unhelkar. Interactively Explaining Robot Policies to Humans in Virtual and Physical Training Environments. In Companion of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI), pp.  847–851. Denver, Colorado USA, Mar 11-15, 2024.

  • Yao Rong, Peizhu Qian, Vaibhav Unhelkar, Enkelejda Kasneci. I-CEE: Tailoring Explanations of Image Classifications Models to User Expertise. In the Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Vancouver, Canada. Feb 20-27, 2024.

  • Yao Rong, Tobias Leemann, Thai-Trang Nguyen, Lisa Fiedler, Peizhu Qian, Vaibhav Unhelkar, Tina Seidel, Gjergji Kasneci, and Enkelejda Kasneci. Towards Human-centered Explainable AI: A Survey of User Studies for Model Explanations. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI). Impact factor: 24. December 2023. 

  • Carlos Quintero-Pena*, Peizhu Qian*, Nicole M. Fontenot, Hsin-Mei Chen, Shannan K. Hamlin, Lydia E. Kavraki, Vaibhav Unhelkar. Robotic Tutors for Nurse Training: Opportunities for HRI Researchers. AAAI Spring Synposium. San Francisco, California USA. March 27-29, 2023.

  • Peizhu Qian and Vaibhav Unhelkar. Evaluating the Role of Interactivity on Improving Transparency in Autonomous Agents. In Proc. of the 21st International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2022), Online, May 9–13, 2022, IFAAMAS, 9 pages.

  • Peizhu Qian, Zhiqiang Cai, Xiangen Hu. Life in the Semantic Space: Structures of the Language Network. In Proc. of Society for Computers in Psychology 48th Annual Meeting. Runner-up winner of the Castellan Award for best student paper with special recognition. New Orleans, Louisiana USA. November 15, 2018.

Conference / Workshop Presentations

  • Peizhu Qian, Vaibhav Unhelkar. On the Role of Interactivity in Improving Transparency in Robot Behavior. Fairness and Transparency in HRI. 2022 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Workshop. Online. March 7, 2022. 

  • Peizhu Qian, Vaibhav Unhelkar. Towards Interactively Improving Human Users' Understanding of Robot Behavior. Robotics for People: Perspectives on Interaction, Learning, and Safety. Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) Workshop. Online. July 12, 2021.

  • Peizhu Qian, Vaibhav Unhelkar. Teaching by Demonstration: Towards a Bayesian Approach to Explaining Robot Policies. 2020 Ken Kennedy Institute Data Science Conference. Houston, Texas USA. Oct 26-28, 2020.

  • Peizhu QianData Mining in Sports: the Relationship between Anthro- pometric Characteristics of Collegiate Female Rowers and Pacing Strategies on a 2000-meter Ergometer Test. 2018 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Conference. Cambridge, Massachusetts USA. Oct 5-7, 2018.


2019 - Present


  • Rice University Graduate Research Fellowship

  • Rice University Pollard Fellowship in Engineering

  • Jill Pitman Jones Award (Leadership in Club Sports)

Houston, TX, USA

2016 - 2019


B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics

Boston, MA, USA

  • Student-athlete of the Year

  • ACM SIGHPC Computing4Change Challenge Winner

  • Simmons University Presidential Scholarship

  • Grace Hopper Celebration Student Scholarship

  • Tapia Conference Scholarship

Extracurricular Activities


Rice University Rowing Team (Captain, Coach)

Residential Assistance (RA)


Mandarin Chinese (native)

English (proficient)

Spanish (intermediate)

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