Zikai Alex Wen

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[Email: zw385_AT_cornell.edu] [Twitter] [Scholar]

I'm a Computer Science PhD candidate at Cornell Tech, Cornell University. I'm fortunate to have Shiri Azenkot, Rene Kizilcec, and Serge Belongie to be my thesis committee members. My research focuses on designing and building interactive and playful AI systems to enhance human abilities.

    Research Areas:
  • Human-centered AI
  • Educational Technology
  • Games and Play

Selected Publications

This is a screenshot of two e-learning tools that our participants used for their students: Slice Fractions and Khan Academy.
Teacher Views of Math E-Learning Tools for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
[Paper] [Video]

The SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS'2020)
Zikai Alex Wen, Erica O Silverstein, Yuhang Zhao, Anjelika Lynne S Amog, Katherine Garnett, Shiri Azenkot.

This is a screenshot of the what dot hack game. The player is screening an incoming email according to the virtual expert's guidence.
What.Hack: Engaging Anti-Phishing Training Through a Role-playing Cyber Defense Simulation Game

The SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'2019)
Zikai Alex Wen, Zhiqiu Lin, Rowena Chen, Erik Andersen.

2016 and Ealier

Hawk: The Blockchain Model of Cryptography and Privacy-Preserving Smart Contracts
Ahmed Kosba, Andrew Miller, Elaine Shi, Zikai (Alex) Wen, Charalampos Papamanthou.
The IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland'2016) [Paper]

Efficient Protocols for Private Record Linkage
Zikai (Alex) Wen, Changyu Dong.
The ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC'2014) [Paper]

When Private Set Intersection Meets Big Data: an Efficient and Scalable Protocol
Changyu Dong, Liqun Chen, Zikai (Alex) Wen.
The SIGSAC Conference on Computer & Communications Security (CCS'2013) [Paper]


What.Hack won runner-up in Student Game Competition at ACM CHI conference (co-authors: Yiming Li, Reid Wade, Jeffrey Huang, and Amy Wang)
The Dean's Fellowship Award from University of Maryland
The Andrew McGettrick Prize sponsored by Lockheed Martin
The Dean's List of Distinction Award from University of Strathclyde
The Outstanding Graduate of Beijing from Beijing Municipal Education Commission