Short Bio

Yun Huang is an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She co-directs the SALT lab, focusing on social computing systems research. Before joining iSchool, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Yun Huang received both her master's degree and doctorate from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) at UC Irvine. She earned her bachelor's degree from the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Specific areas of her interests include Human Computer Interaction, Human-AI Collaboration, Mobile Computing, and Inclusive Web. More information can be found here.
Her work is sponsored by OpenAI, Google, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), National Science Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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  • (07/23-10/23) OpenAI Inclusive.AI: "A ChatGPT Plugin and DAO to Engage Marginalized Groups in AI”, total $110,000. PIs: Yang Wang, Yun Huang, Tanusree Sharma, Dawn Song, Sunny Liu, and Jeff Hancock.
  • (08/22-07/25) Institute of Museum and Library Services Early CAREER Research Development Award: “Empowering Libraries with Conversational AI”, total $399,996. Single PI: Yun Huang.
  • (09/21-09/24) National Science Foundation "Collaborative Research: Advancing STEM Online Learning by Augmenting Accessibility with Explanatory Captions and AI", total $849,990, Lead PI: Yun Huang; Co-PIs: Lawrence Angrave, Meng Jiang,Qi Wang.
  • (07/21-06/23) National Science Foundation "Collaborative Research: EAGER: SaTC: EDU: Teach High School Students about Cybersecurity and AI Ethics via Empathy-Driven Hands-On Projects", total $300,300 Lead PI: Yang Wang; Co-PIs: Tom Yeh,Pilyoung Kim,Yun Huang.
  • (07/18-06/21) National Leadership Grants for Libraries, Enabling Accessibility and Linking Digital Media Collections in Academic Libraries, $249,908, PI, Yun Huang. Co-PIs: Jian Qin, Xiaozhong Liu.
  • (10/15-09/18) National Leadership Grants for Libraries, Community as Collection, $281,263, PI, Yun Huang. Co-PI, R. David Lankes, Jian Qin. Out of total 155 applications, 15 projects were awarded (less than 10% award rate).
  • (08/15-09/16) Google Research Award, 14% award rate (805 proposals, 113 projects were funded and 27% of the funding awarded to universities outside the U.S), $38,514, PI, Yun Huang.
  • (06/15-present) Syracuse University's Information Technology Services (ITS), $3,600, PI, Yun Huang.
  • (06/15-present) SU ADVANCE Cross-Sector/Interdisciplinary Opportunity Grants, $10,000, PI, Yun Huang.
  • (09/15-08/16) REU supplements National Science Foundation IIS 1464312, $16,000, Yun Huang.
  • (09/15-08/16) National Science Foundation IIS 1464312, CRII: CHS: Mobile Crowdsourcing System for Public Safety, Continuing Grant, currently received full budget of the first year for $100,255, PI, Yun Huang.
  • (09/13-08/18) National Institute for Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) ICWC, DRRP on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing, Syracuse University Subcontract, total $866,000 for 5 years. PI, Yang Wang, Co-PI, Yun Huang.
  • Contact

    Room 5135, 614 E Daniel St.
    School of Information Sciences,
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
    Office Phone:(217) 244-0418
    Email: yunhuang AT