Ph.D. Student @ University of Washington

zixianma [at] cs.washington.edu

Hi! I am a first-year PhD student at the University of Washington in Computer Science and Engineering supervised by Prof. Ranjay Krishna and Prof. Dan Weld. Between Aug 2022 and May 2023, I interned at Google Research and worked at Meta. Before that, I graduated from Stanford University with B.S. (Honors) and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, where I did research in the Stanford Vision and Learning Lab and HCI group under the supervision of the wonderful Prof. Fei-Fei Li and Prof. Michael Bernstein. My current research interests lie in both AI/ML and HCI, especially in human-AI interaction and collaboration.

Recent highlights

Selected publications



Sex Academy
Personalized sex education with stories.

Sex Academy is a platform that provides a safe and healthy space for students and parents to access customized sex education content recommendations, and peer story-sharing of lived experiences.

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Hungry24 is a multi-puporse application hosted on Wechat mini-app platform that aims to encourage participants to accept a 24-hour hunger challenge. It's a collaborative fundraising effort with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to alleviate starvation for Ethiopian children.

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Auto waste classification based on object detection.

FeedMe is a smart garbage classification and collection device developed at the X Academy 2018 hackathon. It was ranked the second place and won $10K funding.

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