Pei-Yi (Patricia) Kuo


Pei-Yi (Patricia) Kuo

I am a PhD Candidate in the Technology and Social Behavior program at Northwestern University. I work with Professor Michael Horn in the TIDAL lab (Tangible Interaction Design and Learning Lab).

I study how people adopt and use technology in domains of well-being (health, aging and environmental awareness) and crowdsourcing (crowdfunding and idea-sourcing). My PhD research focuses on understanding and designing technologies that help people to reflect on and change their behaviors.

I have been involved in the Green Home Game project at TIDAL lab since 2012. We develop games and conduct field studies to understand how families collaboratively think about the trade-offs between their comfort and energy consumption at homes.

I obtained my Master's degree in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University, where I was fortunate to work with my colleagues on a capstone project titled "Technology Usage and Motivators in Not-for-profit Arts Organizations." I received my Bachelor's degree in library and information science from National Taiwan Normal University, where I worked on several projects related to information search and behavior with my mentor Professor Hsiao-Tieh Pu.

Prior to coming to Northwestern, I worked as an arts exhibit planner in New York City, and as a research fellow at Institute for Information Industry in Taipei, Taiwan. I love traveling and photographing, and have practiced watercolor and oil-painting for more than 10 years.


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