Hey there!

Ken Jen here, currently a first year PhD candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada, advised by Dr. Edith Law. As my first name might have suggested, I am Malaysian. I also had the awesome opportunity to complete my high school education in Singapore under the ASEAN scholarship (2012-2013 Nan Chiau High School; 2014-2015 National Junior College). There's nothing quite like enjoying the cultural diversity of Malaysia and being able to discover various corners of Singapore's futuristic city while growing up. That said, I found myself also liking Canada's winter quite a bit given its cool contrast to the tropical climate of my home country.

Currently, I am researching positive technology and exploring how technology can better encourage flourishing and its various aspects. During my undergraduate studies, I was fortunate enough to be involved in two HCI research projects supervised by Dr. Edith Law. The first project is about teachable conversational agents and related supporting platforms. We explored how to design interfaces for chatbots and robots that allows students to learn by teaching these agents. Furthermore, we developed a platform that supports such agent-student interactions with the design goal of supporting flexible and easy experimentation of hypotheses related to learning by teaching. The second project is on the use of creative activities to enrich Computer Science education. An example is the use of comic strips to convey concepts like loops and recursion in an introductory university CS course.

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Papers & Publications
  • P. Ravari, K. J. Lee, E. Law, and D. Kulic. "Effects of an Adaptive Robot Encouraging Teamwork on Students' Learning" Accepted for the 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN'21).
  • J. Ceha, K. J. Lee, E. Nilsen, J. Goh and E. Law. "Can a Humorous Conversational Agent Enhance Learning Experience and Outcomes?" In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21). Best Paper Honorable Mention [pdf] [doi]
  • S. Suh, C. Latulipe, K. J. Lee, B. Cheng and E. Law. "Using Comics to Introduce and Reinforce Programming Concepts in CS1" In Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE'21). [pdf] [doi]
  • E. Law, E. Nilsen, K. J. Lee, A. Chauhan, J. Ceha, P. Ravari, A. Debbane and K. Yang. "Learning and Teaching with Conversation Agents" In CUI@CHI: Mapping Grand Challenges for the Conversational User Interface Community Workshop (CUI@CHI'20 Workshop). [pdf]
  • E. Law, K. J. Lee, and P. Ravari. "The Curiosity Notebook: A Platform for Supporting Learning with Teachable Robots" In HRI Workshop on Exploring Creative Content in Social Robotics (HRI'20 Workshop). [pdf]
  • "Can a Humorous Conversational Agent Enhance Learning Experience and Outcomes?" (QnA only), CHI'21
  • "Using Comics to Teach Programming Concepts in CS1", UWTL'21
  • "Using Comics to Introduce and Reinforce Programming Concepts in CS1" (QnA only), SIGCSE'21
  • "Learning and Teaching with Conversation Agents", CUI@CHI'20 Workshop
  • Student Volunter at SIGGRAPH'20, CSCW'20, IUI'21, SIGGRAPH'21
  • 2021-current: University of Waterloo. Candidate for PhD in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction. Advised by Dr. Edith Law.
  • 2016-2021: University of Waterloo. BASc Honours Computer Engineering - Co-operative Program, with Distinction - Dean's Honours List. (The class profile is available here!)
Awards & Scholarships
  • 2021: David R. Cheriton Graduate Scholarship by the University of Waterloo
  • 2021: Sandford Fleming Foundation Award for Academic Excellence (top 3 of ECE'21 class)
  • 2021: Gerry Heckman Scholarship
  • 2020: Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the University of Waterloo
  • 2020: Undergraduate Student Research Awards by NSERC
Press Coverage

Territorial Acknowledgement: I acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. To learn more: https://uwaterloo.ca/human-rights-equity-inclusion/indigenousinitiatives

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