Biography

Tianyi Zhang is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Societal Impact Fellow at Purdue University. At Purdue, he leads the Human-Centered Software Systems Lab, where he and his students develop intelligent systems that synergize human expertise with machine intelligence, with a particular focus on improving programming productivity and software robustness. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, working with Dr. Elena Glassman. He obtained his Ph.D. in CS from UCLA in 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Miryung Kim. His work has been recognized with the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship and Best Paper Honorable Mention Awards from SIGCHI and VAHC.

Research

My research is in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Software Engineering, and AI. I am broadly interested in building interactive intelligent systems that (1) augment human intelligence with data-driven insights and (2) augment machine intelligence with human guidance. Most of my work is designed for people in the programming domain, including software developers, novice programmers, and computer end-users.

  • My work on code mining and visualization helps programmers make more informed decisions by unveiling what others have and have not done in similar contexts in GitHub and Stack Overflow (ICSE 2018, CHI 2018, ICSE 2019, CHI 2020, CHI 2021a, UIST 2022a).
  • My work on program synthesis helps novices and end-users better communicate their intent and guide a synthesizer with enriched feedback loops and interpretability (UIST 2020, CHI 2021b, UIST 2022b).
  • My work on autonomous driving testing enhances our understading of developer needs of testing autonomous driving systems and enables developers to express richer and more efficient test scenarios (ESEC/FSE 2022a, ESEC/FSE 2022b, TSE 2022).

I also work on research topics including code search (ICSE 2015, ICSE 2019, ESEC/FSE 2020 Industry), test reuse (ICSE 2017), software debloating (ESEC/FSE 2020), and empirical studies on deep learning engineering (ISSRE 2019, PerCom 2020). Beyond that, I have collaborated with psychiatrists at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital to help them explore massive amounts of health records and develop data-driven insights about disease progression and treatment trajectories (VAHC 2021).

News

  • [Aug. 2022] Our paper about declarative testing of autonomous driving systems was accepted to TSE 2022! Congratulations to Yao!
  • [Jul. 2022] I was recognized as a Distinguished Reviewer for ESEC/FSE 2022!
  • [Jun. 2022] Our paper about interactive synthesis of tensor transformation programs was accepted to UIST 2022! Congratulations to Zhanhui, Tiger, Qiping, and Shangyin!
  • [Jun. 2022] Our paper about concept-annotated examples for library comparsion was accepted to UIST 2022! Congratulations to Litao!
  • [Jun. 2022] I received the Ross-Lynn Research Scholar Fund to support my research on knowledge acquisition from Stack Overflow. Thanks Purdue!
  • [Jun. 2022] I was selected as a Societal Impact Fellow at Purdue!
  • [Jun. 2022] Our paper about test reduction and prioritization for multi-module autonomous driving systems was accepted to ESEC/FSE 2022! Congratulations to Yao!
  • [Jun. 2022] Our paper about the common practices and needs of testing autonomous driving systems was accepted to ESEC/FSE 2022! Congratulations to Guannan!
  • [Mar. 2022] Our paper about a dataset of Stack Overflow post summaries was accepted to the data/tool showcase track at MSR 2022! Congratulations to Bonan and Yifeng!
  • [Feb. 2022] Our paper about the usability of GitHub Copilot was accepted to CHI 2022 Late-Breaking Work! Congratulations to Priyan!
  • [Jan. 2022] Our paper about AI-based CPS was accepted to ICSE-SEIP 2022! Congratulations to Jiayang and Deyun!
  • [Oct. 2021] Our paper about interactive visual analytics for cohort analysis received an Honorable Mention Award from VAHC 2021!
  • [Aug. 2021] Our paper about interactive visual analytics for cohort analysis was accepted to VAHC 2021!
  • [Aug. 2021] I will teach a graduate seminar class on Human-AI Interaction this fall! Check the syllabus here!
  • [Apr. 2021] I will join Purdue CS as a tenure-track assistant professor this fall!
  • [Apr. 2021] I was recognized as a Distinguished Reviewer for ACM TOSEM!
  • [Mar. 2021] Our CHI 2021 paper “Visualizing Examples of Deep Neural Networks at Scale” received the Best Paper Honorable Mention Award from SIGCHI!
  • [Dec. 2020] Our paper about interpretable program synthesis was accepted to CHI 2021!
  • [Dec. 2020] Our paper about visualizing the distribution of design choices such as model structures and hyperparameter settings in a corpus of DNNs was accepted to CHI 2021! Congratulations to Litao!
  • [Aug. 2020] Our demo paper on debloating modern java applications was accepted to FSE 2020 Demonstration Track! Congratulations to Konner and Mihir!
  • [Aug. 2020] Our paper about example generation was accepted to FSE 2020 Industry Track! Congratulations to Celeste!
  • [Jun. 2020] Our paper about interactive program synthesis was accepted to UIST 2020!