Wesley Hanwen Deng is a Ph.D. student at Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. He studied Computer Science at UC Berkeley before joining CMU. His current research focuses on facilitating conversations and collective actions between varied critical stakeholders in Machine Learning (ML) practice. Drawing upon research on Human-AI Interaction, participatory design, and ML, he collaborates with local nonprofits and community programs to engage diverse stakeholders in learning, designing, developing, and overseeing community-facing civic technologies like algorithmic systems and Artificial Intelligence tools.
In one of his current projects, he attempts to reimagine and redesign city spaces as environments for lifelong learning and civic engagement, empowering diverse community members to engage as learners, co-designers, and overseers of civic technologies that are intended to benefit their communities.