Prospective Students

HCI PhD position at University of Rochester

Dr. Zhen Bai, who co-leads the ROCHCI group (, is welcoming PhD applicants to join the Department of Computer Science at University of Rochester from Fall 2020. We seek talented students with a passion for research that intersects Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence, with a special focus on Augmented and Virtual Reality, Applied Machine Learning, Embodied Conversational Agent, Assistive Technology, and Human-AI collaboration to shape the future of learning, socio-emotional skills training, collaboration and healthcare. The PhD position will be fully funded and there is no application fee to apply for the program.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Information Systems or related fields
  • Solid computer programming skills
  • Experience in user interface design and/or evaluation
  • Experience or strong interest in one or more of Augmented and Virtual Reality, game development, machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision
  • Excited about interdisciplinary research
  • Strong English writing and speaking abilities

ROC-HCI is a hub of interdisciplinary research across computer science, education, social and behavioral science, and medicine. We strive for design and technical novelty in advancing scientific discovery and addressing real-life challenges in social interaction (e.g., collaboration,  credibility, assessments, perspective taking), learning (e.g. curiosity, collaborative learning, scientific inquiry) and wellness for people with diverse abilities and needs (e.g. Autism, severe anxiety, neurodegenerative disease, ageing, terminal illness, Deaf and Hard of Hearing). At ROC-HCI, students gain creativity and independence through an inclusive and collaborative learning environment that respects diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. Students are given intellectual freedom to pursue their curiosity.

AR/VR initiative
The University of Rochester has recently launched a multi-faceted initiative to support Augmented and Virtual Reality research and to establish AR/VR research facilities across the campus. This includes the Center for AR/VR, a Flagship Program of the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, and coordinated research efforts that bring together 55 faculty members, including computer scientists, optical and electrical engineers, neuroscientists, and professions from music, humanities, and medicine. In 2019, the university received a 5-year National Science Foundation award to offer interdisciplinary educational traineeships and fellowships to prepare PhD candidates for transformative research in Augmented and Virtual Reality across Computer Science, Brain and Cognitive Science, Optics, Electronics and Computing Engineering and related fields. More information can be found at 

University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is a private institution that was founded in 1850. It is one of the smallest and most collegiate schools among the nation's top research universities. According to US News and World Report 2019, the University of Rochester's ranking in the Best National Universities is 29th. It is also one of 25 schools named a "New Ivy" in the 2007 Kaplan/Newsweek.

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester is a research-oriented department with a distinguished history of world-class research, especially in artificial intelligence/human-computer interaction, software systems, and the theory of computation. We provide a collegial, interactive environment in which faculty directly mentor students. All faculty and PhD students, regardless of their area, are familiar with each other’s work. This is possible only in a relatively small, close-knit department.

To Apply
Please contact Dr. Zhen Bai ( to discuss research opportunities. Guidelines for PhD programs and applications can be found at: For full consideration, interested applicants should submit the application before December 15th, 2019. Late submissions may be considered before January 3rd, 2020.