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Chenhao Tan is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Chicago. He obtained his PhD degree in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University and bachelor’s degrees in computer science and in economics from Tsinghua University. Prior to joining UChicago, he spent a year at University of Washington as a postdoc and three years at CU Boulder as an assistant professor. His research interests include human-centered machine learning, natural language processing, and computational social science. He has published papers primarily at ACL and WWW, and also at KDD, WSDM, ICWSM, etc. His work has been covered by many news media outlets, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He also won an NSF CAREER award, an NSF CRII award, a Salesforce research award, an Amazon research award, a Facebook fellowship, and a Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges award.


Focus Areas: Computational Social Science, Human-centered AI, Natural Language Processing

My main research interests include:

Language and social dynamics.

Human-centered machine learning, how we can use machine learning to empower humans and augment human intelligence such as enhancing creativity and avoiding behavioral biases, e.g., human predictions along a spectrum between full human agency and full automationcreative writing with a machine in the loop, and the meta question of what tasks humans would like to delegate to AI systems, and to what extent.

Multi-community engagement, how a person interacts with multiple communities and how communities relate to each other, e.g., users’ life trajectoriescommunity genealogy, and migrant integration in urbanization.

I am also broadly interested in natural language processing, computational social science, and artificial intelligence.


AI & Machine Learning

Foundations and applications of computer algorithms making data-centric models, predictions, and decisions

Human Computer Interaction

Exploring the interfaces between people and technologies

Programming Languages

Devising new and better ways of programming the computers of today and tomorrow

Labs & Groups

Chicago Human + AI (CHAI) Lab

Chenhao Tan
Developing synergy between humans and artificial intelligence through a better understanding of human behavior and human interaction with AI.

News & Events

UChicago CS News

Computer Science Displays Catch Attention at MSI’s Annual Robot Block Party

Apr 07, 2023
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Assistant Professor Chenhao Tan Receives Sloan Research Fellowship

Feb 15, 2023
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UChicago AI Summit Examines Promise and Concerns for Science and Society

Nov 01, 2022
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UChicago CS Faculty Receive Industry Grants From J.P. Morgan, Google

Jul 19, 2022
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Faculty Bill Fefferman and Chenhao Tan Receive Google Research Scholar Awards

Jun 21, 2022
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UChicago CS Labs Join Museum of Science & Industry For Robot Block Party

Apr 20, 2022
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New Data & Democracy Research Initiative Launched at University of Chicago

Mar 09, 2022
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DSI Discovery Challenge Awardees Train Data Science on Medicine, Clean Water, and Education

Apr 09, 2021
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Six UChicago CS Faculty Receive CAREER Awards

Mar 08, 2021
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New Asst. Prof. Chenhao Tan Explores The Future of Human-Centered AI

Feb 16, 2021
Past Event

CDAC Rising Stars in Data Science Workshop

Jan 11, 2021
UChicago CS News

Four New Faculty Join UChicago Computer Science for 2020-21

Jul 27, 2020
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