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Lin Shi

Research Program Manager

Lin Shi


Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
534 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Lin Shi, 435 ISEC
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Personal Health Informatics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Conversational Agents


  • PhD of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Dr. Lin Shi’s doctoral training is in communication studies with an emphasis on communication and technology. The topics which interest Dr. Shi include the use of technology in a variety of communicative contexts, including identity and representation, construction of culture, public deliberation, social change and social justice, and health. At Northeastern University, Dr. Shi’s work in health communication focuses on personal health informatics, as well as conversational agents.

Field of research/teaching

I research and teach HCI, PHI, and conversational agents.

What is your educational background?

I completed my PhD in Communication at UMass Amherst in 2014.

What is your research focus?

I come from a humanities and social sciences background. As a believer in incorporating issues like agency, fulfillment, identity, equity, empowerment, and social justice into interaction design, the journey so far has been challenging yet rewarding.