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Chao Zhang is an Assistant Professor in Human-Centered AI in the Human-Technology Interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests lie in the relationship between psychology and technology. Examples include the psychological implications of new technologies, or using  technological innovations to understand human behavior. He has accumulated a line of research into combining data-driven methods (such as machine learning and computational modeling) and psychological theories in order to understand and facilitate positive behavior change, build expertise through real-world intervention studies, and model complex and time-intensive data. His recent work also extends to intended and unintended social characteristics in AI-driven systems and how these impact human perception and behavior.

Academic background

Chao Zhang has a background in psychology and industrial design and obtained his Masters degree (with honors) in human-technology interaction at TU/e. He also completed his PhD at TU/e in 2019 on the topic of intelligent systems for lifestyle behavior change. Before returning to TU/e as an Assistant Professor in 2021, he worked as a post-doc at Utrecht University and coordinated the HUMAN-AI Alliance program between Utrecht and Eindhoven. He has co-organized an international workshop and co-edited a special issue (Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence) on human-centered AI.


My passion for research lies at the intersection of psychology and technology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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  • Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence (Journal)

    Chao Zhang (Guest editor), Supraja Sankaran (Guest editor), Kaisa Väänänen (Guest editor) & Marisela Gutierrez Lopez (Guest editor)

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