:: about me ::

Pei-yu (Peggy) Chi designs intelligent systems that enhance and improve our daily experiences. She is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, supported by the Google PhD Fellowship in Human Computer Interaction (2014-2016) and the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study (2011-2013). At UC Berkeley, Peggy works with Professor Bjoern Hartmann on interactive tutorials. Her projects at Adobe Creative Technologies Lab, Microsoft Research, and Google Research were published at top conferences and won a Best Paper Award.

Peggy earned her M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences in 2010 from the MIT Media Lab, where she was awarded as a lab fellow and worked with Henry Lieberman at the Software Agents Group. She also holds a M.S. in Computer Science and a B.B.A. in Information Management from National Taiwan University, where she worked with Hao-hua Chu at the UbiComp Lab.

Curriculum Vitae: [pdf] (June 2016)

Education
2011/08-present University of California, Berkeley, CA, US
Ph.D. in Computer Science, EECS
- Supported by the Google PhD Fellowship (2014-2016)
- Received the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study (2011-2013)
- Advisor: Professor Bjoern Hartmann
2010/08 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, US
S.M. in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
- Advisor: Research Scientist Henry Lieberman
- RA at the Software Agents Group
- Received the ITRI Fellowship
2008/06 National Taiwan University, Taiwan
M.S. in Computer Science
B.B.A. in Information Management
- Advisor: Professor Hao-hua Chu
- RA at the Ubicomp Lab
- Received the Phi Tau Phi Award and Garmin Scholarship
Honor and Awards
2016 ACM CHI2016 Best Paper Award
2014-2016 The Google PhD Fellowship in Human-Computer Interaction, USA
2011-2013 The Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, UC Berkeley
2012 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Finalist, USA
2009-2010 ITRI Fellowship, MIT Media Lab [link][pdf]
2009, 2010 Conference Grant, Ministry of Education, Taiwan
2008 Phi Tau Phi Award, Member of the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society, Taiwan
2008 Conference Grant, Foundation for the Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship, Taiwan
2008 Third prize of Paper Award, The Cooperative Workshop of CyberLink and CML on Communications and Multimedia, Taiwan
2007 Garmin Scholarship, Taiwan
2007, 2008 1st place, Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
2007 People's Choice Award, ACM CHI2007 Work-in-Progress Paper, San Jose, CA
2007 2nd place, ImagineCup 2007 Software Design Competition, Microsoft Taiwan
2006 Excellent Work Award, The 1st Acer Long-term Smile Contest, Taiwan
2005 Presidential Award, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
GPA in the top 5% of the students in Dept. of Information Management, 2004 Fall semester
More about Peggy:
  • My Chinese name: 紀佩妤, read aspeiyuchi. Considering it's not easy to read it even in Mandarin, my parents gave me a nickname "Peggy" when I was born, which becomes a more well-known name to find me.
  • I love traveling a lot [see my photograph collection].
  • Cooking + enjoying tasty food plays an important part of my everyday life.
  • I play piano from age 3 and violin from 9, with quite much performance experience. I also joined an orchestra during 5-6th grades and senior high. After college, occasionally I play in my leisure time.
  • I was filmed as one of the main characters in a TV advertisement, and was a little runway model at age 7-8.
  • I dance - ballet when I was a little girl, and pop dance (hip-hop, house, jazz, etc.) when I was an undergrad.
  • Very luckily, I haven't "suffered" from any entrance exams in Taiwan (instead, I entered high school through Math&Science test and applied to university and grad school afterwards). I believe it’s my passion on academic interests that keeps me moving forward.