Undergraduate Research Program

Joy He

Joy He Smiling on MountainsMajor: Computer Science
Mentor: Computer Science and Engineering

Contact: joyhe@uw.edu

Current research project: Predicting Psychotic Symptom Severity from Daily Routines





Joy is a junior in Computer Science at the University of Washington. Her mission is to use Artificial Intelligence to further democratize healthcare and education. To do so, she works on leveraging large-scale behavioral data from smartphone-based sensing systems to gain meaning insights about human well-being. She is also fascinated by applications of reinforcement learning to personalized educational technologies.

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
The key challenge that we are facing today is that many people do not have equal opportunities to reach their full potential because of lack of access to healthcare and education. I work on a variety of technical questions inspired by our applications of AI to these high-stake domains, building automatic decision-making systems that can bring the world-class specialist expertise to everyone, at a low cost.

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I started doing research the beginning of my sophomore year. I reached out to a professor about research opportunities because I was inspired by his work.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Start early so you can have enough time to explore different areas and figure out what you are truly interested in. Don’t let your experience hold you back because everyone has to start from somewhere, and you are not expected to know everything when you start as a researcher because the point of doing research is that you learn as you go. It’s also important to get comfortable asking people for help and mentorship.
Feel free to reach out to me if you are also interested in what I am working on. I am always looking for collaborators and happy to connect people to the right opportunities.