Helen Ai He

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

Ph.D., Informatics

University of Zurich, 2017

M.Sc., Computer Science

University of Calgary, 2010

B.Sc., Computer Science

University of Calgary, 2007

Contact information


CPSC 583: Introduction to Information Visualization

CPSC 601.xx: Technology Design for Diversity and Inclusion

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Social computing
  • Inclusive design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work


At the C3 Lab, we explore the design of human-centered technologies to bridge (C)ultural barriers, improve (C)ollaboration, and build (C)ommunity. On a high-level, our lab aims to tackle timely high-impact societal problems, by drawing on multidisciplinary approaches at the intersection of computer science, psychology, media art and cultural anthropology.

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are key focuses of this work. The solutions we develop aim to embrace and leverage the benefits of diversity, rather than being hindered by its challenges. Our goal is to design socially conscious, technological solutions that can benefit social good.

Our team works on three application areas: 

(1) Collaboration systems to overcome cultural barriers in distributed work teams, 

(2) Re-designing social media technologies to address loneliness and isolation and 

(3) Empowering the public with open data and visualizations.