Research Biography

Alex Qiang Chen is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) in Carnegie Mellow University (CMU). At CMU, Alex is working on Web Anywhere - an online screen reader - to investigate different approaches to enhancing Web Anywhere capabilities so that it can deal with dynamic content.

Alex's research interest lies mainly in the fields of User-Centred Design, Human Factors, Human Behaviour on the Web, and Web Accessibility. However, Alex uses techniques from Web mining, code comprehension and machine learning disciplines, as tools, to assist him in his research.

Alex's research interests are influenced mainly by the projects he has undertaken, and the numerous community involvements. To develop his exposure, Alex continually explores different related areas. More recently, Alex is working on the Web Anywhere cloud-based screen reader project and the Automated Professional-like Accessibility Report Generator project at CMU.

Background & Experience

Alex Qiang Chen has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Masters of Science in Advanced Computer Science from The University of Manchester. He was advised by Dr Simon Harper during his Ph.D., where his thesis investigates ways to improve Human Computer Interaction with the Web. As a postgraduate researcher in the Web Ergonomics Lab (WEL), Alex worked on two research projects: (1) Web Evolution; and (2) Widget Identification and Modification for Web 2.0 Access Technologies (WIMWAT). These projects contributed mainly to Alex's Ph.D. thesis. During Alex's Ph.D., he has also worked on projects, as a Web Accessibility Consultant, for museums and schools in Liverpool and Manchester to facilitate his experience and understanding of his research.

After graduating with a Ph.D., Alex wanted to develop his exposure with interactive modalities and experience in teaching. To gain these experience, Alex took on a Research Fellow position at the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). At NTU, Alex taught undergraduate modules and investigated challenges with Interactive design on multi-touch screens, and the usability challenges faced by Secure Websites. Alex's research work at NTU became two collaborations projects: the first with Associate Professor Goh Wooi Boon and Associate Professor Philip Fu; and the second with Dr. Goh Weihan.

Prior to Alex's Masters, Alex had won a grant from Tracerco Ltd to investigate noninvasive measurements during industrial processes using Ultrasound Spectroscopy. During this course of the research, Alex worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Leeds with Dr Steven Freear and Dr David M.J. Cowell.

Present & Past Collaborators

  • Dr. Simon Harper -- The University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr. Jeffrey P. Bigham -- Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Dr. Geoffrey Ndu -- Hewlett-Packard Limited, UK
  • Prof. Bambang Parmanto -- University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Dr. Andi Saptono -- University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Dr. Jennifer Mankoff -- Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Dr. Andy Brown -- BBC Research and Development, UK
  • Dr. Darren Lunn -- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, UK
  • Dr. Caroline Jay -- The University of Manchester, UK
  • Mr. Michael Cooper -- World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), MIT, USA
  • Dr. Bu-Sung Lee -- Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Dr. Weihan Goh -- Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore
  • Mr. Yi Liu -- Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Dr. Chonho Lee -- National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
  • Prof. Jessica Rubart -- University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Germany
  • Dr. Steven Freear -- University of Leeds, UK
  • Dr. David M.J. Cowell -- University of Leeds, UK
  • Mr. Tom Partington -- Johnson Matthey, UK

If you are interested to collaborate or work with me, please feel free to contact me through e-mail: alexqchen(at)


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