Yu Chen

Yu Chen

Associate Professor
School of Information Systems and Technology
Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

San José State University
One Washington Square 
San José, CA 95192-0244


Preferred: yu.chen@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5541

Office Location

BT 255


  • PhD, Computer and Communication, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • MS, Security and Mobile Computing, Aalto University, Finland
  • MS, Security and Mobile Computing, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • BE, Information Security, Huazhong Univeristy of Science and Technology (HUST), China


I am an associate professor at the School of Information Systems and Technology in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University (SJSU). I currently lead the multi-university AI for Social Good project sponsored by National Science Foundation. My research interests include emerging technology education, human-AI interaction, computer supported collaborative work, and health informatics.

Moving to SJSU, I am shifting my focus to creating the environment to engage undergraduate education, research and creative activities. Examples include creating technological tools to make education and career counseling more accessible, and empowering students to use technology and design thinking to create new startups that address important social issues, such as homelessness, traffic, affordable housing, food insecurity. They never failed to amaze me with their empathy, creativity, and hardwork.

Places Visited
I have been fortunate to spend time in different parts of the world with fantastic people. Before moving to the Bay Area, I was a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Yunan Chen and Prof. Gloria Mark at Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). I spent around four years in Switzerland pursuing my Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with Dr. Pearl Pu, the director of Human Computer Interaction Group. Working as a research intern in the headquarter of Nokia Research Center in Helsinki with Dr. Zheng Yan has been a memorable experience that has greatly shaped my professional path. ​​

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I meditate, practice and teach yoga, love nature, and enjoy learning languages -- human languages as well as computer languages -- as a way to better understand the "personalities" of people and technology. Below is a list of languages that I learned in the past (though I'm not sure I'm still keeping the same level since mastering a languge requires constant practice).

Human languages: Chinese (native) | English (fluent) | Spanish (Workspace Level A1, 2017) | French (Oral Communication Level A1, 2005, 2014) | Finnish (Level 1B, 2009) | German (basic, 2008, 2012)

Computer languages: Jave, C, C++, Python, HTML, Javascript, PHP, Assembly