Hello! My name is Ting-Han Lin, and I go by Timmy. I am an incoming computer science PhD student at the University of Chicago. I received both M.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2022 (4-year Joint BA/MS in Computer Science). During my undergrad and master’s, I was advised by Prof. Sarah Sebo and Prof. Ken Nakagaki. Before coming to the United States for college, I was born and raised in Taiwan.

My research interest lies in the intersection of human-computer interaction and human-robot interaction. Specifically, I design intelligent robotic systems with a research goal to better integrate robots into our world by (1) facilitating new forms of human-robot interaction, (2) making robots more accessible, programmable, and interactive with people, and (3) showing people the capability of robots as intelligent supporters. I have published my research in top conferences including CHI and RO-MAN.

Two of my research projects investigated the potentiality of employing robots as game masters in interactive games and using robots as ice-breakers in group settings. One of my projects allows users to spatially throw and catch objects between the digital and the physical worlds via a swarm user interface.

Soon, I envision our future living environment will be accompanied by many intelligent robotic systems, and I am excited to research how groups of people can interact with various forms of robots.

  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • UI/UX Design
  • M.S. in Computer Science, 2022

    University of Chicago

  • B.A. in Economics, 2022

    University of Chicago

  • High School Diploma, 2018

    Taipei Wego Senior High School


03/20/2023 Served as the TA for DATA 21200 (Spring 2023) Mathematical Methods for Data Science II taught by Prof. David Biron

01/13/2023 Papers titled "ThrowIO: Actuated TUIs that Facilitate “Throwing and Catching” Spatial Interaction with Overhanging Mobile Wheeled Robots" and "Ice-Breaking Technology: Robots and Computers Can Foster Meaningful Connections between Strangers through In-Person Conversations" were both accepted at CHI 2023 Annual Conference

01/03/2023 Served as the TA for DATA 21100 (Winter 2023) Mathematical Methods for Data Science I taught by Prof. David Biron

10/19/2022 Paper titled "Benefits of an Interactive Robot Character in Immersive Puzzle Games" is featured on UChicago Computer Science Department Check it out here!

09/26/2022 Served as the TA for CMSC 20300 (Autumn 2022) Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction taught by Prof. Ken Nakagaki

08/30/2022 Presented a paper at RO-MAN 2022 in Naples, Italy

06/04/2022 Graduated from UChicago with M.S. in CS and B.A. in Econ

05/30/2022 Paper titled "Benefits of an Interactive Robot Character in Immersive Puzzle Games" was accepted at RO-MAN 2022 Annual Conference

Projects & Fun Stuff


Personal Interests

During my free time, I really enjoy juggling! I can juggle pins, rings, yoyos, and up to 7 balls, and I often perform juggling at charity performances and give juggling lessons to people at all ages.