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Department of Informatics Social Computing Group

Desheng Hu

Azza Bouleimen


Desheng Hu

PhD Student

Social Computing Group
Department of Informatics
University of Zurich
Andreasstr. 15 / Office AND 2.60
8050 Zürich

E-Mail: desheng[at]ifi[dot]uzh[dot]ch

Short biography

Since 2022 Fall, Desheng is a PhD student in the Social Computing Group, co-supervised by Prof. Aniko Hannak and Prof. Christo Wilson. Desheng completed his bachelor and master degrees in software engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2014 and 2017 respectively. During his master's program, he did consultancy internships at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte. Desheng's research focuses on observational computational social science, algorithm auditing, with a particular interest in researching fairness, accountability, and transparency issues related to intelligent systems and social media. Before Zurich, Desheng was working with Christo Wilson at Northeastern University where one of his projects measures linguistic biases embedded in Google's snippet generation system. He enjoys that the measurements conducted in his projects can offer real-world guidance for system designers or policy-makers to help make intelligent systems fairer, more transparent, and accountable.