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Honglu Du

Honglu Du researches human-computer interaction with a focus on computer-supported communication, collaboration, and learning. He also explores empirically investigating social needs that may be addressed through computing applications. After identifying these opportunities, Honglu designs and develops technological interventions, evaluating them using a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods. 

Previously, Honglu  worked at Microsoft Research and Google. His dissertation research on classroom backchannels was nominated for the Best Paper Award in ACM GROUP 2012.

Dr. Du received his Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction from Pennsylvania State University and his B.S. in Management Information System from Renmin University of China.


PARC publications

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Towards a Mobile and Wearable System for Predicting Panic Attacks

The 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015)

7 September 2015


Building Community & Commitment with a Virtual Coach in Mobile Wellness Programs

Fourteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2014)

27 August 2014

A comparative usability study of two-factor authentication

Usable Security Workshop (USEC), 2014

23 February 2014

Understanding Dynamic Pricing for Parking in Los Angeles: Survey and Ethnographic Results

Human Computer Interaction International 2014

6 February 2014


The Camera Doesn’t Lie: Rapid Observation to Create Better Customer Experiences

17 December 2013

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other publications

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Effects of Fear appeals and point of reference on the persuasiveness of IT security communications

Honglu Du, Heng Xu, Mary Beth Rosson, John M. Carroll
2013 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI)




Increasing Students' In-Class Engagement through Public Commenting

IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies




Research on IT Outsourcing Based on IT Systems Management

ACM International Conference on E-Commerce