Sangho Suh

9500 Gilman Dr

La Jolla, CA

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Design Lab and Creativity Lab at the University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on (1) making complex, technical information accessible, (2) designing educational tools and resources, and (3) developing AI-powered systems that advance our creativity and intelligence. I earned my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo where I was advised by Edith Law and was a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.

With programming, data, and AI transforming every aspect of our lives and the tools we use, literacy in these areas is becoming a critical part of how we work, learn, think, and make sense of complex ideas and systems powered by them. However, they are complicated and often require learning abstract concepts, langauges, and procedures. How can we make them more accessible? How can we improve how think, learn, and communicate? How can we leverage AI to augment our intelligence in areas such as learning, creativity, and sensemaking?

In my research, I leverage theories of cognition, communication, and learning to answer these questions. Specifically, I have been interested in (1) how we can help people think, communicate, learn, and interact at multiple levels of abstraction and (2) how we can represent and scaffold complex information and knowledge using (visual) narratives.

During my Ph.D., I explored these questions in the context of teaching programming. I introduced a new concept called coding strip, a form of comic strip (concrete) with its corresponding code (abstract), and developed tools for designing, creating, and using coding strips—design methods, creativity support tools, and a visual programming environment that generates comics from code.

If you want to discuss collaboration opportunities, feel free to get in touch! (sanghosuh at ucsd dot edu)

Research Interests:
Human-Computer Interaction, Human-AI Interaction, Computing Education

I received B.S. in Computer Science from Korea University where I worked with Jaegul Choo to develop data mining algorithm and visual analytics for convolutional neural network.

03/14 ~ 03/19, 2023 @ Toronto, Canada - Attending SIGCSE’23
09/2? ~ 10/1?, 2023 @ Tokyo, Japan & Seoul, Korea - Home for break! Shoot me an email if you want me to give a talk or want to just grab coffee!

highlights [archive]

Apr 28, 2023 “Metaphorian: Leveraging Large Language Models to Support Extended Metaphor Creation for Science Writing” is accepted at DIS 2023!
Feb 1, 2023 Talk @ Design Lab and Interactive Computing Seminar (02.08) - “Toward Meaningful Interaction with Complex Information”
Nov 8, 2022 Received 2 x “Special Recognitions for Outstanding Reviews” for CHI 2023 papers
Oct 31, 2022 Presented CodeToon at UIST 2022! [Talk]
Oct 13, 2022 CodeToon was covered in TechXplore! [Article]
Aug 5, 2022 “CodeToon: Story Ideation, Auto Comic Generation, and Structure Mapping for Code-Driven Storytelling” is accepted at UIST 2022!
Jun 13, 2022 Our DIS 2022 paper received Best Paper Honorable Mention Award!🎖
Jun 8, 2022 Taught Experiment Design at University of Toronto’s Human-AI Interaction Research School

selected publications [full list]

  1. UIST
    CodeToon: Story Ideation, Auto Comic Generation, and Structure Mapping for Code-Driven Storytelling
    Suh, Sangho, Zhao, Jian, and Law, Edith
    In ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) 2022
  2. DIS Best Paper
    Mention Award
    PrivacyToon: Concept-driven Storytelling with Creativity Support for Privacy Concepts 🎖
    Suh, Sangho, Lamorea, Sydney, Law, Edith, and Zhang-Kennedy, Leah
    In ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2022
  3. IUI
    Leveraging Generative Conversational AI to Develop a Creative Learning Environment for Computational Thinking
    Suh, Sangho, and Pengcheng, An
    In 27th Annual Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) 2022
    Using Comics to Introduce and Reinforce Programming Concepts in CS1
    Suh, Sangho, Latulipe, Celine, Lee, Ken Jen, Cheng, Bernadette, and Law, Edith
    In ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education SIGCSE 2021
  5. VL/HCC
    Coding Strip: A Pedagogical Tool for Teaching and Learning Programming Concepts through Comics
    Suh, Sangho, Lee, Martinet, Xia, Gracie, and Law, Edith
    In IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) 2020
  6. CHI
    Curiosity Notebook: A Platform for Learning by Teaching Conversational Agents
    Law, Edith, Baghaei Ravari, Parastoo, Chhibber, Nalin, Kulic, Dana, Lin, Stephanie, Pantasdo, Kevin D, Ceha, Jessy, Suh, Sangho, and Dillen, Nicole
    In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020
  7. NIPS
    Re-VACNN: Steering Convolutional Neural Network via Real-time Visual Analytics
    Chung, Sunghyo, Park, Cheonbok, Suh, Sangho, Kang, Kyeongpil, Choo, Jaegul, and Kwon, Bum Chul
    In Future of interactive learning machines workshop at the 30th annual conference on neural information processing systems (NIPS) 2016
  8. ICDM Best Student
    Paper Award
    L-EnsNMF: Boosted Local Topic Discovery via Ensemble of Nonnegative Matrix Factorization 🏆
    Suh, Sangho, Choo, Jaegul, Lee, Joonseok, and Reddy, Chandan K
    In 2016 IEEE 16th International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2016