Hi! I'm Jane Im. I am a sixth year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information and Department of Computer Science & Engineering, where I am fortunate to be advised by Kentaro Toyama.
(I helped SI and CSE faculty in designing the first proposal for evaluating PhD students who want to be formally enrolled in the two programs via SIDP. Please feel free to reach out if you want to do the same!)
Before coming to Michigan, I finished my undergraduate studies in Korea University, majoring in Business and Computer Science. I was drawn to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) because of my interdisciplinary interests and background. But while I identify HCI as the closest research community, I try to not let that limit my interests.
In my free time, I daydream about learning how to write lyrics. I want to write a song someday.
If you want to chat about anything related to research and academia, please feel free to reach out via email! I am particularly interested in helping students from underrepresented groups.
My twin sister's art. Chaerin is a great artist and someone who always inspires me.
Walking while listening to rap. My favorites are Since's 나침반 (Compass) and Eminem's Beautiful Pain.
Some Korean artists whose music I like: 신스 (Since), 체리 필터 (Cherry Filter), CL, Day6, 가호 (Gaho), 넬 (Nell)
Ever since I went to school, I've received a lot of questions about my name because it's not a common Korean name. In the United States, many people ask if "Jane" is my "real name." Long story short, it's both my Korean name and English name. "제인" is how you would typically write "Jane" in Korean. For example, "Jane Austen" is "제인 오스틴" in Korean. The pronunciation of "제" roughly matches to "Ja" and "인" roughly matches to "ne." There's a behind story on how my parents got the idea, but in essence, they thought 제인 (Jane) is good for both.