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Zixin Zhao

Graduate Student – MSC

I am a graduate student pursuing a masters degree in Computer Science at Ontario Tech University.  My bachelor’s degree was completed in 2021 at the University of Alberta where I majored in Electrical Engineering and minored in Computer Science.  My main research interests are natural language processing, specifically in language development and language learning contexts, and human-computer interaction.  My previous projects involved apparent age approximation, web development for a language learning application, and negative language transfer.

During my spare time, I enjoy pottery, painting, sewing, and all sorts of crafty indoor activities.  Also, I previously went by the name Nicole but have now opted to go by my birth name Zixin.


If you wish to contact me, you can email me at


  • C. Collins, S. Arbour, N. Beals, S. Yama, J. Laffier, and Z. Zhao, “Covid Connect: Chat-Driven Anonymous Story-Sharing for Peer Support,” in ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, 2022.



    title={Covid Connect: Chat-Driven Anonymous Story-Sharing for Peer Support},

    author={Collins, Christopher and Arbour, Simone and Beals, Nathan and Yama, Shawn and Laffier, Jennifer and Zhao, Zixin},

    booktitle = {ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference},

    month = jun,

    year = 2022,

    doi = {10.1145/3532106.3533545}


  • Z. Zhao, “Gloss Positioning for a Gaze Aware L2 Reading Aid,” Master Thesis, 2023.

    author={Zixin Zhao}, 
    title={Gloss Positioning for a Gaze Aware L2 Reading Aid}, 
    school={University of Ontario Institute of Technology}, 

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