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Wanheng Hu

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Incoming Postdoc - Embedded Ethics Fellow

Wanheng Hu will receive his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University this summer, where he is also completing a minor in Media Studies and is part of the Artificial Intelligence, Policy, and Practice (AIPP) initiative. His research lies at the intersection of social studies of science, medicine, and technology; critical data/algorithm studies; and public engagement with science. His dissertation examines the cultivation of credible machine learning algorithms in complex expert practices, with an empirical focus on image-based diagnostics within the Chinese medical AI industry. Another line of his work reflects on the role of ordinary citizens in technoscientific affairs, particularly concerning AI development. Before Cornell, Wanheng studied at Peking University, where he obtained an M.Phil. in Philosophy of Science and Technology, a B.L. in Sociology, and a B.Sc. in Biomedical English. He is currently an affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute. Wanheng will join the Center as an Embedded Ethics Fellow in partnership with the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and the Computer Science Department.