Shao-Heng Ko

PhD Candidate
Computer Science, Duke University

About Me

I am a PhD candidate/course instructor at Duke CS, where I am advised by the amazing Kristin Stephens-Martinez. Shao-Heng is my first name; Shao is not.

My research interest is broadly in Computing/CS Education Research (CER/CSEd). This includes but does NOT equal to the art of teaching computing/CS -- that puts the emphasis on the wrong people. Instead, I think of CER/CSEd as studying how to make the learning environment better for computing/CS learners. Now, my actual research seeks to characterize computing students' help-seeking approach, behavior, and tendencies, with an emphasis on investigating help-seeking approach across multiple help resources and across multiple instructional contexts.

Before falling in love with CER/CSEd, my research has spanned some very theoretical and some very empirical subfields/topics but generally falls under the umbrella of algorithms for the real world, where the real world included e-commerce, pricing, social networks, as well as redistricting and gerrymandering. Those are documented in here.

Before Duke, I worked at Academia Sinica. Prior to that, I got my BS and MS from National Taiwan University. I am from the tropical harbor city Kaohsiung, Taiwan. From 1895-1945 the city was once Takao, Japan. In the 17th century, it was Takau, Dutch Formosa.


Date News
2024/5 My newest research project, titled The trees in the forest: characterizing computing students' individual help-seeking approaches, was unconditionally accepted into ACM ICER '24. I will be presenting the paper in Melbourne in August.
2024/5 I wrapped up my first class ever. This was the first class I taught as a instructor. It was a mandatory discrete math with 138 students in a regular semester, and I did it solo. It was quite a project! I will be writing a series of blog posts about it.
2023/11 A poster resulting from mentoring a project team in the Duke CS+ summer program got accepted to ACM SIGCSE TS '24. This marks my first research publication in which I served as mainly a project manager/research mentor.
2023/8 Attended SIGCSE 2023 Doctoral Consortium at ICER in Chicago in August (research statement).
2023/3 Presented my first paper in CER (What Drives Students to Office Hours: Individual Differences and Similarities) at ACM SIGCSE TS '23 in Toronto.
2022/12 Received the Bass Instructor of Record Fellowship, a teaching grant sponsored through the Duke Graduate School. As a result I will be teaching CompSci 230 (Discrete Math for CS) in the Spring 2024 semester.
2022/5 I started to work in CER.