Kai Ye (they/them) is a research scientist at Basis Research Institute and a research fellow at the Center for Arts, Design + Social Research. Formerly a PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research PhD Fellow, Ye’s work applies computing techniques (particularly from the fields of information visualization, human-computer interaction, and participatory design) to engage communities in co-designing technologies that support their needs, with a focus on contexts that have been traditionally overlooked by the computing mainstream.

Ye's work has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, Nature, and VICE Motherboard. They received a BA in computer science from Princeton University in 2016. They are based in Oakland, CA.