Now a Ph.D.

August 2020 @ Atlanta, GA, USA

I passed my PhD dissertation oral defense yesterday and was extremely lucky that no revision was required for my dissertation document. So from now on I’m formally a PhD in Human-Centered Computing! I’m super grateful to all the help and encouragement received along this journey.

Start working at TikTok this Fall

July 2020 @ Atlanta, GA, USA

I will start working at TikTok as a UX researcher this Fall.

EASST/4S Prague 2020 abstract accepted

April 2020 @ Atlanta, GA, USA

My abstract Knowledge Construction in an “Infodemic:” Roles of Social Media in Chinese People’s Life during Coronavirus Outbreak is accepted by EASST/4S Prague 2020. The conference will be held virtually from August 18th to 21st, and I will be presenting this abstract then.

Chinese CHI 2020 workshop paper accepted

Feb 2020 @ Atlanta, GA, USA

My paper Marketplace for Choice and Independence: Young Chinese’s Social Commerce Practices on WeChat is accepted by the Chinese CHI 2020 workshop. It is co-authored with my PhD advisor Dr. Betsy DiSalvo, my colleagues Shengxi Wu and Susan Faulkner. I will be presenting this paper in Hawaii this April. (Update: The workshop will be held online on May 30th. I will be presenting this paper still!)

CHI 2020 paper accepted

Jan 2020 @ Atlanta, GA, USA

My paper User’s Role in Platform Infrastructuralization: WeChat as an Exemplar is accepted by the 2020 ACM CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. It is co-authored with my PhD advisor Dr. Betsy DiSalvo, and I will be presenting this paper in Hawaii this April.

4S abstract accepted

March 18th, 2019 @ Atlanta, GA, USA

My abstract WeChat as an Infrastructure in Contemporary China is accepted by the 2019 Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) in New Orleans. I will be there in early September.

Now a Ph.D. Candidate

January 31st, 2019 @ Atlanta, GA, USA

I passed my proposal presentation talk, with all the support from my peers, friends, and committee. So I guess I’m now a PhD candidate. 😀

Recent Two Talks

October 19th, 2018 @ Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

I will give two “talks” recently. More accurately, I’m going to share my research and thoughts on making life decisions with some younger folks. Both talks are internal, only available for students in the corresponding schools.

1. Human-Computer Interaction and the Relation Between Technology and Culture: Use WeChat as an Example

  • Time: Oct 23rd, Tue
  • Location: Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen

2. Future Job Selection and Planning Class

  • Time: Nov 1st, Thu
  • Location: Shenzhen Middle School, Shenzhen

Doing fieldwork in China: Beijing & Shenzhen

July 16th, 2018 @ Mountain View, CA, USA

I’m heading back to China in early August to conduct some fieldwork. I will be going to Beijing first, staying from mid-August until late September, and then getting back to Shenzhen. This fieldwork will last for 4 months so I won’t be back to the U.S. until in December. If you will also be in Beijing/Shenzhen, let me know. Otherwise, you are more than welcome to check in my blog posts to see my updates.

Got the Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Society

May 28th, 2018 @ Mountain View, CA, USA

Upon my completion of the Social Justice and Design class this Spring, I have gotten the Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Society (STS). Since 2016, I have taken four classes in total to get this certificate. It has been such a wonderful journey full of challenges. Now is the time to do something with STS!

Will intern at Facebook this summer

February 1st, 2018 @ Atlanta, USA

I haven’t updated this page for awhile, so maybe now is a good time to put some new information up. I’m going to intern at Facebook (Menlo Park) this summer from May to August. I look forward to meeting people and learning new stuff there. If you are nearby, let’s grab a cup of coffee/milk tea together!

Passed qualification exam!

April 20th, 2017 @ Atlanta, USA

Passed PhD qualification exam today! Finished the written part a month ago and took the oral exam today. Yay!

Paper accepted by DIS 2017

March 13th, 2017 @ Atlanta, USA

My paper Navigating Media Use: Chinese Parents and Their Overseas Adolescent Children on WeChat is accepted by the 2017 ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems. I thank my co-authors Zhonghe Wen and Muchao Tang, who are both awesome HCI master students at Georgia Tech, as well as Dr. Betsy DiSalvo, who has offered so much support.

Papers accepted by CHI 2017

January 13th, 2017 @ Atlanta, USA

My first paper, Goodbye Text, Hello Emoji: Mobile Communication on WeChat in China, is accepted by the 2017 ACM CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. I will present this paper in Denver this May. I have co-authored another paper, Rice Today, Roti Tomorrow: Diets and Diabetes in Urban Indian Households, and it will be presented by my awesome colleague and friend Jasmine Hentschel. Hope to see you there!

As a fellow for GaTech SLS FEWS program

April 18th, 2016 @ Atlanta, USA

I was recently nominated by my advisor Prof. Neha Kumar as a fellow for Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain Food, Energy, Water Systems (FEWS) program, and I was formally accepted yesterday (yeah!). I will be granted $1,000 and attending 6 workshops during the second half of this year, to work on projects relevant to FEWS and sustainability. Very excited and cannot wait to meet and collaborate with new people and learn more knowledge!

Idea track runner-up and best poster in Ideas to Serve competition

April 8th, 2016 @ Atlanta, USA

Our team Eating Right, including Samyukta Sherugar (a first-year Master student in HCI), Tanisha Wagh (a second-year Master student in HCI), Jasmine Hentschel (a design researcher at THRIVE), and myself, won both the Ideas Track Runner Up and Best Poster in 2016 Ideas to Serve (I2S) Competition held by Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech! Together these two awards worth $2,500! What an encouragement for all of us. 🙂 Special thank to our mentor and advisor Prof. Neha Kumar, who supported us all the way along.

Accepted to attend CRA-Women Grad Cohort workshop

January 26th, 2016 @ Atlanta, USA

I am accepted to attend CRA-Women Grad Cohort Workshop in April, from 15th to 16th. So I will be in San Diego soon. Pretty excited about this! 😀

First workshop proposal accepted

January 23rd, 2016 @ Atlanta, USA

My proposal Agricultural Knowledge Management in Rural China: Learning from Existing Approaches in India was just accepted by Development Consortium under CHI 2016. This proposal was a collaboration with Jasmine Hentschel from University of Michigan and Dr. Neha Kumar, my advisor at Georgia Institute of Technology. This was my first workshop proposal so I was thrilled because of its acceptance! Will be flying to San Jose in May. 😀