About

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Humans and Machines (CHM) at Max Planck Institute for Human Development. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from The University of Colorado Boulder in 2020, advised by Dr. Qin Lv and Dr. Chenhao Tan.

My research interests lie at the intersection of computational social science and ubiquitous computing, with an emphasize on bridging the gap between online and offline worlds for advancing the understanding of human behavior and society.

I am also generally interested in data science, human + AI, and natural language processing.

Here is my Curriculum Vitae.

News and Events

  • 07.2020. Successfully defend my thesis and complete all the Ph.D. requirements (News).
  • 07.2020. Our Reddit COVID-19 paper is covered by CU Boulder Today (New).
  • 04.2020. Receive the Outstanding PhD Research Award, AY 19-20, Computer Science Department, University of Colorado Boulder (New).
  • 01.2020. Get the Second-Place Award at CU Boulder's Three Minute Thesis Competition.
  • 11.2019. In a live interview with NBC 9News, we share our findings about tribalism and polarization in NBA-related discussion forums on Reddit.
  • 11.2019. Our Intergroup contact NBA paper is covered by CU Boulder Today. It also inspires a mixed of civil and uncivil discussions in /r/NBA.
  • 09.2019. Present the GEVR paper at ACM UbiComp 2019 in London.
  • 09.2019. Write a blog article for our Intergroup Contact paper at Towards Data Science .
  • 08.2019. Finish my summer internship at the Political Investigations Team at Twitter.
  • 05.2019. Receive the SIGCHI Student Travel Grant for UbiComp 2019.
  • 04.2019. Receive the Outstanding PhD Research Award, AY 18-19, Computer Science Department, University of Colorado Boulder.

Selected Publications

Awards

  • 04.2020. Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award AY 2019-2020, Computer Science Department, University of Colorado Boulder (One of the four recipients).
  • 01.2020. Second-Place Award at CU Boulder's Three Minute Thesis Speech Competition (2nd place among 30 candidates).
  • 12.2019. NSF Computer Systems Research (CSR) Spotlight Project: OutWithFriendz.
  • 11.2019. Final Round of Three Minute Thesis Speech Competition, University of Colorado Boulder (Top-10 among 30 candidates).
  • 05.2019. SIGCHI Student Travel Grant, ACM UbiComp 2019.
  • 04.2019. Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award AY 2018-2019, Computer Science Department, University of Colorado Boulder (One of the four recipients).
  • 05.2019. Google Ph.D. Fellowship Nomination By University of Colorado Boulder (One of the two nominations)
  • 11.2018. The Best Paper Runner-up Award, ACM SenSys 2018 (Top-6 among 147 submissions).
  • 09.2018. Student Travel Grant, ACM UbiComp 2018.
  • 09.2018. International Travel Grant, Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder.
  • 07.2018. International Travel Grant, Graduate School, University of Colorado Boulder.
  • 09.2015-05.2016. Dean's Graduate Assistantship, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado Boulder.
  • 10.2013. Gold Medal, Best Utility, and Best Interaction Awards in the Software Design Contest, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1st place among 763 teams).

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant, CSCI 6000 Introduction to Ph.D., Fall 2019.
  • Teaching Assistant, CSCI 2270 Data Structure, Spring 2019.
  • Teaching Assistant, CSCI 3104 Algorithms, Fall 2015.

Miscellaneous

In my free time, I am a big sports fan. I am closely following the NBA, NFL, UFC, and English Premier League and have attended many live games. I am more fascinated by unique individuals than particular teams. The sports personalities I am currently tracking are Lonzo Ball, José Mourinho, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

You read this section until this line probably because you are also interested in sports. I have two CSCW papers closely related to this subject. In the first paper, , we provide a large-scale NBA fan community characterization on Reddit. In the second paper, , we study how tribalism and polarization reflected in online communities using the existing structure of these NBA fan groups.