News! I will be joining Google UX Research in Seattle/Kirkland.
My research centers on user experience and the social implications of computing. I take an empirically-grounded and human-centered approach, using mixed methods to 1) construct a holistic view of technology use in its cultural and political contexts and to 2) connect individual user experiences with collective societal impacts. The main topics of my recent work include social computing technologies in relation to news consumption and participation, self-directed learning, and well-being (e.g., stress, mood, multitasking, sleep).
I successfully defended my doctoral thesis in June 2017 and officially graduated from the University of California Irvine in August 2017. In the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine, I work with Professor Gloria Mark. Prior to joining in UC Irvine, I earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Peking University (Beijing University), China. You can find my full CV and a 2-page resume here.
Peer-reviewed Conference papers
Wang, Y. and Mark, G. (2017). Engaging with Political and Social Issues on Facebook in College Life. (Accepted) The ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Media (CSCW’17). [34% acceptance rate]
Mark, G., Wang, Y., Niiya, M. and Reich, S. (2016). Sleep Debt in Student Life: Online Attention Focus, Facebook, and Mood. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’16). [23% acceptance rate]
Wang, Y., Niiya, M., Mark, G., Reich, S. and Warschauer, M. (2015). Coming of Age (Digitally): An Ecological View of Social Media Use among College Students. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Media (CSCW’15). [28% acceptance rate]
Mark, G., Wang, Y. and Niiya, M. (2014). Stress and Multitasking in Everyday College Life: An Empirical Study of Online Activity. In Proceedings of the ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’14). [23% acceptance rate] Honorable Mention for Best Paper.
Wang, Y., Echenique, A., Shelton, M. and Mark, G. (2013). A Comparative Evaluation of Multiple Chat Stream Interfaces for Information-intensive Environments. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’13).[20% acceptance rate]
Wang, Y. and Mark, G. (2013). Trust in Online News: Comparing Social Media and Official Media Use by Chinese Citizens. InProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW’13). [36% acceptance rate]
Wang, Y. and Mark, G. (2016). News Trustworthiness and Verification in China: The Tension of Dual Media Channels. First Monday, vol.21, (2) (February 1). DOI:
Privman, R., Hiltz, R. and Wang, Y. (2013). In-Group (Us) / Out-Group (Them) Dynamics and Effectiveness in Partially Distributed Teams. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, vol. 56, (1), pp. 33-49.
Niiya, M., Reich, S., Wang, Y., Mark, G. and Warschauer, M. (2015) “I don’t really post”: Comparing Actual and Reported Facebook Use Among Emerging Adults. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting (SRCD’15). March 19-21, 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Niiya, M., Reich, S., Wang, Y., Mark, G. and Warschauer, M. (2015) Strictly by the Facebook: Unobtrusive Method for Differentiating Users. Presented at the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Media (CSCW’15). March 15, 2015, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Short papers and presentations
Wang, Y. and Mark G. (2016). A Mixed-methods Study of College Students’ Informal Learning on Facebook. (Accepted) The 7th Annual Digital Media and Learning Conference (DML’16), October6-7, 2016, Irvine, California.
Wang, Y. (2012). A Case Study of Censor Circumvention in Chinese Micro-blogging Site. Presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Digital Ethics, October 29, 2012, Chicago.
Wang, Y. and Steffen-Fluhr, N. (2011). Increasing the Reliability, Sustainability and Scalability of Social Network Data Collection. Presented at the 31st International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, February 8 – 13, 2011, Florida.