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About me

  • PhD Candidate in Information Science at Cornell Tech (2014 - present)
  • Advisor: Mor Naaman
  • Minor: Computer Science


  • Research Intern at Facebook, Core Data Science, New York


  • Research Intern at Facebook, Core Data Science, Menlo Park (Summer 2018)
  • Research Intern at Facebook, New York (Summer 2017)
  • Research Intern at Airbnb, San Francisco (Summer 2016)
  • Electronics Engineering Undergrad at Peking University, Beijing (2010-2014)


  • Web-Based VR Experiments Powered by the Crowd. Xiao Ma, Megan Cackett, Leslie Park, Eric Chien, Mor Naaman. The Web Conference 2018 (WWW 2018). [pdf] [slides] [code] [blog] [demo]
  • A Computational Approach to Perceived Trustworthiness of Airbnb Host Profiles. Xiao Ma, Trishala Neeraj, Mor Naaman. ICWSM 2017. [pdf] [dataset] [details]
  • Self-disclosure and Perceived Trustworthiness of Airbnb Host Profiles. Xiao Ma, Jeff Hancock, Kenneth Lim Mingjie, and Mor Naaman. CSCW 2017. Honorable Mention for Best Paper. [pdf] [slides] [details] [media]
  • What Happens in happn? The Warranting Power of Location History. Xiao Ma, Emily Sun, and Mor Naaman. CSCW 2017. [pdf] [slides] [details]
  • "People are Either too Fake or too Real": Opportunities and Challenges in Tie-based Anonymity. Xiao Ma, Nazanin Andalibi, Louise Barkhuus, Mor Naaman. CHI 2017. [pdf] [slides] [details]
  • Anonymity, Intimacy and Self-Disclosure in Social Media. Xiao Ma, Jeff Hancock, Mor Naaman. CHI 2016. [pdf] [slides] [details]


  • Oct 2018 Speaking at the Crowdsourcing Week, DC.
  • Sep 2018 Speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration, Houston.
  • Dec 2017 Paper accepted at WWW.
  • Feb 2017 Poster accepted at ICWSM.
  • Jan 2017 Honorable Mention for Best Paper at CSCW.
  • Jan 2017 Recognized as Facebook PhD Fellowship finalist.

In Action

CHI 2017: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
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  • Nov 2018 CSCW 2018, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jun 2018 ICWSM 2018, Stanford, California
  • Apr 2018 WWW 2018, Lyon, France
  • May 2017 ICWSM 2017, Montreal, Canada
  • May 2017 CHI 2017, Denver, CO
  • Feb 2017 CSCW 2017, Portland, OR
  • May 2016 CHI 2016, San Jose, CA
  • Feb 2016 CSCW 2016, San Francisco, CA
  • Jan - Mar 2016 Visiting Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • Jan 12, 2016 Talk @ Haifa University, Israel

Things dear to heart

  • Music
  • Minimalism
  • Black clothes


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