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About me

  • PhD in Information Science at Cornell Tech, advised by Mor Naaman
  • Mixed-methods HCI/UX researcher: trust, anonymity, self-disclosure
  • Amateur hacker: "Demo, don't tell!"
  • Art and music lover
  • Fluctuating photographer

Currently

  • UX research intern at Facebook, New York (Summer 2017)

Previously

  • UX research intern at Airbnb
  • Entrepreneur: founded and ran Wuyan, an online consulting group
  • Producer intern at New York Times Beijing
  • Consecutive interpreter between English and Chinese
  • Micro-electronics undergrad: no more bunny suits!

News

  • Feb 2017 Poster accepted at ICWSM.
  • Jan 2017 Honorable Mention for Best Paper at CSCW.
  • Jan 2017 Recognized as Facebook PhD Fellowship finalist.
  • Dec 2016 Feature article on XDRS.
  • Dec 2016 Paper accepted at CHI 2017.
  • Sep 2016 Two papers accepted at CSCW 2017.
  • Jun 2016 Had a blast at HCIC.
  • Jun 2016 Began internship at Airbnb HQ, San Francisco.
  • Jan 2016 Extended abstract accepted at CSCW 2016.
  • Dec 2015 Demo accepted at CSCW 2016.
  • Dec 2015 First paper accepted at CHI 2016.
  • Sep 2014 Started PhD program at Cornell Tech

Travels

  • 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

Current projects

  • Writing literature review for my A-exam
  • Building a web app that can automatically predicts perceived trustworthiness of Airbnb host profiles
  • Collecting a cocktail recipe dataset to create a drink counterpart of Dan Jurafsky's The Language of Food
  • Writing a 10-week Art + HCI blog series

Things dear to heart

  • Minimalism
  • Black clothes
  • AI-related gadgets
  • Women's access to VR/AR: to establish trust and combat harassment

Contact

xiao at jacobs o cornell o edu

Social

I am always on the lookout for good company to join me in: