Hello.
I’m a second year Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University. I am co-advised by Prof. Bob Kraut and Prof. Chinmay Kulkarni.

My current research examines two specific types of online communities: peer production community (e.g. Wikipedia) and health support community (e.g. Cancer Survivor Network). Leveraging users' current behavior online, we design new interventions and systems to faciliate interactions that happen in those communities.

Before coming to CMU, I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University, where I was advised by Prof. Sue Fussell. Back then, I worked on multi-cultural communication with CMC tools with Ge Gao.

I am a freelance writer for the Chinese "Go" magazine Weiqi World 《围棋天地》since 2015.

I love cats.

NEWS
2017.10.22
New piece on Shin Minjun 6P and Shin Jinseo 8p will be featured on Issue 21 of Weiqi World 2017. [pdf]
2017.09.22
Finished my PhD "comm talk", in fact my very first talk on my own paper!
2017.07.01
I wrote about the TV series Reply 1988 on Issue 13 of Weiqi World. [pdf]
2017.05.10
Wrapped up my first year as a PhD student. Learned a ton!
2017.04.27
Two papers subumitted to CSCW 2018. Huge thanks to my advisors and collaborators.
2017.02.28
Our ICWSM submission is accepted as a poster!
2017.01.17
Landed at Pitts and started my second semester.
2017.01.13
Our paper on self-disclosure was submitted to ICWSM-17, thanks to Diyi
2017.01.08
I have a new piece featured on Issue 3-4 of Weiqi World about Park Junghwan 9P. [pdf]
2016.12.16
Wrapped up my very first semester at CMU. Now to home and cats!
2016.09.28
Officially matched up with my advisor Bob Kraut!
2016.08.31
First day of class at CMU. First day as a PhD.
2016.08.22
Orientation started! Glad to see our cohort again :)
2016.08.05
Wrapped up my internship. Rocked the poster session! Olympic time!
2016.05.29
Started my second summer REU at CMU.
2016.05.25
Graduated from Cornell after five years! Bye-bye, Ithaca.
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PUBLICATIONS
2017
Diyi Yang, Zheng Yao, and Robert Kraut. (2017). Self-disclosure and Channel Difference in Online Health Support Groups. In Proceedings of the Eleventh International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-2017). [Poster]
2015
Amy Voida, Zheng Yao, and Matthias Korn. (2015). (Infra) structures of Volunteering. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW'15), 1704-1716. [Full Paper]
Ge Gao, Bin Xu, David C. Hau, Zheng Yao, Dan Cosley, and Susan R. Fussell. (2015). Two is better than one: improving multilingual collaboration by giving two machine translation outputs. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW'15), 852-863. [Full Paper]