Ying Ma

Hi there! ๐Ÿ‘‹ Iโ€™m a PhD Candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Group at The University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Jorge Goncalves, Dr. Jarrod Knibbe and Dr. Zhanna Sarsenbayeva.

My research encompasses the domains of human-computer interaction, social computing, and geo-location informatics. Especially, my research focuses on online communities such as social networking sites, including the perception and behavior of individuals regarding their online privacy, strategies to combat misinformation and facilitate informed credibility decisions, designing novel interfaces to enhance user experiences in online environments, etc.

Feel free to contact me in case you have interest or questions regarding my work. ๐Ÿค

๐Ÿ“ฎEmail: ying.ma1[at]student.unimelb.edu.au

๐ŸŽ“ Education

University of Melbourne

๐Ÿ“ Melbourne ยท Victoria ยท Australia

PhD Candidate in HCI
School of Computing and Information Systems
2022 - 2025

New York University

๐Ÿ“ Brooklyn ยท New York ยท United States

Master of Computer Engineering
Tandon School of Engineering

GPA: 3.7

2019 - 2021

Northwestern Polytechnical University

๐Ÿ“ Xi'an ยท Shaanxi ยท China

Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology
School of Computer Science

GPA: 81

2015 - 2019

National Taipei University of Technology

๐Ÿ“ Taipei ยท Taiwan

Exchange Student
School of Computer Science and Information

GPA: 4.0


๐Ÿ’ผ Experience

Vice President of AI Development Group - University of Melbourne

๐Ÿ“ Melbourne ยท Victoria ยท Australia

  • Organizing weekly meetups to discuss AI-related topics.
  • From March 2024 - Now

    Research Assistant - University of Melbourne

    ๐Ÿ“ Melbourne ยท Victoria ยท Australia

  • Social Media data analysis
  • From Nov 2023 - Now

    Academic Tutor - University of Melbourne

    ๐Ÿ“ Melbourne ยท Victoria ยท Australia

    COMP90018 Mobile Computing Systems Programming
  • Instructed students on using Android Studio, including the setup, workflow, debugging, and deployment of applications
  • Taught students to incorporate various sensors from mobile devices into Android applications, enabling the creation of interactive and context-aware functionality
  • 2023 semester 2
    COMP10003 Media computation
  • Delivered weekly in-person two-hour tutorials to undergraduate students, conducting hands-on exercises, and addressing student questions and difficulties
  • Offered individual consultations, assessed student progress, and provided constructive feedback to enhance their skills in web development using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Reviewed and graded projects and tests, offering feedback to enhance student understanding
  • 2023 & 2024 semester 1
    INFO10003 Fundamentals of Interaction design
  • Delivered weekly online and in-person tutorials to undergraduate students
  • Provided one-on-one and small group instructional support to students in various areas such as UI/UX design and academic wirting
  • Reviewed and graded assignments and prototypes, offering feedback to enhance student understanding
  • 2022 semester 2

    Software Development & Test Engineer - Baidu, Inc.

    ๐Ÿ“ Beijing ยท China   ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Full - time

    Xiaodu Smart Speaker Divsion
  • Developed programs to enhance testing efficiency, facilitate real-time monitoring of online issues & alarm, and constructed automatic test framework
  • Experienced working for different modules and products includes Smart Speaker, Smart Dictionary Pen and membership and payment
  • Worked in Technology Center to implement disaster recovery transformations, ensuring the resilience and robustness of services
  • Oct 2021 - Mar 2022

    Research Intern - Dartmouth College

    ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Remote

  • Investigated and analysis users' interaction needs for different smart things using computational material and makers' needs for large scale fabrication
  • Research on algorithms for object localization and recognition of computational material
  • Dec 2020 - Apr 2021

    Full Stack development Intern - Union Group USA, Inc.

    ๐Ÿ“ NYC ยท United State   ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Part - time

  • Lead a team to develop a full-stack website use Bootstrap for front-end and PHP-Laravel for backend
  • Finished the functions includes job/article/video posts, archives, user management, personal recommendation, login control, live assistant, station message, share to the third part, etc
  • Determined the structure and design of web pages and ensure web design is optimized for portable devices
  • June 2020 - Feb 2021

    ๐Ÿ“– Publications


  • Ying Ma, Qiushi Zhou, Benjamin Tag, Zhanna Sarsenbayeva, Jarrod Knibbe, Jorge Goncalves (2023). โ€œHello, Fellow Villager!โ€: Perceptions and Impact of Displaying Usersโ€™ Locations on Weibo. Proceedings of the 19th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACTโ€™23) ๐Ÿ† Best Student Paper Nomination

  • Academic Service

  • Social Media Chair: MobileHCI 2024
  • Web Chair: Augment Humans 2024
  • Paper Reviewer: CHI-LBW, CSCW, ISS, IDC, CUI, DIS, MobileHCI, INTERACT, UbiComp, ISWC
  • Student Volunteer: VIS 2023
  • ๐Ÿ† Awards & Scholarships

    • People's Choice Best Poster - CIS Doctoral Colloquium, The University of Melbourne 2023
    • Eng & IT / CIS Conference Travel Scholarship, The University of Melbourne 2023
    • Melbourne Research Scholarship, The University of Melbourne 2022 ~ 2025
    • Second Prize Scholarships, Northwestern Polytechnical University 2017 ~ 2018
    • Exchange Travel Scholarships, Northwestern Polytechnical University 2018
    • 1st The 11th ICAN International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Western Division 2017
    • 1st The 12th โ€œNXPโ€ Cup College Student Smart Car Competition Western Division 2017
    • 2nd China Undergraduate Mathematical contest in Modeling Competition Shaanxi Division 2017