About Me

My name is Zijian (Jason) Ding, a graduate student in UC San Diego working with Prof. Steven Dow. My research focuses are social computing and collective innovation. I am the recipient of scholarships and grants above US$137,000 (HK$106,2000).

I have two journal articles and two conference publications, with 2 Best Paper Awards, Best GPA Award, Best Final Year Project Award, Dean’s Honors List, etc. Previously I studied in the University of Cambridge, the National University of Singapore, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of British Columbia. You could contact me by email: zding at ucsd dot edu | Download CV



  1. MacNeil. S., Ding. Z., Boone. A., Grubbs. A.B., Dow. S. (2020). “Participatory Design at Scale: How Design Unfolds in An Online Community Discussion Forum”. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW’20), 2020. (Under review)
  2. Chang. R., Wang. Q., Ding. Z. (2018). “Revolutionizing urban energy planning: A roadmap towards city-level energy modelling in Australia”. International Conference on Construction Project Management and Construction Engineering, Sydney, Dec. 3-6. (Best Paper Award, Runners-Up)
  3. Wang. Q., Zhang. S., Wei D., Ding. Z. (2018). “Additive Manufacturing (AM): A Revolutionized Power for Construction Industrialization”. International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, Charleston, Aug. 9-10. (Best Paper Award)


  1. Chang. R., Wang. Q., Ding. Z. (2019). “How is the Energy Performance of Buildings Assessed in Australia? -A Comparison between four Evaluation Systems”. International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, 8(2), 133-137.
  2. Chang S., Wang, Q., Hu, H., Ding Z., Guo H. (2018). “An NNwC MPPT-Based Energy Supply Solution for Sensor Nodes in Buildings and Its Feasibility Study”. Energies, 12(1), 1-20.

Mentioned on the departmental publications

About My University Experience

Below is an interview of me, named “How to make the most use of your university experience“. It was shot in August 2018 and until Jun 2019 it has 43,500+ views on YouTube. Honestly, every one has regrets and so do I – I never thought I did make the most use of my undergraduate experience. Luckily, I am still in a university now and have the chance to fulfill myself.