About Me

Technological innovations and unprecedented challenges like global pandemic are dramatically changing the way people work. In the face of increasing automation and artificial intelligence in workplace and in society, we need to rethink the role of people and their relationships to technology. As an HCI researcher, I am passionate about investigating how to augment and enhance people’ performance in human-centered and creative tasks with which automation typically falls short.

Over the past two years, I have worked as a researcher in the UCSD Design Lab, working with Prof. Steven Dow and Dr. Stephen MacNeil. Recently I am working with Prof. Xiaojuan Ma at HKUST. The research that I am currently doing led to papers accepted to CHI, CSCW and CHIIR. You could contact me by email: zding at ucsd dot edu | Resume


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Conference Papers:

  1. S.MacNeil, Z. Ding, A. Boone, A. B. Grubbs, S. P. Dow. Participatory Design at Scale: How Design Unfolds in An Online Community Discussion Forum. CSCW’21. (Accepted).
  2. S. Palani, Z. Ding, A. Nguyen, A. Chuang, S. MacNeil, S. P. Dow. CoNotate: Suggesting Queries Based on Notes Promotes Knowledge Discovery. CHI’21. (Accepted).
  3. S. MacNeil, Z. Ding, K. Quan, T. J. Parashos, Y. Sun, S. P. Dow. Framing Creative Work: Helping Novices Frame Better Problems through Interactive Scaffolding. C&C’21. (Accepted).
  4. S. Palani, Z. Ding, S. MacNeil, S. P. Dow. The “Active Search” Hypothesis: How Search Strategies Relate to Creative Learning. CHIIR’21. (Short Paper).
  5. R. Chang, Q. Wang, Z. Ding. Revolutionizing Urban Energy Planning: A Roadmap Towards City-level Energy Modelling in Australia. ICCPMCE’18, Sydney, Australia. (Best Paper Award).
  6. Q. Wang, S. Zhang, D. Wei, Z. Ding. Additive Manufacturing (AM): A Revolutionized Power for Construction Industrialization. ICCREM’18, Charleston, USA. (Best Paper Award)


  1. S. Chang, Q. Wang, H. Hu, Z. Ding, H. Guo. An NNwC MPPT-Based Energy Supply Solution for Sensor Nodes in Buildings. Energies, 12(1), 1-20. (10+ Citations from 2018).
  2. R. Chang, Q. Wang, Z. Ding. 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.

About My University Experience

Below is an interview of me, named “How to make the most use of your university experience“. It was published in Jan 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.