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 | Resume


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Conference Papers:

  1. S. MacNeil, Z. Ding, Y. Sun, T. J. Parashos, K. Quan, S. P. Dow. The Problems with Problem Framing: Exploring How Novices Use Scaffolding based on Structural Decomposition to Craft Problem Statements. CHI’21, Yokohoma, Japan. (Under Review).
  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, Yokohoma, Japan. (Under Review).
  3. 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. (Under Review).
  4. 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).
  5. 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.

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 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.