Ruijia Cheng

"Regina" 程瑞加

HCI Researcher

Hi, I'm Regina! I'm a PhD candidate in the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) department at University of Washington (UW), advised by Dr. Benjamin Mako Hill and Dr. Jennifer Turns and also closely working with Dr. Sayamindu Dasgupta. I am part of the Community Data Science Collective research group. Before joining UW, I was a member of the Design Lab at University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

My research is centered on this overarching question: how can we support novices to work on open-ended creative projects (e.g., data analysis, visualization, creative programming) by leveraging online community and AI? I conduct mixed-method and design research to approach this question: I do interviews and online ethnography to understand novices' practices and challenges when learning in online communities and how can AI help in the process; I use machine learning and computational methods on large-scale datasets to test qualitative insights and theories; I also develop prototypes to test solutions and probe for users' needs. More generally, I’m interested in topics about data literacies, data science and programming support, creativity, and human-AI collaboration.

During my free time, I enjoy creating digital fanarts and, most recently, 3D models. I also like reading, cooking, hiking, practicing martial arts, watching figure skating, and researching the evolution and history of languages around the world, especially the Wu variety of Chinese (or rather, its own language, but that's a longer conversation).


UPDATES

05/2022

Attended CHI'22 in-person! It was so fun to meet old and new friends and learn about cool research! I presented our paper "How Interest-Driven Content Creation Shapes Opportunities for Informal Learning in Scratch: A Case Study on Novices’ Use of Data Structures" that received the Best Paper Honorable Mention award! Check out the slides and the live recording of my talk!

04/2022

I passed my dissertation proposal on Understanding and Designing for Data Literacies in Online Communities! Now I'm ABD!

04/2022

Happy to announce that 2 new papers have been accepted to NAACL'22 with the special track theme of human-centered NLP! These papers are based on works that I did during my internship at Dataminr with Dr. Alison Smith-Renner and Dr. Ke Zhang. More about these papers will be posted soon!

03/2022

Happy to announce that 2 new papers - "Many Destinations, Many Pathways: A Quantitative Analysis of Legitimate Peripheral Participation in Scratch" with Dr. Benjamin Mako Hill and "Feedback Exchange and Online Affinity: A Case Study of Online Fanfiction Writers" with Jenna Frens - have been accepted to CSCW'22! More about these papers will be posted soon!

03/2022

Thrilled to announce that my paper with Dr. Benjamin Mako Hill and Dr. Sayamindu Dasgupta titled "How Interest-Driven Content Creation Shapes Opportunities for Informal Learning in Scratch: A Case Study on Novices’ Use of Data Structures" has received the Best Paper Honorable Mention award at CHI'22! See this blog post to learn more about the paper!

02/2022

Excited to announce that I will join the Developer Velocity Lab at Microsoft Research as a research intern this summer! I will be working with Dr. Denae Ford on projects related to online developer communities and human-AI collaboration in programming!