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Wei Dong

PhD Candidate

Areas of Interest

Cross-cultural comparison on social network structures, and people's mental representation on social relations and social networks


Wei is a PhD candidate in Information Science at Cornell University. Her advisor is Prof. Michael Macy and she works in the SDL Lab. Before joining Cornell, she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Peking University, a Master of Art in Developmental Psychology and a Master of Science in Human Factors from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She is interested in understanding how different social network structures evolve and develop in Eastern and Western countries. She is also curious about how social networks are learned and mentally represented in human mind. She is trying to build computational models to represent this cognitive process.

She has also done studies in human-computer interaction, such as users' identity management on social media and users' sensemaking and information seeking behavior on the web. For more information, please visit her webpage.


Conference Proceedings

Paik J., Pirolli, P., Dong, W., Lebiere, C., & Thomson. (2013). An ACT-R Model of Sensemaking in a Geospatial Intelligence Task. Proceedings, Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling & Simulation, Ottawa, Canada.

Dong, W., & Fu, W.-T. (2012). One piece at a time: Why video-based communication is better for negotiation and conflict resolution. Proceedings, ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Seattle, WA. (Honorable Mention, top 5%)

Dong, W., & Fu, W.-T. (2011). Conflict Resolution in Remote Collaborative Problem Solving: A Comparison of Different Computer Mediated Communication Methods. The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

Dong, W. (2011). Cultural Difference in Image Searching. Student Research Competition, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Vancouver, Canada.(2nd Place Award)

Fu, W.-T., & Dong, W. (2010). Facilitating Knowledge Exploration in Folksonomies: Expertise Ranking by Link and Semantic Structures.Symposium on Social Intelligence and Networking, Minneapolis, MN.

Dong, W., & Fu, W.-T. (2010). Cultural Difference in Image Tagging. Proceedings, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Atlanta, GA.

Dong, W., & Fu, W.-T. (2010). Toward a Cultural-Sensitive Image Tagging Interface. Proceedings, International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), Hong Kong.

Wang, Y., Dong, W., & Fu, W.-T. (2010). To Customize or Not to Customize? The Use of a Customization Tool to Augment Information Indexing in a Computer Desktop Environment. Proceedings, Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), San Francisco, CA.

Journal Articles

Fu, W.-T., & Dong, W. (2012). From Collaborative Indexing to Knowledge Exploration: A Social Learning Model. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 27(1), 39-46.

Other Publications and Presentations

Fu, W.-T., Chin, J., Dong, W., & Liao, Q. V. (2012). Interactive Skills and Dual Learning Processes. In Norbert M. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning.

Dong, W., & Fu, W.-T. (2010). Learning and Use of Memory-based vs. Recognition-based Methods in Interactive Skill Acquisition: A Cognitive Model. Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO.