EECS Graduate Student Amy Zhang has been named a 2016 Google PhD Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction. Google’s fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students conducting exceptional research in Computer Science and related disciplines.
Amy’s current research focuses on studying, designing, and building systems to improve discussion and collaboration on the web. The aim of her research is to build new systems to tackle the problems plaguing discussion spaces online today, including problems with scale, harassment, a diversity of desires and access mechanisms, and polarization. Zhang is interested in applying her work in the domains of social media design, news, political discourse, education, and civic engagement. Her general areas of research are social computing, HCI, and computational social science. Zhang had also previously been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and had completed an MPhil in Computer Science as a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge. In her free time, Amy is a volunteer coach for the MIT Women’s Tennis team and serves as resident tutor at Cabot House, a undergraduate residential house at Harvard University.
Amy Zhang wishes to express her thanks and gratitude to her PhD advisor Professor David Karger, to her lab mates and mentees in the Haystack and UID groups, as well as all her collaborators, former advisors, and internship mentors.