I am a second-year PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University in the School of Computer Science's Human-Computer Interaction Institute. I am advised by Professor Haiyi Zhu in the Social AI Group.
Previously, I graduated from Cornell University (BS in Computer Science '19) and worked as a software engineer at Amazon.
I've lived in: Indiana, upstate New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Pittsburgh I love: drawing, papermaking, coffee-making, reading, looking at big mountains, indie rock and neo-psychedelic music I'm currently learning: ceramics (wheel-throwing), the drums
Most importantly, I have a 10-year-old greyhound named Milo, who is a former field trial racer adopted in 2019 from GPI. Many greyhounds are rescued racers and now in need of good homes. They are famously lazy, quiet, and great for apartments. Please consider adopting a greyhound if you're looking for a dog! I'm also a volunteer for Pittsburgh's local animal rescues and am happy to chat with anyone wanting to get involved.
My research is in social computing, and focuses on the networks and mechanisms of online communities. I'm interested in how the network algorithms and structures of online communities can enable both personal well-being (e.g. mental wellness) and community well-being (e.g. productive discourse). My work is mostly within network science, social science, and applied artificial intelligence.
Some recent and/or representative work of my interests are:
- Exploring the Relationship Between Community-Generated Rules and Discussion Structures: A Case of Reddit.Anna Fang, Haiyi Zhu
- Agent-based Simulation of Real-Time Algorithmic Matching for Online Mental Health Communities.Yuhan Liu*, Anna Fang*, Robert Kraut, Glen Moriarty, Cris Firman, Haiyi Zhu
- Matching for Peer Support: Exploring Algorithmic Matching for Online Mental Health Communities.Anna Fang, Haiyi Zhu (CSCW '22)
- Does Bad News Spread Faster?Anna Fang, Zina Ben Miled (ICNC '17)
I was formerly a competitive artist in Indiana for a decade, primarily in graphite portraits. Nowadays I mostly experiment in pop surrealism (i.e. low brow art) and portrait sketches using a variety of mediums. I also enjoy other visual & applied art, such as ceramics, jewelry-making, and papermaking. Although I no longer compete, some of my sketchbook and other art hobbies can be found at @brainfree.ze.