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 with a BS in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer at Amazon.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, I was born & raised in Indiana, did my undergrad in the tiny but beautiful Ithaca, NY, and spent a year working in Seattle, WA. I've been able to work on a cool variety of things up to this point, including visualization tools for spacecrafts, recommender systems, and global e-commerce platforms.
Outside of work, I love drawing, coffee-making, botany, filmmaking, and extremely spicy food. I have a 9-year-old greyhound named Milo, who is a former field trial racer and was adopted in 2019 from the wonderful GPI.
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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), particularly in self-sustaining and self-correcting ways. My work is mostly situated in network science, social science, and (applied) AI.
I'm happy to chat with folks interested in pursuing graduate school, particularly those belonging to underrepresented groups in computing! Feel free to reach out by email (amfang [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu). If interested in similar work, research done by my advisor Dr. Haiyi Zhu, CMU Social Computing, or the CoALA lab might be of interest.