Tone's Curriculum Vitae

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University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
PhD in Cognitive Science
May 2022 (anticipated)
Cornell University​, I​thaca, NY
Master of Information Science
Dec 2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison​, ​Madison, WI
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
May 2014

Research Interests

Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, Design & Creativity


Design Lab, Graduate Student Researcher, UC San Diego

Aug 2017 - current
  • More details to come

Intercultural Communication Lab, Graduate Student RA, Cornell U

Aug 2016 - Dec 2016
  • Researched group collaboration and telepresence robots via behavioral research methods
  • Ran experiments with 9 to 15 participants on average per week in the lab setting
  • Analyzed qualitative data of conversational transcripts and explore modeling topics

Interaction Design Lab, Graduate Student RA, Cornell U

Sept 2015 - May 2016
  • Conducted research on user experience of Facebook non-users via both surveys and interviews
  • Quantitatively analyzed 2k+ respondents’ data; Interviewed 15 individuals in 30-minute sessions
  • Identified research questions; designed and executed surveys for 200 pp on UX of social media

Psychology Labs, Undergrad RA, U of Wisconsin-Madison

Feb 2012 - July 2012
  • Analyzed raw EEG data for a study on meditation and sleeping brain waves through Matlab
  • Ran experiments using eye trackers for studies on infants’ language acquisitions
  • Recruited potential participants through database using Access, compiled participants’ information

Uber Technologies, Inc., Pipeline Team Intern, Shanghai, China

Summer 2015
  • Built partnerships with agencies; Organized and executed marketing campaigns and PR events


Teaching Assistant

Cogs 124 - HCI Technical Systems Research, UC San Diego, Fall 2018
Cogs 122 - IxD Startup Studio, UC San Diego, Winter 2018
Cogs 160 - Civic Design, UC San Diego, Fall 2017

Section Leader

Info 1300 - Introduction to Web Programming, Cornell U, Fall 2016


CSCW, Submission Reviewer, 2018
IDC, WiP Reviewer, 2018
CHI, LBW Reviewer, 2018


Research Methods

Human-Centered Process, Qualitative & Quantitative, Behavioral Study, Ethnographic Study, Interviews, Surveys, Prototyping (Paper & Rapid), Storyboards, Wireframes, Usability Testing, Heuristic Evaluations


HTML, CSS, JavaScript (JQuery, D3.js), PHP, SQL, Python; SPSS, and R;
Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Inventor


Chinese (native), English (fluent)


McInnis, B., Xu, X. T., & Dow, S. P. (2018). How Features of a Civic Design Competition Influences the Collective Understanding of a Problem. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 2(CSCW), 120. [link]

Baumer, E., Xu, X., Chu, C., Guha, S., and Gay, G. 2017. When Subjects Interpret the Data: Social Media Non-use as a Case for Adapting the Delphi Method to CSCW. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1527-1543. [link]