About me

Haiyi Zhu is an assistant professor in the computer science department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She received her PhD degree from the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015. She also received a master degree in human computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 and received a BA in computer science at Tsinghua University in 2009.

Her research integrates social science theories, quantitative and qualitative empirical methods, research-through-design approaches, and field evaluation methods to understand and build socio-technical systems used by real people. Download her CV here. Go to her Publication list.

Selected research

Peer Production, Volunteers, Wikipedia

  • Effects of emotional cues (e.g., NFL game outcomes) on the contributions of Wikipedia editors. [CSCW’2018a, preprint]
  • Effects of turnover on the success of online production groups [CSCW’2018b, preprint]
  • Predicting Member Productivity and Withdrawal from Pre-Joining Attachments [CSCW’2017]
  • Management mechanisms to organize individual contributors with differing goals, experience, and commitment to achieve a collective outcome [CSCW’2012a],[CSCW’2012b][CHI’2013].

Sharing Economy

Social Network and Social Influence


2017.08 – Six papers accepted by CSCW’ 2018!

2016.08 – Receive NSF CRII CISE Research Initiation Award (expected to total $174,355)

2016.05 – CHI’2016 best paper honorable mention! Paper: A Market in Your Social Network: The Effects of Extrinsic Rewards on Friendsourcing and Relationships [download pdf]

2016.04-  Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence (shared with Bob Kraut, Niki Kittur, Moira Burke, and Ching Ren)!

2014.02 – Winner of Facebook Fellowship 2014-2015!

2013.10 – Win the Human Factors Prize 2013 (a $10K prize)! The  Human Factors Prize recognizes excellence in HF/E research through an annual competition in which authors are invited to submit papers on a specific topic for that year. The topic of 2013 is social media.

2013.04 – Receive best paper honorable mention award from CHI 2013. Paper title: Effects of Peer Feedback on Contribution: A Field Experiment in Wikipedia.[download pdf]

2012.02 – Receive best paper honorable mention award from CSCW 2012. Paper title: Effectiveness of Shared Leadership in Online Communities. [download pdf]