I am Xianghua (Sharon) Ding, or , which in Chinese means coming back() to China () for sure (), so that is what I did:-). After receiving my Ph.D. in 2010 from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at University of California, Irvine, USA, where I was a member of the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interactions, I joined the School of Computer Science at Fudan University China, where I am affliated with the Cooperative Information and Systems laboratory.
I am working at the intersection of computer science and social science, and my research areas include Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human Computer Interaction(HCI), and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp). As computing technologies are increasingly wovean into the fabric of everyday lives, we cannot easily separate technical problems from its social context anymore. By combining social and technical approaches, I hope to better understand the roles computing technologies play, and better design technologies to fit into social practices.
My current research primarily focuses on new computer-mediated collaborative forms for sustainable living. In particular, I study and explore approaches including crowdsourcing, online community, mobile sharing and others to address social issues associated with older adults, disability, energy conversation, and so on.