Renkai Ma

Renkai Ma

PhD student

Pennsylvania State University

Biography

I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, where I am advised by Dr. Yubo Kou.

I am passionate about investigating problems regarding Human-computer interaction (HCI), Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), and social media content moderation through mixed methodologies. Generally, I am interested in studying end-user/community’s interactions (e.g., perceptions, attitudes, behaviors) on social media or on user interfaces and learning the impacts of algorithmic designs on users.

Recently, I work on projects of investigating how end-users encounter, perceive, make sense out of, and handle algorithmic content moderation decisions and the corresponding impacts.

Projects

Online Community Moderation

Online Community Moderation

A project I facilitate with the PI, Dr. Yubo Kou to understand how esports gamers experience punishments issued by moderation systems, how they reason about moderation mechanisms, and how they adjust their future behaviors.

YouTube Moderation

YouTube Moderation

A project I lead to investigate how YouTubers, while performing profitable content creation on YouTube, experience algorithmic content moderation and handle various algorithmic impacts.