I'm currently a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, where I am a member of the Computational Social Science group. My primary research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of social computing and crowdsourcing. I design and conduct large-scale online behavioral experiments to obtain a quantitative perspective on participants' behavior in social computing and crowdsourcing systems (e.g., on-demand labor markets like Amazon Mechanical Turk). Based on the empirical evidence from the behavioral data, I further work on designing realistic models, novel algorithms and effective interfaces to facilitate the development of more intelligent and sustainable systems. My research broadly connects to the fields of artificial intelligence and applied machine learning, computational social science, human-computer interaction and behavioral economics.
I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science at Harvard University, where I am a member of the EconCS group. I am very fortunate to be advised by Professor Yiling Chen. Before that, I received my bachelor degree in Computer Software from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
- I will be joining Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science starting from Fall 2018. I'm looking for talented students to work with me! The best way to reach me is by email. (Prospective students: please mention and explain your interest in my work in your application, and please contact me via my Purdue email.)
- Our work on mapping the communication network among crowd workers has been covered by Nature!
- I defended my thesis "Peeking into the On-Demand Economy: Crowd Behavior and Incentive Design" on June 1, 2017.
Running Out of Time: The Impact and Value of Flexibility in On-Demand Crowdwork
Ming Yin, Siddharth Suri and Mary L. Gray.
The 36th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Montreal, Canada, April 2018.
Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, June 2017.
Edith Law, Ming Yin, Joslin Goh, Kevin Chen, Michael Terry and Krzysztof Z. Gajos.
The 34th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), San Jose, CA, May 2016.
Ming Yin and Yu-An Sun.
The 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), Istanbul, Turkey, May 2015.
Ming Yin, Yiling Chen and Yu-An Sun.
The 2nd AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP), Pittsburgh, PA, November 2014.
Teaching fellow with Professor Barbara Grosz, Fall 2013 & Fall 2014, Harvard University.
Teaching fellow with Professor Yiling Chen, Spring 2013, Harvard University.
I'm an avid photographer. Check out some of my pictures here.