Yongle Zhang | 张永乐


I am a Ph.D. student at the College of Information Studies (iSchool), University of Maryland, College Park, where I work with my advisor Dr. Ge Gao.

My research interest lies in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). In particular, I apply mixed methods in my research to answer these questions: 1) how to leverage computer-based tools to support the collaboration of linguistically diverse teams? and 2) How language minorities conduct information-seeking activities in daily life, and can we design technology to support their language needs in various contexts?

Previously, I obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2019, and a B.E. degree in Computer Science and Technology from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC, 电子科技大学) in 2018. I was lucky to be an undergraduate research assistant supervised by Dr. Haiyi Zhu and Dr. Lana Yarosh at Grouplens Research.


Oct 2021: Our paper “Facilitating Global Team Meetings Between Language-Based Subgroups: When and How Can Machine Translation Help?” got accepted to CSCW 2022.

May 2021: Presenting our poster “Leveraging Machine Translation to Support Distributed Teamwork Between Language-Based Subgroups: The Effects of Automated Keyword Tagging” at CHI 2021 virtually.

Feb 2021: My research proposal on exploring social media information sharing across language boundaries received award from Research Improvement Grant program of UMD iSchool.


Email: yongle[at]umd[dot]edu


Besides research, I like biking, swimming and amateur photography (see Photos). Feel free to reach out if you live in the Washington metropolitan area and interested in outdoor activities – there are plenty of bike trails here!