Xinru Tang

a Chinese female with glasses, long hair, and a green T-shirt

2nd year M.S. Student at UCI
Pronoun: She/Her


Research Interests: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer-supported Collaborative Work (CSCW), inclusive design, digital inequity





I am a 2nd year Master student at Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine. I currently work with Dr. Anne Marie Piper. I feel lucky to be part of Accessibility Research Collective. I received my B.Phil. at Fudan University.

Research Interests

My research aims to make technology more inclusive to people who are under-represented in mainstream design, e.g., older adults, d/Deaf people. I have been mainly working on the following two questions:

  • How can we improve digital equity from a collaborative lens?
  • I have focused on collaboration within people's existing support networks (e.g., family, pre-established communities) to facilitate people's information and/or digital access. So far, I have looked into family collaboration in older adults' technology learning and use, and d/Deaf communities' support to the growth of online sign language information.

  • How can we improve equity in online participation?
  • I often observe online social spaces to understand people from their self- disclosure and expression. I see the potential of online social platforms to allow people to express their needs, build communities, spread their ideas, and produce community-driven solutions. However, I found that many populations often seem to be invisible online (e.g., older adults), even though Internet seems to be an open place for all.

    Therefore, I have been always thinking about how to improve equity and inclusiveness in online participation. So far, I have focused on older adults active in online participation, to see how the platforms they use support their participation. Specifically, I have examined two cases, i.e., older adult content creators on short video platforms, and a sub-reddit where inter-generational communications are active.

    Selected Publications

    "I Never Imagined Grandma Could Do So Well with Technology": Evolving Roles of Younger Family Members in Older Adults' Technology Learning
    Xinru Tang, Yuling Sun, Bowen Zhang, Zimi Liu, Ray LC, Zhicong Lu and Xin Tong