Google Research

Youyang Hou


Youyang Hou has been a User Experience Researcher at Google since 2017. Her work focuses on developer experience and developer tools in mobile development and cloud computing services. Her research interests include computer supported collaborative work (CSCW), developer experience, IDE experience, creative computing, and hackathons. She obtained her PhD in Human Computer Interaction from the School of Information, University of Michigan.


Hou Y., Wang, D.. (2018). Hacking with NPOs: Collaborative Analytics and Broker Roles in Civic Data Hackathons. PACMHCI. Volume 1, Issue 2, Article 53 (November 2017), 16 pages. (The Best Paper of CSCW 2018, top 1%)
Hou, Y., Lampe, C., Bulinski, M., Prescott, J. (2017). Factors in Perceived Justice and Fairness in Online Litigation. Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Denver/Boulder, CO. (25% acceptance rate)
Hou, Y., Lampe, C. (2017). Sustainable Hacking: Characteristics of the Design and Adoption of Civic Hacking Projects. Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference of Communities & Technologies, Troyes, France. (36% acceptance rate)
Huang, Y, Wu, Q., Hou, Y. (2017). Examining Twitter Mentions Between Police Agencies and Public Users through the Lens of Stakeholder Theory. Proceedings of the 2017 Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, Staten Island, NY.
Wang, D., Hou, Y., Lin, L., Pan, X. (2016). Answerer Engagement In An Enterprise Social Question & Answering System. Proceedings of the 2016 iConference, Philadelphia, PA. (30% acceptance rate for presentation)
Hou, Y., Lampe, C. (2015). Social Media Effectiveness for Public Engagement: Example of Small Nonprofits. Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul, Korea. (23% acceptance rate for presentation)
Hsieh, G., Hou, Y., Chen, I., Trung, K. (2013). Social and psychological predictors of volunteer socializers in online communities. “Welcome!”. Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, San Antonio, Texas. (26% acceptance rate)
Jiang, C., Varnum, M.E.W., Hou, Y., Han, S. (2014). Distinct effects of self-construal priming on empathic neural responses in Chinese and Westerners. Social Neuroscience. 130-138.
Liu, T. & Hou, Y. (2013). A hierarchy of attentional priority signals in human frontoparietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 16606-16616.
Hou, Y., Liu, T. (2012). Neural correlates of object-based attentional selection in human cortex. Neuropsychologia. 50:12.
Liu, T., Hou Y. (2011). Global feature-based attention to orientation. Journal of Vision. 11:8.

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