Who am I?

Hi I'm Oliver Yi Wang (王祎). I am currently a Research Staff Member in IBM Almaden Research Center. I am working in Personality Analytics team (part of USER group). In my day job, I am trying to investigating individuals' personality reflected in their social media content. I am also researching how to make use of the derived personality in various areas, such as: Marketing, Learning, Organizational Behavior, etc.

I invented IIAG (prounced /jæg/), which is the first data-driven, game analytic tool advising software engineers on how to interact with remote, unfamiliar collaborators.

My dissertation work introduces game theory to study trust dynamics in global software engineering team. I am indebted to my advisor David Redmiles, and my committee members: Brian Skyrms, and Debra Richardson.

In my spare time, I also work with Dr. Simon Sun (Xi'an Jiao Tong Univ.) on using Ultimatum Game to infer the people's preference to Justice.

Work Experience

  • 2015-present: Research Staff Member. IBM Almaden Research Center


  1. Game Theory and Team Dynamics
  2. Economic Theory Inspired, Personalized UX design
  3. (Networked) Global Software Engineering Team
  4. Peraonality Analytics
  5. Engagement Analytics


  1. Yi Wang, and Redmiles.
    Exploring Trust and Cooperation Development with Agent-Based Simulation in A Pseudo Scale-free Network
    Proc. the 18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (Group'16)., accepted, to appear. [Preprint]
  2. Yi Wang, Jalal Mahmud and Taikun Liu.
    Understanding Cognitive Styles from User-Generated Social Media Content
    Proc. the 10th International AAAI Conference on Weblog and Social Media (ICWSM'16)., accepted, to appear. [Preprint]
  3. Yi Wang, and David Redmiles.
    The Diffusion of Trust and Cooperation in Teams with Individuals' Variations on Baseline Trust
    Proc. ACM International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work and Social Computing (CSCW'16), pp.303-318. [Preprint]
  4. Yi Wang, and David Redmiles.
    Cheap Talk, Cooperation, and Trust in Global Software Engineering: An Evolutionary Game Theory Model with Empirical Support.
    Empirical Software Engineering: An International Journal, accepted, published online. [Preprint]
  5. Yi Wang.
    Language Matters
    Proc. ESEM'15. [Preprint]
  6. Mengyao Zhao, Yi Wang, David Redmiles.
    Strengthening Collaborative Groups Through Art-Mediated Self-Expression
    Proc. VL/HCC'15. [Preprint]
  7. Yi Wang.
    Make Your Programming Questions Be Answered Quickly: A Content Oriented Study to Technical Q&A Forum
    Proc. Collaboratecom'14. [PDF]
  8. Yi Wang, Patrick Wagstrom, Evelyn, Duesterwald, and David Redmiles.
    New Opportunities for Extracting Insights from Cloud Based IDEs.
    ICSE'14 New Ideas and Emerging Results Track, Innovation and Future Impact Award, 2 in 135. [PDF], [SLIDES]
  9. Yi Wang, David Redmiles.
    Understanding Cheap Talk and the Emergence of Trust in Global Software Engineering: An Evolutionary Game Theory Perspective.
    Proc. of Intl. Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE'13) [IEEE]
  10. Ban Al-Ani, Mattew Bietz, Yi Wang, et al.
    Globally Distributed System Developers: Their Trust Expectations and Processes.
    Proc. ACM Intl. Conf. on Computer Supported Collaborative Work. (CSCW'13). [ACM-DL][PDF]
  11. Ban Al-Ani, Yi Wang, Sabrina Marczak, Erik Trainer, and David Redmiles.
    Distributed Developers and the Non-Use of Web 2.0 Technologies: A Proclivity Model.
    Proc. Intl. Conf. on Global Software Engineering. (ICGSE'13) [IEEE]
  12. Yi Wang, Erik Trainer, Ban Al-Ani, David Redmiles, and Sabrina Marczak.
    Attitude and Usage of Collaboration Tools in GSE: A Practitioner Oriented Theory.
    Proc. of Intl. Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE‘12) [IEEE]
  13. Yi Wang, Min Zhang.
    Penalty Policies in Professional Software Development Practice: a multi-method field study. Proc. of the 31st ACM/IEEE Intl. Conf. on Software Engineering (ICSE'10) [ACM-DL][PDF]
  14. Yi Wang.
    Building the Linkage between Project Managers' Personality and Success of Software Projects.
    Proc. of the ACM/IEEE Intl. Symp. on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM'09) [PDF]
  15. Yi Wang.
    Software Outsourcing Subcontracting and Its Impacts: An Exploratory Investigation.
    Proc. of the 33rd IEEE Intl. Conf. on Computer Software and Application (COMPSAC'09) [PDF]
  16. Other Publications in Information and Computer Science (Before 2009).

Publications in Progress

  1. Yi Wang.
    Collaboration in Global Distributed Teams: An Interdisciplinary Review
    In Preparation, Draft avaliable at [SSRN]


  • 2010/09 - 2015/05, Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science.
    Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, USA.
    Thesis Cheap Talk, Cooperation, and Trsut in Global Software Engineering


  • 2013.3, Social and Economic Network (By Prof. Mattew Jackson)
  • 2009.6, Chartered Statistican (State Statistics Bureau of P. R. China)


Pending, TBA


  • yiw AT ics DOT uci DOT edu
  • Department of Informatics, UCI
    Irvine CA 92697
  • Galk: oliver DOT wangyi DOT AT gmail DOT com
Social Media


In my spare time, I like drawing, mostly in color pencil for painting canvas is too enpensive.
I am one of the major contributor of wikipedia (simplified Chinese and classic Chinese[维基大典:中文文言维基]).
I am also an amateur piano player, but the Verano community does not allow residents to have paino in their apartment. Therefore, I only have a keyboard. Here is an old recordings (very bad quality).

The Webpage is built on Skeleton by Oliver Yi Wang.