Shaomei Wu

Research Scientist

Shaomei is a research scientist at Facebook AI. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, she is interested at addressing real-world problems through computational methods and people-centered design. Her current work focuses on designing and building AI-powered technologies for people from marginalized and under-resourced communities, for example, people with disabilities. She led the team that designed and built Automatic alt-text on Facebook.

Shaomei was previously part of the Core Data Science team in which she studied how opinions and behaviors emerge, spread, and fade in social media, using network algorithms, statistical models, natural language processing techniques, and social science theories.

Shaomei publishes her work in CHI, WWW, CSCW, and ICWSM. She frequently reviews papers and serves in the program committee for CHI, WWW, ICWSM, and ASSETS.

Shaomei received my Ph.D. in Information Science from Cornell University, and her M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara and Tsinghua University, respectively.


Computational social science, social network analysis, information diffusion, social influence, temporal analysis, accessibility

Latest Publications

CHI - May 4, 2019

Design and Evaluation of a Social Media Writing Support Tool for People with Dyslexia

Shaomei Wu, Lindsay Reynolds, Xian Li, Francisco (Paco) Guzman

CSCW 2018 - November 3, 2018

The Effect of Computer-Generated Descriptions on Photo-Sharing Experiences of People with Visual Impairments

Yuhang Zhao, Shaomei Wu, Lindsay Reynolds, Shiri Azenkot

CHI 2018 - April 21, 2018

A Face Recognition Application for People with Visual Impairments: Understanding Use Beyond the Lab

Yuhang Zhao, Shaomei Wu, Lindsay Reynolds, Shiri Azenkot

CSCW - February 22, 2017

Automatic Alt-text: Computer-generated Image Descriptions for Blind Users on a Social Network Service

Shaomei Wu, Jeffrey Wieland, Omid Farivar, Julie Schiller

CSCW 2016 - February 27, 2016

How Blind People Interact with Visual Content on Social Networking Services

Violeta Voykinska, Shiri Azenkot, Shaomei Wu, Gilly Leshed

WWW - May 18, 2015

The Lifecycles of Apps in a Social Ecosystem

Isabel Kloumann, Lada Adamic, Jon Kleinberg, Shaomei Wu

CHI - April 26, 2014

Visually Impaired Users on an Online Social Network

Shaomei Wu, Lada Adamic

WSDM - February 6, 2013

Arrival and Departure Dynamics in Social Networks

Shaomei Wu, Atish Das Sarma, Alex Fabrikant, Silvio Lattanzi, Andrew Tomkins