ESR8 Yuying Tan

University of Antwerp
Supervised by Prof. K. Poels, Prof. H. Vandebosch, Dr. S. Pabian
I co-design reporting and supporting systems for online sexual harassment victims with interdisciplinary experts.

Project Synopsis

Project title: Helping victims of online sexual harassment through online reporting and supporting systems

Online sexual harassment (OSH) severely impacts an individual’s psychological well-being, and it is also a violation of human rights. Much scientific literature addresses the prevalence and impact of OSH and the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) affordances that facilitate OSH. However, in practice, it remains unclear what ICT interventions are effective to help and support OSH victims. My PhD project addresses this problem by providing scientific-based design and evaluation of ICT interventions to effectively help OSH victims get the support they need.


Prototype1 – ‘We support you’ reporting system

Prototype2 – ‘Tellme’ chatbot reporting system


Yuying Tan (Sherry) is a PhD candidate at the Media & ICT in Organizations and Society (MIOS) research group at the University of Antwerp. Through years of work in the internet industry, she learned the process of product design, prototyping, testing, and digital marketing. She believes that a good design should not only attract, entertain and retain users but should also benefit users’ well-being. Yuying’s research areas include ICT and human behavior, machine learning, social media, and interactive design. She obtained a master’s degree in Cognitive System and Interactive Media at Pompeu Fabra University in Spain; master thesis titled ‘Analysis of Body Pose for Autism Child in Mixed-Reality Full-Body Interaction System’. Before she shifted her career to media and communication, she held a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Design Manufacture and Automation, followed by 2 years of work in EPSON.




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