Six papers accepted for ICA 2019

January 19, 2019 by · Leave a Comment
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The 69th Annual ICA conference will be held on May 24-28, 2019 in Washington DC, US. Six papers by lab members are selected for presentation on the coming conference, which has an acceptance rate of 39.4% this year. The titles of the papers are listed below:

  1. Hao, Q., & Peng, T. Q. Two Applications of Statistical Relational Learning: Fake News Detection and Congress Voting Patterns. (Computational Methods Interest Group)
  2. Wang, X. H., Chen, L., Shi, J. Y., & Peng, T. Q. What makes cancer information viral on social media? (Communication & Technology Division)
  3. Liang, H., Tang, G., Lee, F.L.F. Normalizing Swearing Online: An Unintended Consequence of a Large-Scale Political Movement in Hong Kong. (Computational Methods Interest Group)
  4. Chen, H. X. User’s preference for mobile display orientation across media domains. (Media Communication Interest Group)
  5. Guan, L., Liang, H., & Zhu, J. J. H. Predicting Reposting Latency of News Content in Social Media: A Focus on Issue Attention, Temporal Usage Pattern, and Information Redundancy. (Computational Methods Interest Group)
  6. Zhou, Y. & Zhu, J. J. H. How online health groups help you lose weight: The role of social influence and support exchange. (Health communication)

One paper accepted by PacificVis 2019

January 8, 2019 by · Leave a Comment
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A paper, entitled “Visual Analytics of Dynamic Interplay Between Behaviors in MMORPGs”, has recently been accepted for publication and presentation at PacificVis 2019. Two members of the Web Mining Lab, Dr. Winson Peng, and Mr. Ji Lan, participated in this study.

They work with a group of computer scientists at Zhejiang University to develop a visual analytic system which enables users to study the dynamic interplay between players’ purchase and communication behaviors in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) and investigate how local and global social structures among game players will contribute to such interplay.

Dr. Winson Peng is now an associate professor at Michigan State University. Mr. Ji Lan is now a joint PhD student co-supervised by Prof. Jonathan Zhu at City University of Hong Kong and Dr. Yingcai Wu at Zhejiang University.

PacificVis is an IEEE sponsored international visualization symposium, which is also a recommended international conference in Computer Graphics and Multimedia by China Computer Federation. The Pacific Visualization 2019 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from April 23 to 26, 2019.

Lab members at front stages of CCRA2018

September 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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The first annual conference of Chinese Computational Communication Research Association (CCRA2018) was held on Sept 21-22 in Beijing, China, coorganized by Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University and City University of Hong Kong. Several members attended the conference in different capacities.

Jonathan Zhu chaired the opening session of the meeting as the founding president of CCRA and also gave a tutorial on “Research Design for Computational Communication Research” in a preconference workshop. Guan Lu and Chen Zhicong gave oral/poster presentations on “Impact of Self-Interest, Peer Influence and Global Popularity on Blogging Activities” and “The Poor Read for Entertainment and the Rich Read for Education: The Structural Inequality in Mobile Reading”, respectively.


Three affiliated members of the lab, including Zhong Zhijin of Sun Yat-Sen University (the right in the photo below),  Chao Naipeng of Nanjing University (middle), and Zhang Hongzhong of Beijing Normal University (the left) were elected to form the new Presidential Council of CCRA for the next six years. When introducing the new leadership, Jonathan Zhu projected that “the newly elected Presidents will lead our young community of computational communication researchers in mainland China to grow in the future”.

Another three affiliated members of the lab, including Zhang Lun of Beijing Normal University, Wang Chengjun of Nanjing University, and Xu Xiaoke of Dalian Minzu University, released in the Conference a new book titled Introduction to Computational Communication Research. The book is the first textbook in Chinese to introduce methods and case studies on computational communication research.


Strong Presence of Web Mining Lab at ICA 2018

June 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Members of the Web Mining Lab had a strong show at the 68th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA) in May 24-28, Prague, Czech Republic.

During the conference, lab members presented ten papers, with seven in Computational Methods Interest Group and the remaining three in Health Communication, Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group, and the preconference on “Conceptualizing the New Silk Road as Communication”, respectively.

The presented papers are listed below:

  • Peng, T. Q., Zhu, J. J. H., & Chen, H. X. (2018). Re-explicating mobile phone use as a sequential process (for Computational Methods Interest Group)
  • Bae, A. & Peng, T. Q. (2018). Congressional communication networks on various social issues (for Computational Methods Interest Group)
  • Zhang, L., Wu, Y., Wang, S. F., & Lin, Z. Z. (2018). Online Ballot Stuffing: Influence of Self-boosting Manipulation on Rating Dynamics in Online Rating Systems (for Computational Methods Interest Group)
  • Zhang, X., Zhang, L., Zhang, M., Liu, Y., He, W., & Zhou, W. (2018). Monkey King, Naruto, and Mickey Mouse: Mapping the co-consumption network of animation protagonists in China (for Computational Methods Interest Group)
  • Wang, C. J., Chen, Z. C., & Chao, N. (2018). Leveraging the Flow of Collective Attention for Computational Communication Research (for Computational Methods Interest Group)
  • Hilbert, M., Barnett, G., Blumenstock, J., Diesner, J., Frey, S., Lamberson, P. J., Shen, C., Smaldino, P., Waldherr, A., Zhan, J. W., & Zhu, J. J. H. (2018). Computational communication science: A methodological catalyzer for a maturing discipline (for Computational Methods Interest Group)
  • Zhou, Y. & Yang, Y. (2018). Mapping contentious discourse in China: Activists’ discursive strategies and their coordination with media (for Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group)
  • Song, J. & Jiang, S. (2018). Framing, psychological distance, and audience perception: An experiment on perception of The Belt and Road by Chinese and UAE students (for “Conceptualizing the New Silk Road as Communication” pre-conference)
  • Zhong, Z. J., Liu, K., & Xie, X. (2018). How Medic–Patient Communication and Relationship Influence Chinese Patients’ Medication Adherence (for Health Communication Division)
  • Guan, L., Zhang, Y. F., & Zhu, J. J. H. (2018). Impact of Self-Interest, Peer Influence and Global Popularity on Blogging Activities (for Computational Methods Interest Group)

Jonathan Zhu named ICA Fellow

June 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Jonathan has been named a Fellow by the International Communication Association (ICA), the premier international academic association for communication researchers around the world. Designation as a Fellow by ICA is the highest honor bestowed on communication scholars. Fellow status is primarily a recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the broad field of communication. Jonathan received the award in the annual conference of ICA on May 26 in Prague, along with other new Fellows such as Michael Schudson of Columbia University, Esther Thorson of Michigan State University, Steve Reese of University of Texas-Austin, etc.


The 2018 ICA Fellows Program noted that “In his nearly three decades career, Dr. Zhu has made significant scholarly contributions to political communication research, new media studies, and computational communication research. He has proposed many original and influential concepts, theories, and models in different domains of communication research, such as zero-sum game theory in agenda-setting research (Zhu, 1993), weighted needs of new media in diffusion of innovation (Zhu & He, 2002), and tea-pot model in hyperlink analysis (Zhu et al., 2008). He was among the few communication scholars who employed sophisticated time series modeling to unravel the capacity, diversity, and volatility of public agenda (McCombs & Zhu, 1995) and account for the formation of public issue priority (Zhu et al., 1993). Since 2005, Dr. Zhu has started to incorporate computational thinking and methods into his research. His commitment and achievement in computational research make him recognized as an international leader in the emerging field of computational social science.”

It also mentioned that “Dr. Zhu has trained 10 Ph.D. students with a specialty in computational social science, who are now working as university faculty members or web data scientists in Hong Kong, mainland China, the Middle East, and the United States of America.  They account for a significant share of the first generation of computational communication scholars around the world.”


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