Jonathan and Xiaofan Spoke at the First Computational Workshop at Tohoku University, Japan

January 21, 2020 by · Leave a Comment
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Lab members Jonathan Zhu and Xiaofan Liu, along with Dr. Tetsuro Kobayashi of Department of Media & Communication, were invited to give talks at the First International Workshop on Computational Humanities and Social Science at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan on 19 January 2020. Tohoku University, one of the seven leading national universities in Japan, has recently established a Division on Computational Humanities and Social Science, the first of its kind in the country, to gear up its cutting-edge research and doctoral student training in the emerging area. Nine speakers, including academic scholars and industry researchers from Japan, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands, presented their latest research on computational social science.

Jonathan introduced some of new methods his group was developing for measuring mobile use sessions and analyzing mobile application sequences. Dr. Kobayashi reported the methods and findings from his collaboration project that used deep learning algorithms to detect politician’s faces from television news. Xiaofan presented the results from his recent scientometric study of communication journal publications. The speeches attracted interests from the audience as they demonstrated the wide range of topics and the advanced level of computational methods in the faculty research at CityU.

After the conference, the CityU visitors held a meeting with Dr. Hiroki Takikawa, Director of Division of Computational Humanities and Social Science at Tohoku University, to discuss further collaborations in research projects, student exchanges, and other areas.

From the left: Dr. Xiaofan Liu, Prof. Jonathan Zhu, Dr. Hiroki Takikawa, and Dr. Tetsuro Kobayashi.

Jonathan Visited to PHBS in Shenzhen

September 27, 2019 by · Leave a Comment
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Jonathan Zhu paid an intensive visit to Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS) on Sept 25, 2019, where he met half a dozen senior and junior faculty members individually, each for half-hour long, and gave a seminar talk to faculty and graduate students on “Computational approaches to communication research: theory, methods, and applications”.

Located in Shenzhen University Zone, PHBS houses a body of highly international faculty and students, with all teaching and learning conducted in English.  It also runs an overseas campus in Oxford, which is likely to be the first of the kind in China. Of the graduate programs is an MA in Financial Journalism, whose faculty members and students working on a range of topics overlapped with those of Web Mining Lab.

“Two members of our Lab graduated from your program, and we used to work with Dr. Kai Lei and his ICNLab of School of Electronic and Computer Engineering on your campus,” said Jonathan at the beginning of his talk, “the visit today opens a new channel and a new direction of collaborations between us”.  In addition to computational communication research, Web Mining Lab’s mapping studies of SSCI publications have also attracted keen interests from PHBS scholars.

Kevin Han of ISU visited Web Lab

February 28, 2019 by · Leave a Comment
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Dr. Kevin Gang Han, an associate professor of Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University (USA), visited the Lab today. An active scholar on mediated health communication, strategic communication, and news framing analysis, Dr. Han exchanged with Prof. Jonathan Zhu and other members of the Lab on opportunities and challenges in research and education of the big data era.

International educators visited the Lab

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A group of four people, including Dr. Qin Jie, graduated from the Lab in 2014 and now a faculty member at the Hong Kong campus of Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD), and three educators from the United States and India, visited the Web Mining Lab on July 4th. PhD students including Lu Guan, Yixin Zhou, Yafei Zhang, and Chuang Yin showcased their research studies on blogging activities, emerging adults’ friend selection on social networking sites, online learning mining, and international conflicted opinion mining, which were highly praised by the international educators.


Data Team from CUHK visited the Lab

May 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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A group of seven people, including faculty member, administrators and lab staff from School of Journalism and Communication at Chinese University of Hong Kong visited the Web Mining Lab, on May 11. The visitors toured the lab, the server room, and other facilities to learn the hardware, software, and application setup of the lab. Jonathan Zhu and Lawrence Lau (Department Information Technology Officer), along with other lab members hosted the visit, sharing and discussing with the guests on how we built and maintained the data system and use the facilities for research, teaching and training.



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