Paper on mobile health apps published

May 25, 2019 by · Leave a Comment
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The article, entitled “Who is tracking health on mobile devices: A behavioral logfile analysis in Hong Kong”, has been published on JMIR mHealth and uHealth by Lu Guan, Tai-quan Peng, and Jonathan Zhu. In their article, they analyzed users’ mHealth app activities from a representative panel of about 2500 users in Hong Kong. Their findings suggest the use of mHealth apps demonstrates a significant temporal pattern and such temporal pattern is moderated by individuals’ demographic characteristics.

Zhijin Promoted to Full Professor at SYSU

April 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Dr. Zhijin Zhong, alumni of the Web Mining Lab, has recently been promoted to a Full Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou.

After obtaining her PhD in Communication from City University of Hong Kong in 2009, Zhijin started her career at the School of Communication and Design of SYSU. Her research interest focuses on social media and communication, political communication and social capital. She has published widely on these topics at high-ranked SSCI journals, such as New Media & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Political Psychology, Computers & Education, Computers in Human Behavior, and elsewhere. Her research has been supported by National Social Sciences Funds of China and Ministry of Education in China.

Zhijin got her BA and MA degrees in Information Management from Peking University and was a Fulbright visiting scholar at University of California Santa Barbara (USA).


BDSC2017 Concluded in Lanzhou

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The 2017 China National Conference on Big Data and Social Computing (BDSC2017) concluded on Aug 13 in Lanzhou.  The 2-day conference was co-organized by School of Computer Science at Northwestern Normal University, School of Information Science at Renmin University of China, and Web Mining lab/Centre for Communication Research at City University of Hong Kong.  Over 100 scholars and students from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the U. S., and elsewhere attended.  A wider range of invited speeches and papers were presented, involving not only computer science but also various disciplines of social sciences and humanities.

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Jonathan Zhu of Web Mining Lab and Centre of Communication Research of CityU served a co-chair of the conference.  In the opening session, he gave a keynote speech on the origin, evolution and future directions of computational social science.

Given the popularity of the conference series, the newly formed Steering Committee, of which Jonathan Zhu is a vice chair, has decided to hold the conference once every year from now on.  BDSC2018 will be hosted by Tianjin University in Tianjin around late June 2018.  Call for papers will be issued in due time.

Computational Communication Workshop will be held on Sept. 23-25th

April 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Web Mining Lab, Nanjing University, Baidu and Social Media Processing Committee will organize an Annual Conference and Workshop of Computational Communication on Sept. 23-25th , 2016 at Nanjing University. The workshop will cover two sub-themes (Network Approaches to InformationDiffusion and Text Data Processing). For more details, please visit:

Young Scholars from Mainland China Visited Web Mining Lab

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On February 20th, eight young communication scholars visited media and communication department and web mining lab. They had a discussion with Jonathan Zhu.

The scholars are from different universities in mainland China and New Zealand, including National Sun Yat-sen University, Fudan University, Massey University, etc. They were invited to attend the Duo Wen Ya Ji (多闻雅集) Program in City University.

Jonathan Zhu introduced the current status of the lab, including the research focus, equipment, and PhD Students. Young scholars were then invited to taste Cityu canteen pizzas with lab members.


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