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.



Lab Alumni Won Two Best Paper Awards from CAHJC

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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At the annual board meeting on April 21, the Chinese Association of History of Journalism and Communication (CAHJC), which is the national society of the field in China, elected the following two papers published by alumni of the Lab as the Best Papers of 2017:

Zhijin Zhong and Shujin Lin (2017, in Chinese). The emotional memories of the return of Hong Kong and Macau among web users in mainland China. Journalism and Communication Research, Issue 1.

Lun Zhang, Lu Zheng, & Tai-Quan Peng (2017). Structurally embedded news consumption on mobile news applications. Information Processing and Management, 53, 1242-1253.

Zhijin is a professor at Sun Yat-sen University and a graduate of the Lab in 2009. Lun is an associate professor at Beijing Normal University and a graduate from the Lab in 2011 and Taiquan Peng an associate professor at Michigan State University and graduate from Lab in 2008.

Computational Communication Division Successfully Formed under CAHJC

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Jonathan Zhu of the Lab led a group of 60+ founding members from 20+ universities in China to obtain approval from Chinese Association of History of Journalism and Communication (CAHJC) at its annual board meeting in Xian on April 21, to establish a new division on computational communication research under the national society of the field in China. The approval resulted from a competitive bid, in which the board selected four out of six proposals after two rounds of voting. The computational division, formally known as Computational Communication Research Committee (CCRC), ranked No. 1 in both rounds.

In his oral presentation and defense before the election, Jonathan emphasized that CCRC serves as a bridge between classic quantitative and emerging computational methods, between academic basic research and industry applied research, and between scholars in China and elsewhere in the world.
CCRC will hold it’s the first annual meeting in August at Beijing Normal University, with Jonathan to serve the inauguration chair.

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).


Lab Team to Teach Summer Workshop on Social Networks in Shenzhen

April 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Jonathan Zhu, Winson Peng, and Hai Liang will teach a 5-day workshop at Shenzhen University (SZU) from July 4 to July 9 ( Co-organized by SZU School of Communication and CityU Centre for Communication Research (CCR), the 2018 Computational Communication Research Workshop will focus on how to apply social network analysis to communication research. The workshop will be taught in Chinese, free of charge whereas participants should cover their own travel/lodging expenses.

Those who are interested should follow the instructions on the above website and submit the application by April 30.  Participants will be selected on a competitive basis.


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