International educators visited the Lab

July 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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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.


Two teams won three awards in 3rd China Data Journalism Competition

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Tutored by Jonathan ZHU, two teams from MACNM, 2018 won three awards in the 3rd China Data Journalism Competition organized by Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. The Awards include two first-place awards for each team and an Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for Jonathan ZHU. The competition requires participants to convey a complete news story through data clawing, data cleaning, data analysis, web design, photography, writing and so forth.

One of the teams consisted Zening DUAN, Qin ZHOU and Linfeng JIN. Their work focuses on the competitive talents policy in most second-tier cities in China. Supported by multiple data analysis and visualization technologies, the team gone deep into inferring the relationships between city development data and the policy-making, building a prediction model for testing the actual outcomes of the policy, beyond a simple description on this significant social event. Click here for a view:

Another team, Zhan SHI, Lisi MAI, Xuechen HU, Huiming WANG and Xingfu ZENG (BTIME News) emphasized on Hong Kong public housing. The purpose is to expose the essence and real problems of the public housing in Hong Kong though data processing, policy analysis and residents interview instead of some existing surface reports. Click here for a view:


Shujun Jiang Promoted to Associate Professor at UAEU

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Dr. Shujun Jiang, graduated from the lab in 2008, has been promoted to associated professor at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is the first and foremost comprehensive national university in the UAE. It ranks No.1 in the UAE and No.5 in the Arab World.

Shujun joined Mass Communication Department at UAEU as an assistant professor in 2012. In the past six years, she has achieved extensively in every area of her faculty career. She received Excellence in Teaching Award in her 3rd year at UAEU. She is a pioneer and leader in applying educational technology and pedagogy in teaching and learning. Her research focuses on online journalism, media credibility, and social media studies. Her papers were published in The Journal of International Communication, Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Information and Education Technology and other journals and conferences. In 2018, her research proposal on “Understanding radicalization/counter-radicalization communication on social media: A computational approach” received a Research Excellence Award from Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge. Shujun also serves as a liaison officer in bridging UAEU with top universities in China for outreaching and improve UAEU international visibility, impact, and university ranking.

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)

Lab Project Exhibited at CUSTAF in Huizhou

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The Lab exhibited the research project on Detection of Public Opinion Trends towards International Conflict Events at the 2nd China Universities Science-Technology Achievements Fair (CUSTAF) on May 24-27, 2018 in Huizhou, China.


A total of 10 projects from City University of Hong Kong were on display, covering topics such as health monitoring, graphic element arrangement, sewage treatment, and smart computer-aided systems. More than 300 local and overseas higher education institutions took part in CUSTAF. Under the theme of “Promoting deep collaboration between industry and education institutions for a win-win development of innovation”, the Fair aims to enhance technology transfer of universities and boost collaboration between universities and corporations.

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