Lab Members Played Active Roles at CCR2017 in Nanjing

September 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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The 2nd Annual Conference and Workshops of Computational Communication Research (CCR 2017) was held at Nanjing University on September 22-21, 2017. The event was jointly organized by School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University; Baidu; Social Media Processing Committee of Chinese Information Processing Society of China; Centre for Communication Research and Web Ming Lab, City University of Hong Kong. About 100 scholars and students in communication, computer science, and other computing related disciplines in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and elsewhere participated in the conference and workshops.
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The conference includes workshops, presentations, and poster sessions. The workshops lasted a one-and-a-half days, with two parallel themes on “Network Approaches to Information Diffusion” and “Text Data Mining”, respectively. The workshops attracted a large number of young researchers and students interested in computing communication research. Yixin Zhou of Web Mining Lab participated in the workshops and contributed a paper on “Influence between emerging adult offline and online friendships: the moderating role of personality” to the poster session.
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Several other members of the Lab also play an active role in CCR 2017. Three graduates of the Lab, including Dr. Chengjun Wang (currently an associate professor at Nanjing University), Dr. Lun Zhang (an associate professor at Beijing Normal University), and Dr. Zhenzhen Wang (a data scientist at Tencent) served the instructors of the workshops. Chengjun was also the chief organizer of the conference. As a co-chair of the conference, Prof. Jonathan Zhu delivered a keynote speech on “Rich mines, poor mines, and pitfalls in computational communication research”.
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Yafei and Lu Win Research Tuition Scholarship and Outstanding Academic Performance Award

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Yafei and Lu have received Research Tuition Scholarships and Outstanding Academic Performance Awards from Chow Yei Ching Graduate School of City University of Hong Kong. The awards and scholarships are given to research students with both excellent course GPAs and outstanding academic publications, ranking 20% of the total research students. Awardees will be given a cash prize and an exemption of tuition fees. A ceremony for the award presentation will be held on 14 September in City University.

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Jonathan Keynoted at the largest Communication Conference in mainland China

August 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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In his speech at the annual conference of Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Mass Communication (CAHJC) on Aug 18, Jonathan Zhu of the Lab focused on theoretical contributions that computational methods have made to communication research.  In particular, computational communication research provides large-scale and verifiable behavioral evidence to two core theories of communication – the nature of audience and the size of media effects – which have been debated for more than half a century.

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CAHJC is the parental organization of a dozen journalism/communication associations in the mainland ranging from journalism practice to new media research.  Held on Aug 18-19 in Zhengzhou, Henan, CAHJC 2017 was the first time when all of the associations held their annual conferences under the same roof.  With more than 1,000 attendants, the conference set the record in the discipline in mainland China.

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BDSC2017 Concluded in Lanzhou

August 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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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.

Web Mining Lab Coorganizes BDSC2017 in Lanzhou

July 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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The 2017 China National Conference on Big Data and Social Computing will be held at Southwest Normal University (SWNU) in Lanzhou on August 12 and 13, 2017, jointly coorganized by College of Computer Science and Engineering at SWNU, School of Information at Renmin University of China (RUC), and Web Mining Lab (WML) and Centre for Communication Research (CCR) of City University of Hong Kong (CityU).  Over a hundred scholars from a variety of disciplines including computer science, communication, complex science, management, economics, psychology, and digital humanities will present their latest works on social computing at the interdisciplinary conference.

Jonathan Zhu of WML serves a co-chair of the conference.  He played a similar role at the 2012 CCF China National Conference on Social Computing, which was held in November 2012 and coorganized by RUC and CityU.

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