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Kang  Zhao

Kang Zhao Management Sciences

Assistant Professor

319-335-3831
kang-zhao@uiowa.edu
S224  John Pappajohn Bus Bldg
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994

Academic History

  • PhD in Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  • MS in Computer Science, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 2006
  • BE in Electrical and Information Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, 2003

Expertise

  • social network analysis, social media mining, social computing, business analytics, supply-chain networks, agent-based models.

Awards

  • R.W. Graham Endowed Graduate Fellowship , Penn State University, August 2007
  • Graduate Achievement Award , Eastern Michigan University, 2006
  • Outstanding College Graduate, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, 2003

Selected Publications

    Conference Proceedings

    • Social Support and User Engagement in Online Health Communities, Xi Wang, Kang Zhao, Nick Street, Proceedings of the International Conference for Smart Health, 2014, 97-110
    • Making sense of a healthcare forum – Smart keyword and user navigation graphs, Akhil Kumar, Kang Zhao, Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS'13), 2013
    • Recommendation in reciprocal bi-partite social networks‹a case study of online dating, Mo Yu, Kang Zhao, Yen John, Derek Kreager, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction (SBP’13), 2013, 231-239
    • Identifying Leaders in an Online Cancer Survivor Community, Kang Zhao, Baojun Qiu, Cornelia Caragea, Dinghao Wu, Presanjit Mitra, John Yen, Greta Greer, Ken Portier, Proceedings of The 21st Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS’11), 2011, 115-120
    • Get Online Support, Feel Better--Sentiment Analysis and Dynamics in an Online Cancer Survivor Community, Baojun Qiu, Kang Zhao, Cornelia Caragea, Dinghao Wu, Presanjit Mitra, John Yen, Greta Greer, Ken Portier, Proceedings of the Third IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom'11), 2011, 274-281
    • Who Blogs What: Understanding Behavior, Impact and Types of Bloggers, Kang Zhao, Akhil Kumar, Massimiliano Spaziani, John Yen, Proceedings of the 20th Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'10), 2010, 176-181
    • Assortativity Patterns in Multi-dimensional Inter-organizational Networks: A Case Study of the Humanitarian Relief Sector, Kang Zhao, Louis-Marie Ngamassi, John Yen, Carleen Maitland, Andrea Tapia, Advances in Social Computing-Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling & Prediction (SBP), 2010, 265-272
    • From Communication to Collaboration: Simulating the Emergence of Inter-organizational Collaboration Network, Kang Zhao, John Yen, Louis-Marie Ngamassi, Carleen Maitland, Andrea Tapia, Proceedings of 2010 IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom'10), 2010, 413-418
    • Effect of Topology on Robustness of a Supply Network-Metrics and Results, Kang Zhao, Proceedings of the 19th Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'09), 2009, 97-102
    • A Formal Model for Emerging Coalitions under Network Influence in Humanitarian Relief Co-ordination, Kang Zhao, John Yen, Carleen Maitland, Andrea Tapia, Louis-Marie Ngamassi Tchouakeu, Proceedings of the Spring Simulation Multi-conference, 2009, No.10
    • CyberLab: An Online Virtual Laboratory Toolkit for Non-Programmers, Kang Zhao, Matthew Evett, Proceedings of the 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT '08), 2008, 316-318

    Sponsored Research

    • Old Gold Summer Fellowship, Kang Zhao. The University of Iowa
    • Network Science Exploration Research Grant, Kang Zhao. Penn State University

    Other Work

    • Exploring Barriers to Coordination between Humanitarian NGOs: A Comparative Case Study of Two NGO’s Information Technology Coordination Bodies, Louis-Marie Ngamassi Tchouakeu, Edgar Maldonado , Kang Zhao, Harold Robinson, Carleen Maitland, Andrea H. Tapia, Information Systems and Modern Society: Social Change and Global Development, IGI Global, 2013, 87-112

        Review and Editorial Work

        • Referee, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology
        • Referee, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems
        • Referee, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications
        • Referee, IEEE Intelligent Systems
        • Referee, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
        • Referee, Information and Management
        • Referee, Information Systems and e-Business Management
        • Referee, Information Systems Research
        • Referee, Simulation
        • Referee, Social Network Analysis and Mining

          Presentations

          • Understanding Social Support and User Behaviors in Online Health Communities, Winter Conference on Business Intelligence, Snowbird, UT, March 2014
          • Sentiment influence and influential users in online health communities, 3M Computaonal Intelligence colloquium, 3M Corporate Research, St Paul, MN, July 2013
          • Role Identification - Influential users and community leadership, International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology, University Park, PA, May 2013
          • Recommendation in Reciprocal Bipartite Social Networks for Online Dating, 2013 Winter Conference on Business Intelligence, Snowbird, UT, February 2013
          • Robustness of Heterogeneous Supply Networks--New Metrics and Model, American Physical Society March Meeting, Portland, OR, March 2010
          • Exploring Assortative Patterns in Multi-dimensional Inter-organizational Networks: A Case Study of the Humanitarian Relief Sector, 2009 North American Association for Computational Social and Organization Sciences Annu-al Conference, Tempe, AZ, October 2009
          • Robustness of Heterogeneous Supply Networks against Random and Targeted Disruptions, Complex Systems Advanced Academic Workshop (CSAAW) Spring Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2009
          • Emergence of Collaborative Projects and Coalitions: a Framework for Coordination in Human-itarian Relief, The Second World Congress on Social Simulation , Fairfax, VA, July 2008
          • EnDURE: Environmental Disaster Urban Recovery and Evaluation Model, Annual Conference of the North American Association for Computational Social and Organi-zational Sciences, Notre Dame, IN, June 2006

          Committees and Professional Service

          • INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), 2013-2014
          • International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP) , 2013-2014
          • INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence, 2013
          • International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), 2012

          Additional Training

          • Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute, 2010
          • Summer Institute on Computational Analysis of Social & Organizational Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009