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Kang Zhao
Assistant Professor
Contact
319-335-3831
Office
S224 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
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 
Early Career Research Award, Tippie College of Business, May 2016
R.W. Graham Endowed Graduate Fellowship , Penn State University, August 2007
Outstanding College Graduate, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, 2003
Selected publications 

A multi-relational social network analysis of an online community for smoking cessation. Kang Zhao, Xi Wang, Sarah Cha, Amy M. Cohn, George D. Papandonatos, Michael S. Amato, Jennifer L. Pearson, Amanda L. Graham

Analyzing User Participations in Online Health Communities--a Social Support Perspective. Xi Wang, Kang Zhao, Nick Street

Early Predictions of Movie Success: the Who, What, and When of Profitability. Michael Lash, Kang Zhao

How Smokers Refer to ANDS: an Examination of User-generated Posts from an Online Social Network. Jennifer Pearson, M Amato, Xi Wang, Kang Zhao, Sarah Cha, Amy Cohn, George D. Papandonatos, Amanda L. Graham, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2016

Network Analysis of Supply Chain Adaptation for Disruption Recovery: an Empirically Grounded Complex Adaptive Systems Approach. Zhiya Zuo, Kang Zhao, Jennifer V. Blackhurst

The Integrated Recovery of Aircraft and Passengers after Airline Operation Disruptions based on the GRASP Algorithm. Yuzhen Hu, Yan Song, Kang Zhao, Baoguang Xu, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review , 2016, vol 87, 97-112

The State and Evolution of U.S. iSchools--from Talent Acquisitions to Research Outcome. Zhiya Zuo, Kang Zhao, David Eichmann

The Turf is Greener on the Other Side: Predicting Decommitments in College Football Recruiting Using Social Network Data. Kristina Gavin Bigsby, Jeffrey W. Ohlmann, Kang Zhao

Leader identification in an online health community for cancer survivors: a social network-based classification approach. Kang Zhao, Greta E. Greer, John Yen, Prasenjit Mitra, Kenneth Portier, Information Systems and e-Business Management, 2015, vol 13, 629-645

System Informatics--from Methodology to Applications. Kang Zhao, Yao Xie, K.L. Tsui, IEEE Intelligent Systems , 2015, vol 30, 12-29

Finding influential users of online health communities: a new metric based on sentiment influence. Kang Zhao, John Yen, Greta E. Greer, Baojun Qiu, Presanjit Mitra, Ken Portier, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2014, vol 21, e212-e218

User recommendation in reciprocal and bipartite social networks--a case study of online dating. Kang Zhao, Xi Wang, Mo Yu, Bo Gao, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 2014, vol 29, 27-35

Understanding topics and sentiment in an online cancer survivor community. Ken Portier, Greta E. Greer, Lior Rokach, Nir Ofek, Yafei Wang, Prakhar Biyani, Mo Yu, Siddhartha Banerjee, Kang Zhao, Prasenjit Mitra, John Yen, Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs , 2013, vol 47, 195-198

Who Blogs What: Understanding Publishing Behaviors of Bloggers. Kang Zhao, Akhil Kumar, World Wide Web, 2013, vol 16, 621-644

Simulating Inter-organizational Collaboration Networks: a Multi-relational and Event-based Approach. Kang Zhao, John Yen, Louis-Marie Ngamassi, Carleen Maitland, Andrea Tapia, Simulation, 2012, vol 88, 616-631

Achieving High Robustness in Supply Distribution Networks by Rewiring. Kang Zhao, Akhil Kumar, John Yen, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management , 2011, vol 58, 347-362

Analyzing the Resilience of Complex Supply Network Topologies against Random and Targeted Disruptions. Kang Zhao, Akhil Kumar, Terry P. Harrison, John Yen, IEEE Systems Journal, 2011, vol 5, 28-39

Modeling Emerging Coalitions in the context of Inter-organizational Networks: A Case Study of Humanitarian Coordination. Kang Zhao, John Yen, Louis-Marie Ngamassi, Carleen Maitland, Andrea Tapia, International Journal of Intelligent Control and Systems Research, 2009, vol 14, 97-103

Simulating Emergent Urban Form Using Agent-Based Modeling: Desakota in the Suzhou-Wuxian Region in China. Yichun Xie, Michael Batty, Kang Zhao, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 2007, vol 97, 477-495

Sponsored research 

Social Dynamics of Substance Use in Online Social Networks for Smoking Cessation. Kang Zhao, Amanda L Graham, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Old Gold Summer Fellowship. Kang Zhao, The University of Iowa

Network Science Exploration Research Grant. Kang Zhao, Penn State University

Conference proceedings 

Research Collaborations in Multidisciplinary Environments – a Case Study of iSchools. Zhiya Zuo, Kang Zhao, David Eichmann

Early Prediction of Movie Success--What, Who, and When. Michael Lash, Sunyang Fu, Shiyao Wang, Kang Zhao, Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP'15), 2015, 345-349

The Diffusion of User Roles via Social Networks in Online Health Communities. Xi Wang, Kang Zhao, Gautam Pant, Proceedings of The 25th Annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'15), 2015

The Evolution and Diffusion of User Roles in Online Health Communities – A Social Support Per-spective. Xi Wang, Zhiya Zuo, Kang Zhao, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics 2015 (ICHI'15), 2015, 48-56

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

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

Referee, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2015 - Current

Referee, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 2015 - Current

Referee, INFORMS Journal on Computing, 2014 - Current

Referee, Management Science, 2014 - Current

Referee, MIS Quarterly, 2014 - Current

Review Panels, National Science Foundation, 2015 - 2015

Referee, International Conference on Information Systems, 2014 - 2014

Referee, Journal of Information Science, 2014 - 2014

Referee, Journal of Management Information Systems, 2014 - 2014

Presentations 

Concurrent Diffusions of Information and Behaviors in Online Social Networks. 2016 Winter Conference on Business Intelligence, Utah, March 2016

Social Dynamics of Substance Use in Online Social Networks for Smoking Cessation. VA Innovations in Healthcare Informatics Cyberseminar, 2015

Predicting User Engagement in Online Health Communities Based on Social Support Analysis. 2015 Winter Conference on Business Intelligence, Utah, March 2015

Users' roles and involvement in online health communities--a social support perspective. 16th International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC 2014), Philadelphia, PA, August 2014

Social Support and User Engagement in Online Health Communities. 18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2014), Chengdu, China, June 2014

Users’ Roles and Involvement in Online Health Communities —a Social Support Perspective. The 8th China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM 2014), Chengdu, China, June 2014

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, 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 
Tippie College of Business Research Steering Committee, 2015 - Current
INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence, 2014 - Current
Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS) Program Committee, 2014 - Current
INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST) Program Committee, 2013 - Current
International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC) Program Committee, 2014
International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP) Program Committee, 2013 - 2014
INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence, 2013
International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom) Program Committee, 2012
Additional training 
Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute, 2010
Summer Institute on Computational Analysis of Social & Organizational Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009