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Henry B. Tippie Excellence Chair in Business Analytics



  • Professor of Business Analytics

    Tippie College of Business

  • Faculty Director, Business Analytics

    Tippie Analytics Cooperative (TAC)


Dr. Weiguo (Patrick) Fan is a Henry B. Tippie Excellence Chair Professor in Business Analytics at the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2002 from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests focus on the design and development of novel information technologies — information retrieval, data mining, text analytics, social media analytics, business intelligence techniques — to support better business information management and decision making. He has published more than 280 refereed journal and conference papers. He has 7 papers designated as the ESI highly cited papers by Web of Science. His research has been cited more than 12500 times (h-index 54, i10-index 149) as of 12/22/2021 according to Google Scholar. His research has appeared in many premier IT/IS/OM journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Productions and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Communications of the ACM, Information and Management, Journal of the American Society on Information Science and Technology, Information Processing and Management, Decision Support Systems, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Pattern Recognition, Tourism Management, International Journal of Production Research, etc.


  • PhD in Business Administration/Information Systems, University of Michigan, 2002
  • MSc in Computer Science, National University of Singapore, 1997
  • BEng in Information and Control Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 1995

Areas of Interest

  • AI/Deep Learning
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Text Analytics/Natural Language Processing

Professional Memberships

  • Associations for Information Systems, 2018
  • IEEE, 2018
  • INFORMS, 2016

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Best Paper Award for the paper "Deep Learning-Based User Feedback Classification in Mobile App Reviews", Pre-ICIS Symposium on "Addressing Global and Grand Challenges with Analytics", 2020
  • MSBA Instructor of the Year Teaching Award, University of Iowa, 2020
  • Charles A. Taff Research Excellence Award, University of Iowa, 2020
  • Design Science Award on the social media analytics for product quality surveillance, INFORMS Information System Society, 2017
  • Best conference paper award for the paper “Understanding the determinants of online review helpfulness: A meta-analytic investigation”, 16th WuHan International Conference on E-Business, 2017
  • Best conference paper award for the paper “Assessing reliability of social media data: Lessons from mining TripAdvisor hotel reviews”, the ENTER 2017 Conference, 2017

Selected Publications

  • Wang, X., Zhang, M., Fan, W. & Zhao, K. (In Press). Understanding the Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media--The Effects of Topics and a Political Leader’s Nudge. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1002/asi.24576.
  • Liu, Q., Yang, Z., Cai, X., Du, Q. & Fan, W. (2021). The more, the better? The effect of feedback and users' past successes on idea implementation in open innovation communities. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1002/asi.24555.
  • Han, X., Wang, L. & Fan, W. (2021). Is Hidden Safe? Location Protection against Machine-Learning Prediction Attacks in Social Networks. MIS Quarterly.
  • Yang, X., Yang, G., Wu, J., Dang, Y. & Fan, W. (2021). Modeling Relationships between Retail Prices and Consumer Reviews: A Machine Discovery Approach and Comprehensive Evaluations. Decision Support Systems 141 (June 2021). DOI: 10.1016/j.dss.2021.113536.
  • Wang, H., Du, R., Shen, W., Qiu, L. & Fan, W. (In Press). Product Reviews: A Benefit, A Burden, or A Trifle? How Seller Reputation Affects The Role of Product Reviews. MIS Quarterly.
  • Huang, L., Zheng, D. & Fan, W. (In Press). Do social networking sites promote life satisfaction? the explanation from an online and offline social capital transformation. Information Technology & People. DOI: 10.1108/ITP-03-2020-0143.
  • Wang, N., Zhao, S., Cui, S. & Fan, W. (In Press). A hybrid ensemble learning method for the identification of gang-related arson cases. Knowledge-Based Systems. DOI: 10.1016/j.knosys.2021.106875.
  • Zheng, Y., Zhang, Y., Feng, R., Zhang, T. & Fan, W. (In Press). Stacked Multimodal Attention Network for Context-Aware Video Captioning. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (TCSVT). DOI: 10.1109/TCSVT.2021.3058626.
  • Cheng, H. K., Fan, W., Guo, P., Huang, H. & Qiu, L. (2020). Can “Gold Medal” Online Sellers Earn Gold? The Impact of Reputation Badges on Sales. Journal of Management Information Systems 37 (4). DOI: 10.1080/07421222.2020.1831776.
  • Zhang, M., Fan, B., Zhang, N., Wang, W. & Fan, W. (2020). Mining Product Innovation Ideas from Online Reviews. Information Processing and Management 58 (1). DOI: 10.1016/j.ipm.2020.102389.

Selected Grants & Contracts

  • Fan, Weiguo Contract Training. Tippie Analytics Services: Marmon Data Analysis (PHASE 1). Sponsored by Marmon Group. Funded. September 1, 2021.

Professional Service

  • Department of Homeland Security, Review Panel, Member.
  • INFORMS, Program Committee for 2021 INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology, Member, June 2021 - November 2021.
  • INFORMS, the 5th INFORMS Workshop on Data Science, Reviewer, June 2021 - November 2021.
  • INFORMS, Program Committee for 2020 INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology, Member, June 2020 - November 2020.
  • INFORMS, the 4th INFORMS Workshop on Data Science, Steering Committee, June 2020 - November 2020.
  • INFORMS, the 3nd INFORMS Workshop on Data Science, Steering Committee, November 2019.
  • Associations for Information Systems, the 13th China Summer Workshop on Information Management, Committee Assignment, March 2019 - June 2019.
  • INFORMS, Program Committee for 2019 INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology, Member, January 2019 - November 2019.
  • INFORMS, the 2nd INFORMS Workshop on Data Science, Co-Chair, November 2018.
  • the 12th China Summer Workshop on Information Management, Co-Chair, August 2018 - June 2018.

Editorial & Review Activities

  • Information and Management, Associate Editor.
  • INFORMS Journal on Data Science, Associate Editor.
  • Journal of Association for Information Systems, Associate Editor.
  • Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, Associate Editor.