Prof. Kim Receives Grant to Explore the Sociopsychological Healing Process of COVID-19 (12/2021)
Prof. Ki Joon Kim has received a competitive research grant from the Academy of Korean Studies, Ministry of Education, Korea. The funded project, entitled “Effects of South Korean Homogeneity on the Perceptions of Patients with Coronavirus Disease: A Comparison of Hybrid Social Identities in Hong Kong,” will examine how the South Korean people’s homogeneous identity emphasizing pure Korean-ness influences the way they perceive and respond to COVID-19 patients by comparing with the role played by the Hong Kong people’s complex, hybrid social identities (“Chinese, but also Hongkongese” or “Hongkongese, but also Chinese”), with implications for greater understanding and sociopsychological healing of polarized individuals during the pandemic and post-pandemic eras.
Prof. Kim Receives the Outstanding Research Award (9/2021)
Prof. Ki Joon Kim has received the 2021 Outstanding Research Award and a prize of US$ 22,000, the highest recognition of research excellence at City University of Hong Kong. An expert panel comprising senior academicians of the University and external reviewers unanimously selected Prof. Kim as this year’s award recipient in recognition of his world-class research and scholarship. Only three humanities and social sciences faculty members have won the award before Prof. Kim since its inception in 2007.
Prof. Kim has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed research articles, and his works have been featured in major international news outlets, including TIME, NBC News, Fox News, and the Guardian, as well as in local media in more than 15 countries. According to the standardized citation metrics developed by a Stanford research team based on the Scopus database, Prof. Kim is one of the world’s top 1% most cited scientists in the field of human factors and also in all scientific fields considered together.
New Students Join the Lab (6/2021)
Yuanyi holds a B.A. degree in Broadcasting from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a M.A. degree in Journalism and Communication from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)’s School of Media and Communication.
Yuheng is a joint Ph.D. student also joining from SJTU. He holds a B.A. degree in Advertising from Sichuan University and is currently a 1st year Ph.D. student in the School of Media and Communication at SJTU.
Prof. Kim's Advisee Successfully Defends Dissertation & Receives the ICA Student Paper Award (5/2021)
Sai Wang, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong, has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Cross-cutting Exposure in Online News Comments: How Group Identification and Uncivil Discourse Affect Deliberative Outcomes.” She will soon join Chinese University of Hong Kong as a postdoctoral researcher.
Another exciting news is that Sai has received the 2021 Top Student Paper Award from the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association for her paper entitled “Man vs. Machine: The Impact of Algorithmic Comment Moderation on News Perceptions.” The final version of this paper has been published in Digital Journalism.
HKPFS Awardee Joins the Lab (4/2021)
Yeonju Jang, a recent M.S. graduate of Sungkywunkwan University’s Department of Interaction Science, has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong and offered the Hong Kong government's highly competitive, prestigious Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship (HKPFS) providing full scholarship, stipend, and travel allowance during her Ph.D. study starting from Fall 2021 under Prof. Kim’s supervision.
Yeonju holds a bachelor's degree in Adverting and Public Relations from Ewha Womans University and a master’s degree in Interaction Science from Sungkywunkwan. Her research has appeared in SSCI/SCI journals such as the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, and Telematics & Informatics.
Prof. Kim Early Promoted with Tenure (3/2021)
Prof. Ki Joon Kim has been awarded an early promotion to an Associate Professor with substantiation effective from 1 July 2021, becoming the first and only faculty member ever awarded early promotion with tenure in the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong. The promotion was unanimously recommended by the internal staffing committee and external reviewers, in recognition of his distinct contributions to academia and the University.
Prof. Kim is also the Department’s first and only recipient of the New Researcher Award, Teaching Start-up Grant, and Teaching Development Grant recognizing his distinguished research excellence and innovative teaching initiatives at the University. According to the standardized citation metrics developed by a Stanford research team based on the Scopus database, Prof. Kim is one of the world’s top 1% most cited researchers in the field of human factors and also the most published and cited faculty member in the Department.
Prof. Kim Receives the Teaching Development Grant (1/2021)
After successfully completing his earlier pedagogical project supported by the Teaching Start-up Grant (TSG), Prof. Ki Joon Kim has recently received the Teaching Development Grant (TDG) from the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong, becoming the Department’s first and only recipient of both TSG and TDG. The funded TDG project, entitled “Interacting Socially with Artificial Intelligence: Learning to Code, Communicate, and Collaborate with a Smart Robot,” aims to enable students enrolled in Prof. Kim’s courses to better understand and predict the nature, processes, and outcomes of human-AI interaction and AI-mediated communication.
Prof. Kim Recognized as the World’s Top 1% Scientist (10/2020)
A recent study conducted by a Stanford University research team recognized Prof. Ki Joon Kim as one of the world’s top 1% most-cited scientists. In the field of human factors, Prof. Kim ranked 104 among 13,251 scientists (with at least five published papers) identified by the 2019 Scopus database. The ranking was prepared according to a subject-wise analysis using a composite indicator that included various citation metrics such as total citations, h-index, and hm-index.
Prof. Kim Receives the General Research Fund (7/2020)
Prof. Ki Joon Kim has received the 2020/21 General Research Fund (GRF) from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. The funded GRF project, entitled “Social Consensus on Ethical Dilemmas of Autonomous Vehicles in Hong Kong: A Comparison with Collectivist and Individualist Cultures,” investigates whether/how users adopt different moral reasoning strategies to process varying ethical dilemmas arising from the adoption and use of autonomous vehicles and how this process shapes their moral judgment and perceptions of the vehicles, with an emphasis on the imperative role of cultural differences (Eastern vs. Western) in perceiving and resolving ethical dilemmas pertaining to the technology.
Prof. Kim is the Department’s only recipient of this year's GRF grant.
Prof. Kim's Advisee Publishes in Top Journals (3/2020)
Sai Wang, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong, has recently published single- and lead-authored articles in top journals. The study published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media investigates how the presumed effects of uncivil news comments on other users influence perceivers’ intention to engage in restrictive or corrective counteractive measures. Another study published in New Media & Society examines factors influencing cyberbystanders’ likelihood of intervening in cyberbullying on social media. The study published earlier this year in the Journal of Product & Brand Management explores the psychological process through which negative news coverage of a celebrity endorser influences consumer attitudes and purchase intention. “In less than a year, Sai has published three thought provoking articles in top-tier SSCI journals and presented four papers at major international conferences. She is one of the finest outcomes of our doctoral program and is already an independent, productive researcher,” said her Ph.D. supervisor, Prof. Ki Joon Kim.
Prof. Kim Appointed as New Associate Editor of Behaviour & Information Technology (5/2018)
Prof. Ki Joon Kim has been appointed as an associate editor of Behaviour & Information Technology (BIT), a highly regarded SSCI journal for the study of human–computer interaction and information technology. BIT, published by Taylor & Francis since 1982, focuses on the relationship between people and technology and reports original research on the social, behavioural, and psychological impact of human interactions with information and communications technology in all its forms. Prof. Kim welcomes submissions from a variety of disciplines, including human–computer interaction, psychology, ergonomics, sociology, design, and especially communication.
Prof. Kim Receives the New Researcher Award and Teaching Start-Up Grant (5/2018)
Prof. Ki Joon Kim has received the 2018 New Researcher Award and Teaching Start-up Grant recognizing his distinguished research excellence and innovative teaching initiatives at City University of Hong Kong. The awards were established to emphasize the University’s commitment to creating an environment conducive to high quality research and teaching at an internationally competitive level. Prof. Kim is the Department's first and only recipient of the awards.