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Dr HU, Xiao

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Dr HU, Xiao

胡 曉

B.S. (Wuhan), M.E. (BUPT), M.C.S. (Illinois), Ph.D. (Illinois)

Assistant Professor

Division of Information and Technology Studies

Tel: (852) 2219 4722

Location: Room 209, Runme Shaw Building

Areas of Expertise:

Data Mining, Information Retrieval, Digital Libraries, Organization of Information, Learning Analytics, Learning Technologies, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning

Areas of Expertise
  • Dr. Hu's research focuses on the intersection of information technologies and user behaviors. She uses machine learning and data mining methods to analyze human behaviors. She also evaluates systems facilitating information organization and access. 
  • Dr. Hu is also conducting research on Learning Analytics, using predictive models to analyze learning outcomes, and exploring how social network supports collaborative learning.
  • Dr. Hu is currently recruiting graduate and undergraduate students to work on projects on building various I.T. tools for research and teaching. If you are proficient in web programming languages (PHP, JavaScript, etc.), MySQL and SQL, scripting languages (Perl or Python), and familiar with visualization packages (e.g AngularJS, Django), please feel free to contact her.
Awards

Best Paper/Poster Awards

  • Finalist, Van Bush Best Paper Award, ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), 2012
  • Berner-Nash Best Doctoral Dissertation, University of Illinois, 2011
  • Best Student Paper Award, ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), 2010
  • Best Student Paper Award, iConference 2010 Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Research Poster Competition, 3rd place, ALISE 2010
  • Best Poster Award Runner-up, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2008
  • Best Poster Award Runner-up, Digital Humanities Annual Conference, 2006
  • Best Poster Award, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2005

Awards

  • Women in Music Information Retrieval (WiMIR) Award, ISMIR, 2016

Scholarships

  • Academic Sinica, Taiwan, 2016
  • Non-MOU Visiting Scholarship, National Institution of Informatics, Japan, 2011
  • Houchens Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2008
  • Irwin Lois Wells Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2008
  • Scholarship of Library and Information Science, Chinese American Librarians Association, 2006

 Travel Awards

  • SIGWEB Student Travel Award for Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2010
  • Doctoral Colloquium Travel Bursary, iConference 2010
  • Doctoral Consortium Travel Bursary, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2009
  • Annual Conference Bursary, Association for Computers and the Humanities 2006
  • Student Travel Bursary, Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science 2006
  • Graduate School of Library & Information Science Conference Travel Awards 2005 – 2010
Projects
  • Improving Teaching and Learning of Common Core Courses through Learning Analytics, Teaching Development Grant, University of Hong Kong, 2015 - 2016
  • Learning Analytics for Wiki-based Learning Environments in Primary and Secondary Schools, Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, 2014 - 2017
  • Feasibility Study on Integrating Learning Analytics into E-Learning Platforms for Schools, Seed Funding for Applied Research, University of Hong Kong, 2014 - 2015
  • Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Integrating Mobile Learning with Learning Management Systems, Teaching Development Grant, University of Hong Kong, 2014 - 2016
  • Assessment of Collaborative Learning on Social Media: An Automated Mechanism, Faculty Teaching Development Fund, University of Hong Kong, 2014 - 2016
  • Mining Wiki Logs and Content of Secondary Students in Hong Kong, Faculty Research Fund, University of Hong Kong, 2014
  • Cross-cultural Music Information Retrieval: A Chinese Perspective, Seed Funding for Basic Research, University of Hong Kong, 2013 - 2014
  • User-centered Evaluation of Music Information Retrieval Faculty Research Fund (US$2,931), University of Denver, 2012
  • Modeling and Predicting Task Difficulty in Searching for Music, Collaborative Research (with Prof. Noriko Kando), National Institute of Informatics, Japan, 2013 - 2014
  • Creating Online Courses: LIS 4804 Digital Objects and Collections, Center for Teaching and Learning Grant (US $3,000), University of Denver, 2012
  • DU Learning Ecosystem: A Pilot Grant (Led by Drs. Lyndsay Agans and Karen Riley) GATES Foundation, 2012
  • MCEconnect: A 21st Century Framework for Faculty Development (Led by Dr. P. Bruce Uhrmacher) Center for Teaching and Learning Grant, University of Denver, 2011
Publications
  • Hu, X. & Yang, Y.- H. (In press). The mood of Chinese Pop music: Representation and recognition. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. [Preprint]
  • Hu, X. & Kando, N. (In press). Task Complexity and Difficulty in Music Information Retrieval. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. [Preprint]
  • Hu, X., Qiao, C. & Fu, K.-W. (in press). Weibo. In SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods. Sage.
  • Lai, C., Wang, Q., Li, X., & Hu, X. (2016). The influence of individual espoused cultural values on self-directed use of technology for language learning beyond the classroom. Computers in Human Behavior, 62, 676-688.
  • Hu, X. & Lee, J. H. (2016). Towards Global Music Digital Libraries: A Cross-Cultural Comparison on The Mood of Chinese Music. Journal of Documentation. [Preprint]
  • Choi, K., Lee, J. H., Hu, X. & Downie, J. D. (2016). Music Subject Classification Based on Lyrics and User Interpretations, In Proceedings of Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 2016. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Choi, K., Lee, J. H., Laplante, A., Hao, Y., Cunningham, & Downie, J. S. (2016). WiMIR: An Informetric Study on Women Authors in ISMIR. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR). [PDF]
  • Lai, C., Wang, Q., Li, X., & Hu, X. (2016). The influence of individual espoused cultural values on self-directed use of technology for language learning beyond the classroom. Computers in Human Behavior, 62, 676-688.
  • Hu, X. & Yang, Y. H. (2016). Cross-dataset and Cross-cultural Music Mood Prediction: A Case on Western and Chinese Pop Songs. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. DOI=10.1109/TAFFC.2016.2523503 [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Lee, J., Bainbridge, D., Choi, K., Organisciak, P. & Downie, J. S. (2016). The MIREX Grand Challenge: A Framework of Holistic User Experience Evaluation in Music Information Retrieval, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. [PDF] DOI=10.1002/ASI.23618
  • Hu, X., Choi, K., & Downie, J. S. (2016). A Framework for Evaluating Multimodal Music Mood Classification, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. [PreprintDOI=10.1002/ASI.23649
  • Kwok, K. K. K., Ng, T. D. J., Chu, S. K. W., & Hu, X. (2016). Information Literacy among Secondary School Students in Hong Kong: Actual Abilities, Self-Perceptions and Teachers’ Support, presented at CITE Research Symposium, June 2016, Hong Kong.
  • Qiao, C., Hu, X., & Chu, S. K. W. (2016). Enhancing Wikiglass with Analytic Functions for Cognitive Domain and Authorial Stance Detection, presented at CITE Research Symposium, June 2016, Hong Kong.
  • Ng, J., Lei, C.-U., Iseli-Chan, N., Li, J., Siu, F., & Hu, X. (2016). Non-repository Uses of Moodle through Mobile Access: Students’ Usage Patterns and Perceptions, presented at CITE Research Symposium, June 2016, Hong Kong.
  • Tian, L., Hu, X., Ng, J., & Lei, L. (2016). Towards Automatic Assessments of Collaborative Writing on Wiki, presented at CITE Research Symposium, June 2016, Hong Kong.
  • Chi, P., Zeng, R., & Hu, X. (2016). Predicting students learning outcomes based on Learning Management System log patterns, presented at CITE Research Symposium, June 2016, Hong Kong.
  • Hu, X., Zhang, Y., Chu, S., & Ke, X. (2016). Towards Personalizing An E-quiz Bank for Primary School Students: An Exploration with Association Rule Mining and Clustering, In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge Proceedings, LAK '16, April 25 - 29, 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. DOI=10.1145/2883851.2883959 [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Ng, J. T. D., Lu, T., & Lei, C-U. (2016). Automating Assessment of Collaborative Writing Quality In Multiple Stages: The Case of Wiki, In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge Proceedings, LAK '16, April 25 - 29, 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. DOI=10.1145/2883851.2883963 [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Ip, J., Sadaful, K., Lui, G., & Chu, S. (2016). Wikiglass: A Learning Analytic Tool for Visualizing Collaborative Wikis of Secondary School Students Submission, In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge Proceedings, LAK '16, April 25 - 29, 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Lei, L. C. U., Li, J., Iseli-Chan, N., Siu, F. L., & Chu, S. K. W. (2016). Access Moodle Using Mobile Phones: Student Usage and Perceptions. In Mobile Learning Design: Theories and Application (pp. 155-171). Springer Singapore. DOI=10.1007/978-981-10-0027-0_10
  • Lee, J. H., Hu, X., Choi, K. & Downie, J. S. (2015). MIREX Grand Challenge 2014 on User Experience: Qualitative Analysis of User Feedback. I Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR). [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Lei L. C. U., Li, J., Iseli-Chan, N., Siu, F. L. C. & Chu, S. K. W. (2015). Access Moodle Using Mobile Phones: Student Usage and Perceptions, In Proceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival, May 22-23, 2015, Hong Kong. [Word]
  • Hu, X., Lee, J. H., Choi, K. & Downie, J. S. (2014) A Cross-Cultural Study on the Mood of K-POP Songs, In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR),Oct. 2014, Taipei, Taiwan. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Lee, J. H., Wong, L. K. Y. (2014) Music Information Behaviors and System Preferences of University Students in Hong Kong, In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR),Oct. 2014, Taipei, Taiwan. [PDF]
  • Downie, J. S., Hu, X., Lee, J. H., Choi, K., Cunningham, S. J., Hao, Y. and Bainbridge, D. (2014) Ten Years of MIREX (Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange): Reflections, Challenges and Opportunities, In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR),Oct. 2014, Taipei, Taiwan. [PDF]
  • Hu, X. & Yang, Y.-H. (2014) A Study on Cross-cultural and Cross-dataset Generalizability of Music Mood Regression Models, In Proceedings of 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC), Sep. 2014, Athens, Greece. [PDF]
  • Zhang, H. & Hu, X. (2014) A Quantitative Comparison on File Folder Structures of Two Groups of Information Workers, In Proceedings of the International Conference on Digital Libraries, Sep. 2014, London, UK. [PDF]
  • Hu, X. & Yang, Y.-H. (2014) Cross-Cultural Mood Regression for Music Digital Libraries, In Proceedings of the International Conference on Digital Libraries, Sep. 2014, London, UK. [PDF]
  • Hu, X. & Kando, N. (2014) Evaluation of Music Search in Casual-Leisure Situations, In Proceedings of Search for Fun Workshop at the Information Interaction in Context conference (IIiX), Aug. 2014, Regensburg, Germany. [PDF
  • Lee, J. H. & Hu, X. (2014).Cross-cultural Similarities and Differences in Music Mood Perception. In Proceedings of the iConference, Berlin, Germany, Mar. 2014, (pp. 259-269). [PDF].
  • Lee, J. H., Choi, K., Hu, X. & Downie, J. S. (2013). K-Pop Genres: A Cross-Cultural Exploration. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Curitiba, Brazil. Nov. 2013. [PDF]
  • Hu, X. & Chu, S. K. W. (2013) A Comparison on Using Social Media in A Professional Experience Course. Presented in International Conference on Social Media and Society, Sep. 2013, Halifax, Canada. [PDF]
  • Hu, X. (2013). Towards Automatic Analysis of Online Discussions among Hong Kong Students. Presented in CITE Research Symposium, May. 2013, Hong Kong SAR.
  • Hu, X. & Lee, J. H. (2012). A Cross-Cultural Study of Music Mood Perception between American and Chinese Listeners. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Porto, Portugal, Oct. 2012 (pp.535-540). [PDF].
  • Hu, X. & Kando, N. (2012). User-centered Measures vs. System Effectiveness in Finding Similar Songs. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Porto, Portugal, Oct. 2012 (pp. 331-336). [PDF]
  • Yang, Y.-H. & Hu, X. (2012). Cross-Cultural Music Mood Classification: A Comparison on English and Chinese Songs. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Porto, Portugal, Oct. 2012 (pp. 19-24). [PDF]
  • Lee, J. H. & Hu, X. (2012). Generating Ground Truth for Mood Classification in Music Digital Libraries Using Mechanical Turk. In Proceedings of the IEEE-ACM Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Washington D.C., U.S.A., Jun. 2012. (Van Bush Best Paper Award Finalist). [PDF]
  • Hu, X. (2012). Session summary: The RDAP12 panel on training data management practitioners. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 38(5). Accessible at http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Jun-12/JunJul12_Hu.html
  • Wickett, K. M., Hu, X., Andrea Thomer (2012). RDAP12 summit: Challenges and opportunities for data management. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 38(5). Accessible at http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Jun-12/JunJul12_Wickett_Hu_Thomer.html
  • Hu, X. & Yu, B. (2011). Exploring the Relationship between Mood and Creativity in Rock Lyrics. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Miami, FL, Oct. 2011 (pp. 789-794). [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Kando, N., & Yuan, X. (2011). User Evaluation of an Interactive Music Information Retrieval System. In Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR), Mountain View, CA, Oct. 2010. [PDF]
  • Hu, X. (2010). Music and Mood: Where Theory and Reality Meet. In Proceedings of the 5th iConference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, Feb. 2010. (Best Student Paper Award) [PDF]
  • Hu, X. & Downie, J. S. (2010). When Lyrics Outperform Audio for Music Mood Classification: A Feature Analysis. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Utrecht, Netherlands, Aug. 2010 (pp. 619-624). [PDF]
  • Hu, X. & Downie, J. S. (2010). Improving Mood Classification in Music Digital Libraries by Combining Lyrics and Audio. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries’2010, (JCDL), Surfers Paradise, Australia,  June 2010. (Best Student Paper Award) [PDF]
  • Hu, X. & Liu, J. (2010). Evaluation of Music Information Retrieval: Towards a User-Centered Approach. In Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval (HCIR), New Brunswick, NJ, Aug. 2010. [PDF]
  • Cheng, J., Hu, X,. & Heidorn, P. B. (2010). New Measures for the Evaluation of Information Retrieval Systems: Normalized Task Completion Time and Normalized User Effectiveness. In Proceedings of the 73th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 2010 (pp.1-9). [PDF]
  • Hu, X. & Downie, J. S. (2010). MIR2.0: Exploiting Users' Input in Music Information Retrieval. Presented at the JCDL Workshop on Music Information Retrieval for the Masses, Surfers Paradise, Australia, Jun. 2010. [PDF]
  • Liu, J. & Hu, X. (2010). User-Centered Music Information Retrieval Evaluation. Presented at the JCDL Workshop on Music Information Retrieval for the Masses, Surfers Paradise, Australia, Jun. 2010. [PDF]
  • Hu, X. (2009). Combining Text and Audio for Music Mood Classification in Music Digital Libraries. IEEE Bulletin of Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (TCDL). 5(3). Accessible at http://www.ieee-tcdl.org/Bulletin/v5n3/Hu/hu.html
  • Hu, X. (2009). Categorizing Music Mood in Social Context. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of ASIS&T , Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 2009. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Downie, J. S., & Ehmann, A.(2009). Lyric Text Mining in Music Mood Classification. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Kobe, Japan, Oct. 2009 (pp. 411-416). [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Downie, J. S., Laurier, C., Bay, M., & Ehmann, A. (2008). The 2007 MIREX Audio Mood Classification Task: Lessons Learned. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Philadelphia, PA, Sep. 2008 (pp.462-467). [PDF]
  • Hu, X., & Downie, J. S. (2007). Exploring Mood Metadata: Relationships with Genre, Artist and Usage Metadata. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Vienna, Austria, Sep. 2007. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Bay, M., & Downie, J. S. (2007). Creating a Simplified Music Mood Classification Groundtruth Set. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Vienna, Austria, Sep. 2007. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Downie, J. S., & Ehmann, A. (2007). Distinguishing Editorial and Customer Critiques of Cultural Objects Using Text Mining. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH/ALLC), Champaign, IL, Jun. 2007. [PDF]
  • Wang, X., Zhai, C., Hu, X., & Sproat, R. (2007). Mining Correlated Bursty Topic Patterns from Coordinated Text Streams. In Proceedings of the 13th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining(KDD), San Jose, CA, Aug. 2007. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Downie, J. S., & Ehmann, A. (2006). Exploiting Recommended Usage Metadata: Exploratory Analyses. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Victoria, Canada, Oct. 2006. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., & Downie, J. S. (2006). Stylistics in Customer Reviews of Cultural Objects. In Proceedings of the 2nd SIGIR Stylistics for Text Retrieval Workshop, Seattle, WA, Aug. 2006. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Downie, J. S, & Jones, M. C. (2006). Criticism Mining: Text Mining Experiments on Book, Movie and Music Reviews. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH/ALLC), June 2006, Paris-Sorbonne, France.
  • Downie, J. S., & Hu, X. (2006). Review Mining for Music Digital Libraries: Phase II. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries’06, (JCDL), June 2006, Chaple Hill, NC.
  • Downie, J. S., Jones, M. C., & Hu, X. (2006). Voice Mining: A Promising New Application of Data Mining Techniques in the Humanities Domain. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH/ALLC), Paris-Sorbonne, France, Jun. 2006. [PDF]
  • Downie, J. S., & Hu, X. (2006). Review Mining for Music Digital Libraries: Phase II. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries’06, (JCDL), Chaple Hill, NC, Jun. 2006. [PDF]
  • Downie, J. S., Jones, M. C., & Hu, X. (2006). Voice Mining: A Promising New Application of Data Mining Techniques in the Humanities Domain. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH/ALLC), Paris-Sorbonne, France, Jun. 2006. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Downie, J. S., West, K., & Ehmann, A. (2005). Mining Music Reviews: Promising Preliminary Results. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), London, UK, Sep. 2005. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Jackson, L., Deng, S., Lin, G., & Zhang, J. (2005). Automatic Subject Heading Assignment for Online Government Publications using A Semi-supervised Machine Learning Approach. In Proceedings of ASIS&T Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, Nov. 2005. [PDF]
  • Lee, J. H., Hu, X., & Downie, J. S. (2005). Q&A Websites: Rich Research Resources for Contextualizing Information Retrieval Behaviors. (position paper) In Proceedings of SIGIR IRiX Workshop, Salvador, Brazil, Aug. 2005 (pp.33-36). [PDF]
  • Downie, J. S., Ehmann A. & Hu, X. (2005). Music-to-Knowledge (M2K): A Prototyping and Evaluation Environment for Music Digital Library Research. (Demonstration) In Proceedings of Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), Denver, CO, Jun. 2005. [PDF]
  • Huang, C., Zhao, J., & Hu, X. (2005). A Sustainable Development OCR System in CADAL Application. Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A, 6(11): 1312-1317. [PDF]
  • Hu, X., Bandhakavi, S., & Zhai, C. (2003). Error Analysis of Difficult TREC Topics. In Proceedings of the 26th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference, Toronto, Canada, Jul. 2003. [PDF]

 

Professional Community Services
  • Chair Elected, ASIS&T Special Interest Group on International Information Issues, 2014 - 2015
  • Board Member and Treasurer, International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2012 - 2014
  • Co-organizer, Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI), Hong Kong, 2013 - 2014
  • Event Planning Committee, ASIS&T SIGIII, 2012
  • Board Member and Treasurer, International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2012 - present
  • Planning Committee, Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, 2012
  • Program committee, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2011, 2012
  • Program committee: 4th International Workshop on Advances in Music Information Research (AdMIRe), 2012
  • Program committee, the 1st International CIKM Workshop on Topic-Sentiment Analysis for Mass Opinion Measurement, 2009
  • Membership Committee, Chinese American Librarian Association Midwest Chapter, 2005 - 2006
  • Reviewer for the journals, International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Information Processing and Management, Journal of Information Science, Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, The Computer Journal, Connection Science, 2008 - present
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