(Report by Bowen Gao. Photos by Zeyu Zhang)

Athens, OH – Another semester of SMART Dialogue Series has ended. This fall, the SMART Lab successfully hosted 7 research talks as scheduled. The input from participants reveals that these talks have not only been informational and inspirational, they have also resulted in new research ideas and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Through this post, we wanted to provide a snapshot of the interesting topics covered in these talks:

  • Media Multitasking: The Role of Message and Channel Factors
  • Examining Chinese Tik Tok (Douyin) Users’ Engagement Behaviors based on Uses and Gratifications Theory
  • Developing a 2D Cross-Section Training Strategy for 3D Volume Segmentation by Analyzing Human Perception and Cognitive Tasks
  • Binge Drinking in the Socially Mediated World of College Men and Women
  • The Arabic Animator’s Perceptions of Arabic Animation Film Industry
  • Music for Peace: Social Media Analytics for Understanding India-Pakistan User Engagement on YouTube
  • A Network Analysis of Campaign on Twitter about the Deportation of Eritrean Refugees from Israel
  • Bring the “Journalism” to the “Data”

We sincerely appreciate our faculty and doctoral-student presenters for sharing their research approaches and findings. We are glad to see the Dialogue Series organized by the SMART Lab achieving its desired objective: promoting interdisciplinary research. Over the past 2 years, we have seen undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, such as journalism, visual communication, communication studies, and marketing, being highly engaged in our research talks.

“Building upon our success in promoting a culture of social media and analytics based research, we will continue embracing academic diversity and providing a platform for faculty and students to present their studies and learn from each other”, said Dr. Khan, the Director of SMART Lab.

If you would like to give a research talk at our SMART Dialogue Series for spring 2019, please contact our lab assistant Zeyu Zhang at zz004816@ohio.edu. You may also contact Zhang for questions regarding the SMART Lab. If you are interested in receiving timely notifications about our future SMART Dialogue Series research talks, please follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SMARTlabOhioU/.