Assistant Professor and Director, HKUST-Nie Social Media Lab, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Research Fellow, Computer Lab
University of Cambridge
James is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at HKUST, and a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is also the Founding Director of the HKUST-Nie Social Media Lab, the first of its kind in Asia which focuses on the research and design issues of next-generation social media systems, networks and applications in emerging cyber-physical societies and Internet of Things environments.
Recognized as a thought leader in new media and emerging cyber-physical societies, James is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council (Social Media) where he joins government and business leaders to develop solutions to key social media issues. He is the recipient of many awards including being named one of Ten Outstanding Young Digi-Persons by the Innovation and Technology Association and the HKSAR Government in 2001; and the Outstanding Achievement of Graduate Studies Award from the University of Waterloo as well as three prestigious national awards – the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, NSERC Innovation Challenge Award and the Canada-UK Millennium Research Award in 2009.
James has called on his professional and personal connections and secured donations and sponsorships to establish this new Social Media Lab in 2011. The HKUST-Nie Social Media Lab serves as an intellectual social hub to outreach to and connect international researchers and industry people. All the connected 'dots' of academics, industrial entrepreneurs and individuals can embrace the energy of HKUST to bring about more miracles regionally or globally," he says.