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PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Research Fellow, Computer Lab., University of Cambridge
Senior Member, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
Research Area
Data Science and AI (DSAI)
Wireless Communications and Networking (WCN)
Research Interests
Data Science and AI (DSAI)
Social computing, media and networks
AI technologies for art, design and media
IoT/ communication technologies for media systems

James She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is also the founding director of Asia's first social media lab, HKUST-NIE Social Media Lab, and spearheads multidisciplinary research and innovation on the areas of: 1) data science in multimedia; 2) social computing, media and networks; 3) AI technologies for art, design and media; 4) IoT/ communication technologies for media systems. With these research interests, James and his research group have produced over 80+ publications in top journals and conferences with several best papers awards, innovations awards, patents and open-sourced software/hardware contributions. Some of these research outputs have led to several technology transfer activities and even startup companies supported by individual and venture investors.

In addition, James is the associate editor for both IEEE Transaction on Multimedia and ACM Transaction on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications. Beside taking up the organizing roles in several international conferences and academic events, he also served as the advisors or consultants for some projects/organizations in private, governments and non-profit sectors, such as World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council (Social Media), Hong Kong Consumer Council, as well as some local hi-tech companies.

He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and he was the recipient of multiple national, university and scientific community awards, including the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, NSERC Innovation Challenge Award, Canada-UK Millennium Research Award, Outstanding Achievement of Graduate Studies, Associate Editor of the Year 2017 (ACM TOMM), etc. Check for other details.

Honors & Awards
Honors and Awards

He was awarded an honor of “Outstanding Achievement of Graduate Studies” by the university for his Ph.D. degree, which is one of the only two of such recognitions for outstanding Ph.D. graduates across all faculties. He is also the recipient of multiple national awards in 2009 – NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, NSERC Innovation Challenge Award (the 1st runner-up) and Canada-UK Millennium Research Award.

He is also nominated by the engineering faculty and the university for 2010 NSERC Doctoral Prizes recently, which is a national award to recognize the excellence of the Ph.D. thesis for the contributions in engineering and science across Canada.

In 2001, James was the youngest recipient, to-date, to be named one of “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” by the Innovation and Technology Association and the Information Technology Department, of the Government of Hong Kong. In addition, he received two Hong Kong Industry Awards with his patented technology. The same patents were acquired by a US firm in 2008.