My research interests are in the area of computational journalism and public opinion, in particular in media influence on public opinion. The research I do is highly interdisciplinary, which only can be achieved by combining theoretical foundations, computational methods, and massive computing capability -- experiences I have built upon.

Before moving to QCRI in May 2014, I received my PhD in Computer Science from a Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. My Ph.D. dissertation was on news sharing in social media, in particular, I have focused on media influence and its political bias which are known to bring negative individual and societal effects. For my study, I was an honorable recipient of Google European Scholarship in Social Computing. In addition, I have been fortunate to have opportunities to collaborate with pioneers in the field of social media analysis (e.g., MPI-SWS (Germany), KAIST (South Korea), PARC (USA), and Yahoo! Barcelona (Spain)). Before joining Cambridge, Jisun completed BS and MS in Computer Science and Engineering with a concentration in Social Computing at Korea Advanced Institutes of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

She has been member of the PC of major computer science conferences and computational social science conferences, including ICWSM 2012-18, WWW 2016-18, SocInfo 2014-17, IC2S2 2016-18. She also has been organizing a workshop on News and Public Opinion (NECO) 2016-18.

Selected Publications

Jun 2018

Anatomy of Online Hate: Developing a Taxonomy and Machine Learning Models for Identifying and Classifying Hate in Online News Media

Joni Salminen, Hind Almerekhi, Milica Milenkovic, Soon-­gyo Jung, Jisun An, Haewoon Kwak, and Bernard J. Jansen

ICWSM 2018, Stanford, CA, USA

Apr 2018

What We Read, What We Search: Media Attention and Public Attention Among 193 Countries

Haewoon Kwak, Jisun An, Joni Salminen, Soon-Gyo Jung, and Bernard J. Jansen

WWW 2018, Lyon, France

Apr 2018

Is More Better?: Impact of MultiplePhotos on Perception of Persona Profiles

Joni Salminen, Lene Nielsen, Jisun An, Soon-Gyo Jung, Haewoon Kwak, and Bernard J. Jansen

CHI 2018, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

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I am open for collaborations!
Drop me an email if you are interested in the area of news and social media research.

Jisun An
Scientist at Social Computing Team,
Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University