Zhicong Lu

I’m Zhicong Lu (陆志聪, Caleb), an assitant professor at Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong. I finished my PhD in Computer Science and under the supervision of Professor Daniel Wigdor. Previously I was a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies of Information and Art Design in Tsinghua University, China, supervised by Professor Ying-Qing Xu and Professor Yuanchun Shi. Before starting my master, I had a bachelor of Electronic Engineering and Game Design at Tsinghua University.

My research interests lie at the intersection of HCI, social computing, computational social science, and machine learning, especially in studying, designing, and building systems that support social interactions, to enhance trust, engagement, and knowledge sharing in virtual and physical spaces. I am currently exploring how to leverage live streaming for sharing knowledge and safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

For more information, see my CV.

How to join my group:
I am looking for talented and highly motivated PhD students and RAs/interns who are interested in social computing and computational social science to join my group.If you are interested in working with me, please send me an email with your CV.

news & travel

2021-03 Our CHI 2021 paper got a Best Paper Honourable Mention Award! (Top 5% submissions)
2021-01 Started my appointment as an assistant professor at CityU HK
2020-12 Two first-authored papers accepted to ACM CSCW 2021
2020-12 Three papers accepted to ACM CHI 2021
2019-12 Our paper on misinformation in China has been accepted to ACM CHI 2020

publications

2021

  1. CHI
    More Kawaii than a Real-Person Streamer: Understanding How the Otaku Community Engages with and Perceives Virtual YouTubers
    Lu, Zhicong, Shen, Chenxinran, Li, Jiannan, Shen, Hong, and Wigdor, Daniel
    In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021
  2. CHI
    The Labor of Fun: Understanding the Social Relationships between Gamers and Paid Gaming Teammates in China
    CHI 2021 Best Paper Honourable Mention
    Shen, Chenxinran, Lu, Zhicong, Faas, Travis, and Wigdor, Daniel
    In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021
  3. CHI
    All in One Group: Current Practices, Lessons and Challenges of Chinese Home-School Communication in IM Group Chat
    Yao, Zheng, Gong, Jiangtao, and Lu, Zhicong
    In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021
  4. CSCW
    StreamSketch: Exploring Multi-Modal Interactions in Creative Live Streams
    Lu, Zhicong, Kazi, Ribaiat Habib, Wei, Li-yi, Dontcheva, Mira, and Karahalios, Karrie
    Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5(CSCW) (to appear at CSCW 2021) 2021
  5. CSCW
    “Positive Energy”: Perceptions and Attitudes Towards COVID-19 Information on Social Media in China
    Lu, Zhicong, Jiang, Yue, Shen, Chenxinran, Jack, Margaret, Wigdor, Daniel, and Naaman, Mor
    Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5(CSCW) (to appear at CSCW 2021) 2021

2020

  1. CHI
    The Government’s Dividend: Complex Perceptions of Social Media Misinformation in China
    Lu, Zhicong, Jiang, Yue, Lu, Cheng, Naaman, Mor, and Wigdor, Daniel
    In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020
  2. HCII
    Exploring TikTok Use and Non-use Practices and Experiences in China
    Lu, Xing, Lu, Zhicong, and Liu, Changqing
    In Social Computing and Social Media. Participation, User Experience, Consumer Experience, and Applications of Social Computing, HCI International 2020

2019

  1. Live Streaming in China for Sharing Knowledge and Promoting Intangible Cultural Heritage
    Lu, Zhicong
    Interactions 2019
  2. Improving Viewer Engagement and Communication Efficiency within Non-Entertainment Live Streaming
    Lu, Zhicong
    In The Adjunct Publication of the 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2019
  3. CSCW
    Vicariously Experiencing It All Without Going Outside: A Study of Outdoor Livestreaming in China
    Lu, Zhicong, Annett, Michelle, and Wigdor, Daniel
    Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 3(CSCW) 2019
  4. CHI
    “I Feel It is My Responsibility to Stream”: Streaming and Engaging with Intangible Cultural Heritage through Livestreaming
    CHI 2019 Best Paper Award
    Lu, Zhicong, Annett, Michelle, Fan, Mingming, and Wigdor, Daniel
    In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
  5. HCII
    Fifteen Seconds of Fame: A Qualitative Study of Douyin, A Short Video Sharing Mobile Application in China
    Lu, Xing, and Lu, Zhicong
    In Social Computing and Social Media. Participation, User Experience, Consumer Experience, and Applications of Social Computing, HCI International 2019

2018

  1. CHI
    You Watch, You Give, and You Engage: A Study of Live Streaming Practices in China
    Lu, Zhicong, Xia, Haijun, Heo, Seongkook, and Wigdor, Daniel
    In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018
  2. CSCW
    StreamWiki: Enabling Viewers of Knowledge Sharing Live Streams to Collaboratively Generate Archival Documentation for Effective In-Stream and Post Hoc Learning
    Lu, Zhicong, Heo, Seongkook, and Wigdor, Daniel J.
    Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 2(CSCW) 2018
  3. VIS
    InkPlanner: Supporting prewriting via intelligent visual diagramming
    Lu, Zhicong, Fan, Mingming, Wang, Yun, Zhao, Jian, Annett, Michelle, and Wigdor, Daniel
    IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics 2018

2017

  1. Comparing Mid-Air Finger Motion with Touch for Small Target Acquisition on Wearable Devices
    Fan, Mingming, Hettiarachchi, Anuruddha, Lu, Zhicong, Ha, Seyong, and Gupta, Priyank
    In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2017
  2. HCII EA
    The Rise and Proliferation of Live-Streaming in China: Insights and Lessons
    Lin, Jinglan, and Lu, Zhicong
    In HCI International 2017 – Posters’ Extended Abstracts 2017