Author: Haiting Hu

Interview with Dr. James Cummings

By Haiting Hu Dr. James Cummings is Assistant Professor in the Division of Emerging Media Studies and previously served as co-director of the Communication Research Center at Boston University. His research investigates human-computer interaction, technical affordances and the cognitive and emotional processing and effect of media use. This week, we invited Dr. James Cummings to […]

Smartphone App that can Diagnose Mental Health Issues

By Haiting Hu A start-up from Israel recently developed a mobile phone application named Brain Profiler that can scientifically diagnose an array of mental health issues using AI. The application, which is capable of performing a quicker assessment that its human counterparts, was developed by Montfort, an Israeli start-up, along with Dr. Abraham Peled, lecturer […]

Managing Children’s Screen Time

By Haiting Hu Screen time spent on cellphones and tablets has become a common tool for parents to occupy and entertain their kids. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, distance learning has made parents “redefine screen time” for their children and has raised concerns about balancing screen time usage with life outside of technology. “For teens […]

Dating Technology- From VCR to Mobile Applications

By Haiting Hu These days, dating sites and applications are becoming more and more popular for finding a romantic partner. An article on Vox describes how 1970s VCR dating was the precursor of our dating apps today. Jeff Ullman made the first foray into video dating as the founder of Great Expectations. Ullman recorded three-minute […]

Cellphone Use Policies in Workplaces

By Haiting Hu A gunman killed 8 people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis several weeks ago. A policy that was in place to reduce cellphone distractions while working ultimately delayed victims calling for help or contacting their families. An article on the Wall Street Journal takes us to a closer look at cellphone usage […]

Technologies that “Reset Office Culture”

By Haiting Hu The pandemic has forced many people to work from home. An article in The Wall Street Journal showed us how Zoom and FaceTime are creating a new online working environment for businesses during the pandemic and how these online platforms might continue to replace business travel going forward. These “cloud-based collaborative tools” […]

Immersive Learning with VR and AR

Author: Haiting Hu Modern technologies have created a new teaching and learning experience for educators and students in the classroom. Especially during the pandemic, the demands of distance-learning have highlighted the necessity of incorporating digital methods in education. An article in Forbes recently showed us how modern technologies such as VR and AR can “engage […]

The Association Between Smartphone Addiction and Sleep

By Haiting Hu A recently published study conducted in the UK investigates the association between smartphone addiction and quality of sleep in the young adult population (aged 18 to 30). Based on this study, a CNN article provides some advice to “fight back” and improve our habits. The study analyzed the smartphone use of 1,043 […]

AR Gives Students with Autism an Equal Learning Experience

By Haiting Hu Augmented Reality (AR) offers students with autism a new way to learn and to engage socially. For all students, both their educational and social needs must be met. A recent article in Innovation & Tech Today talks about how AR technology apps can facilitate and improve the learning experience for students with […]

Interview with Dr. Chris Chao Su

BY HAITING HU Dr. Chris Chao Su has recently joined COM as Assistant Professor in the Division of Emerging Media Studies. Dr. Su uses computational methods to explore how audiences take shape in Internet and mobile media environments. Currently, his research centers on audience consumption of digital media on a global scale. This week, we […]