Kun Xu

As more uses for technology emerge, researchers are interested in studying which mechanism of technology, such as chatbots, voice assistants, and social robots, are most effective in explaining social presence and perceived trustworthiness for users. In other words, how do people tend to interact with different forms of interactive technology?…

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Posted: May 20, 2022

As artificial intelligence (AI) technology has advanced, its use has expanded to a range of industries, including broadcast news. AI could be used in place of a human weather newscaster, for example, if a human is not available during a weather emergency. Yet little research exists that looks at how…

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Posted: February 10, 2022

Social robots today are a $2 billion industry, which is expected to grow to $11 billion by 2026. While some believe that social robots are just human-like versions of voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, the emerging technology is being used in a variety of areas, including public health, elderly…

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Posted: February 7, 2022

Kun Xu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management, and Technology assistant professor in emerging media, is the co-author of “Man vs. Machine: Human Responses to an AI Newscaster and the Role of Social Presence” published in The Social Science Journal on Jan. 28. Xu and…

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Posted: February 4, 2022

The use of smart speakers, such Alexa and Google Assistant, has become ubiquitous in American society. As of 2020, one in three people in the United States used smart speakers for a variety of daily tasks, such as online shopping, e-mail, language translation, and searching for information, as well as…

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Posted: January 13, 2022

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management and Technology faculty members Kun Xu, assistant professor in Emerging Media, and Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, professor and Media Consumer Research director, and doctoral student Fanjue Liu are the co-authors of “Smart Speakers Require Smart Management: Two Routes From User Gratifications…

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Posted: January 6, 2022

The primary function of “social robots” is to facilitate communication with humans, and is being applied in a variety of industries, including education and physical...

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Posted: October 27, 2021

The primary function of “social robots” is to facilitate communication with humans, and is being applied in a variety of industries, including education and physical and mental health. Kun Xu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Assistant Professor in Emerging Media, is studying how to enhance that communication…

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Posted: October 20, 2021

Dr. Kun Xu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications assistant professor in emerging media in the Department of Media Production, Management and Technology, was interviewed on June 2, 2021 about his research on social cues in human-machine interactions and the convergence of various human-machine communication technologies. Below the…

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Posted: June 15, 2021

The UF Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology has named five UF Trust Consortium Scholars for 2021-2022 who exemplify its commitment to working across disciplines to examine ways trust is being eroded and how it can be restored. The work of these scholars ranges from examining the ways humans…

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Posted: May 27, 2021

The growing technological sophistication of smartphones has transformed them from merely communication devices to essential companions that we interact with throughout the day. With people’s growing use of virtual agents and voice assistants on their smartphones, the devices are not only acting as intermediaries that connect users from different places,…

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Posted: May 4, 2021

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications honored outstanding alumni, faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students during the annual awards ceremony that was presented virtually on April 16. The College honored five alumni who were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020: Edward Aschoff, S. Journalism…

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Posted: April 16, 2021