Kun Xu

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

By Kun Xu, Telecommunication Assistant Professor in Emerging Media with support from Tianjun Shen at NYU Shanghai. One week ago, I posted a message on Twitter asking my friends whether they could invite me to join the Clubhouse app. The new app, which launched last year, is an invitation-only, audio-based…

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Posted: February 8, 2021

Kun Xu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication assistant professor in emerging media, has been named a 2020-2021 UF Global Fellow by the UF International Center and the Office of Global Research. As a fellow, Xu will conduct a study of how users’ feedback, social groups, and…

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Posted: December 11, 2020

Kun Xu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication assistant professor in emerging media, is the co-author of “Using Machine Learning to Learn Machines: A Cross-Cultural Study of Users’ Responses to Machine-Generated Artworks” published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media on Dec. 9. Xu, CJC doctoral…

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Posted: December 11, 2020

Kun Xu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication assistant professor in emerging media, is the author of “Language, Modality, and Mobile Media Use Experiences: Social Responses to Smartphone Cues in a Task-Oriented Context” published in Telematics and Informatics on Jan. 16. In the article, Xu found that…

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Posted: January 24, 2020

People use cues every day, like social cues or nonverbal cues, to communicate. But how are these cues — relative to Siri, Alexa, social robots, or the myriad hybrid computer and artificial intelligence technologies — being developed? How would a self-driving car, for example, understand sarcasm and do they have…

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Posted: January 14, 2020

Kun Xu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication assistant professor in emerging media, is the co-author of “Explicating Cues: A Typology for Understanding Emerging Media Technologies” published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication on Dec. 17. Xu and co-author Tony Liao studied cues as a concept for…

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Posted: January 6, 2020

In a day and age where robots and artificial intelligence are a reality, the question of how different humans interact with these machines is key to improving the experience and outcomes. University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Assistant Professor Kun Xu sought to determine how humans perceive robots…

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Posted: September 7, 2019

Kun Xu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication assistant professor in emerging media, is the author of “First Encounter with Robot Alpha: How Individual Differences Interact with Vocal and Kinetic Cues in Users’ Social Responses” published in the New Media & Society on May 31. The article…

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Posted: August 27, 2019