James She | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


James She

James She (PhD)

Associate Professor
Information & Computing Technology
College of Science and Engineering

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James She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Information and Computing Technology at the College of Science and Engineering. He is the Founding Director of Asia's first social media lab, HKUST Social Media Laboratory, Hong Kong, and spearheads multidisciplinary research and innovation in the areas of: 1) AI for Multimedia, Art, and Creative Media; 2) Data Science for Social Media and Cultures; 3) IoT for Smart, Sustainable, and Interactive Systems.

With these research interests, James and his research group have produced over 100+ publications in top journals and conferences, with several best paper awards, innovations awards, patents, and open-sourced software/hardware contributions. Some of these research outputs have led to several technology transfer activities and the setting up of startup companies supported by individual and venture investors. 

In addition, James is the Associate Editor for both IEEE Transaction on Multimedia and ACM Transaction on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications.

He holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and he was the recipient of multiple national, university, and scientific community awards, including the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, NSERC Innovation Challenge Award, Canada-UK Millennium Research Award, Outstanding Achievement of Graduate Studies, Associate Editor of the Year 2017 (ACM TOMM), and several academic best paper and innovation awards.


Research Interests

  • AI for Multimedia, Art and Creative Media
  • Data Science for Social Media and Cultures
  • IoT for Smart, Sustainable and Interactive Systems


Visiting Faculty Member

Division of Information and Computing Technology, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

  • Visiting Scholar

    Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Visiting Scholar

    Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia

  • Assistant Professor

    Electronic & Computer Engineering, HKUST, Hong Kong

  • Founding Director

    HKUST Social Media Lab., HKUST, Hong Kong

  • Visiting Assistant Professor

    Electronic and Computer Engineering, HKUST, Hong Kong

  • Research Fellow

    Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom


Ph.D. in Electrical &Computer Engineering

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada


Selected Publications

  • H. Mao and J. She

    “Visual Arts Search on Mobile Devices”, ACM Trans. on Multimedia Comp., Comm, and Apps, vol. 15, no. 2s, 2019

  • M. Cheung and J. She

    “Detecting Social Signals in User-shared Images for Connection Discovery using Deep Learning”, IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, vol. 22, no.2, 2019

  • J. E. Kang1and J. She

    "luXBeacon - A batteryless BLE beacon for green IoT: Design, modeling, and Field-test", IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 5, on. 2, 2019

  • H. Mao, M. Cheung, J. She

    “Deep Art: Learning Joint Representations of Visual Arts”, ACM Multimedia, Oct. 2017 (acceptance rate ~ 7.5%)

  • X. Li, J. She

    “Collaborative Variational Autoencoder for Recommender Systems“, ACM SIGKDD Conf. on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), Aug. 2017 (acceptance rate ~ 8.5%)