CCI Hosts Research Day for Students, Faculty, and Staff

On April 5, the College of Communication and Information (CCI) Research and Creative Activities Committee hosted its third annual CCI Research and Creative Activities Day for faculty, staff, and doctoral students.

The theme this year was “Partnerships & Innovation.” CCI Alumnus and former Assistant Director of the Office of Research Development Mike Mitchell facilitated the conference. He led with collaborative activities to foster research partnerships. Following this, Dr. Paul Marty delivered a presentation, “How Generative AI Can and Cannot Help You with Your Research.”

Doctoral students presented their research during Doctoral Lightning Rounds for the chance to win travel funding and participate in roundtable discussions.

School of Information doctoral student Ghazal Hussain’s presentation, “Exploring IT Leader’s Information-Seeking in Uncertain Situations,” was awarded first place. Her presentation focused on how information technology leaders navigate ambiguity, which leads to challenges and opportunities for project management. As I venture forward, I eagerly anticipate the impact of this research to foster resilience and efficacy among IT leaders.” 

Yue Liu, also a doctoral student in the School of Information, presented “User Dilemmas in Artificial Intelligence Applications.” Liu told CCI that her research aims to find out “whether people who use AI actually trust it.” Additionally, referencing Marty’s presentation, “This made me think deeply about the appropriate way to use AI to assist, rather than allowing AI to completely replace human work.”

School of Communication doctoral student Junho Park delivered a presentation that investigated the influence of mental health practitioners’ online biographies and media richness on individuals’ cognitive and behavioral intentions under uncertainty reduction theory and media richness theory. “Sharing and listening to others’ research projects always opens new perspectives and opportunities for potential collaborations,” said Park. “I appreciate the opportunity to share my research project.”

The College thanks those who participated in Research Day this year and looks forward to hosting it again next year.