Faculty Member

Prof. Michael Chau

Job Title

Innovation and Information Management

Michael Chau is a Professor in Innovation and Information Management in the HKU Business School at the University of Hong Kong. He served as the Warden of Lee Chi Hung Hall (2009-2021) and the Program Director/Coordinator of the BBA (Information Systems) program (2006-2009, 2012-2018). He is also an Honorary Fellow of the HKU-HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. He received a Ph.D. degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona and a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science (Information Systems) from the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include business analytics, artificial intelligence, web mining and social media, electronic commerce, fintech, smart health, security informatics, human-computer interaction, and IT in education.

He has published more than 150 articles in premier journals and conferences in information systems, computer science, and information science. He has received multiple international research awards and has been highly ranked in several research productivity studies.

Michael has been active in serving the research community. He is a member of the AIS College of Senior Scholars and the Program Co-chair of PACIS 2024 and ICIS 2013. He has served on the organization committee and program committee of many information systems and computer science conferences, as well as the editorial board of multiple journals. He is a founding co-chair of the Pacific-Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics (PAISI 2006-2019).

Academic & Professional Qualification
PhD Arizona

Michael has taught a wide range of courses at HKU, including database management, computer networking, business analytics and big data, artificial intelligence, project management, spreadsheet modelling, and computer programming.

Research Interest
Business analytics and big data
Artificial intelligence
Web mining and social media
Electronic commerce
Healthcare informatics
Security informatics
Selected Publications
Xu, J. J., Chen, D., Chau, M., Li, L., and Zheng, H. “Peer-to-Peer Loan Fraud Detection: Constructing Features from Transaction Data,” MIS Quarterly (MISQ), accepted for publication, forthcoming.
Deng, B. and Chau, M. “The Effect of the Expressed Anger and Sadness on Online News Believability,” Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), 38(4), pp. 959-988, 2021.
Chau, M., Li, W., Yang, B., Lee, A., and Bao, Z. “Incorporating the Time-Order Effect of Feedback in Online Auction Markets through a Bayesian Updating Model,” MIS Quarterly (MISQ), 45(2), pp. 985-1006, 2021.
Chau, M., Li, T. M. H., Wong, P. W. C., Xu, J. J., Yip, P. S. F., and Chen, H. “Finding People with Emotional Distress in Online Social Media: A Design Combining Machine Learning and Rule-based Classification,” MIS Quarterly (MISQ), 44(2), pp. 933-955, 2020.
Xu, J. J. and Chau, M. “Cheap Talk? The Impact of Lender-Borrower Communication on P2P Lending Outcomes,” Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), 35(1), pp. 53-85, 2018.
Xu, J. J., Chau, M., and Tan, B. “The Development of Social Capital in the Collaboration Network of Information Systems Scholars,” Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), 15(12), pp. 835-859, 2014.
Fang, X., Hu, P. J., Chau, M., Hu, H., Yang, Z., and Sheng, O. R. L. “A Data-Driven Approach to Measure Web Site Navigability,” Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), 29(2), pp. 173-212, 2012.
Chau, M. and Xu, J. “Business Intelligence in Blogs: Understanding Consumer Interactions and Communities,” MIS Quarterly (MISQ), 36(4), pp. 1189-1216, 2012.
Chau, M. “Visualizing Web Search Results Using Glyphs: Design and Evaluation of a Flower Metaphor,” ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems (ACM TMIS), 2(1), pp. 1-27, 2011.
Cheng, R., Chau, M., Garofalakis, M., and Yu, J. X. “Mining Large Uncertain and Probabilistic Databases,” IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE TKDE), 22(9), 1201-1202, 2010.
Roussinov, D. and Chau, M. “Combining Information Seeking Services into a Meta Supply Chain of Facts,” Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), 9(3), 175-199, 2008.
Xu, J., Wang, G., Li, J., and Chau, M. “Complex Problem Solving: Identity Matching Based on Social Contextual Information,” Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), 8(10), 525-545, 2007.
Schroeder, J., Xu, J., Chen, H., and Chau, M. “Automated Criminal Link Analysis Based on Domain Knowledge,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 58(6), 842-855, 2007.
Chen, H., Chung, W., Xu. J., Wang, G., Qin, Y., and Chau, M. “Crime Data Mining: A General Framework and Some Examples,” IEEE Computer, 37(4), 50-56, 2004.
Dr. Chau’s research has appeared in more than 150 publications. Please refer to https://pweb.fbe.hku.hk/~mchau/publications.html for a complete list.

Awards and Honours
AIS Sandra Slaughter Service Award
HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Award
HKU Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award
HKU Faculty Research Postgraduate Supervision Award (2020)
INFORMS ISS Design Science Award (2020)
IEEE ITSS Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics (2020)
IEEE ISI Best Conference Paper Runner-up (2016)
PACIS Best Conference Paper (2006)
Keynote speaker/Invited speaker at more than 10 conferences and workshops

Service to the University/ Community
Major roles:
Warden, Lee Chi Hung Hall (2009-2021)
BBA(IS) Program Director/Coordinator (2006-2009, 2012-2018)
Program Co-chair, Pacific-Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2024)
Program Co-chair, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013)
Program Co-chair, IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2019)
Founding Co-chair, Pacific-Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics (PAISI 2006-2019)