Project funded by Australian Research Council (ARC), Amount: $360,000
2017-2019 (3 years)
The project aims to better understand group behaviour of information seeking. The project builds models and develops guidelines for understanding and supporting collaborative information seeking behaviour in the context of tourism. It is expected to benefit the Australian tourism industry, making it easier for tourists to find information and improving tourists’ overall experience.
January-March 2017: Recruitment of a PhD student (PhD advertisement)
Feb 2018: My PhD student Mouda Ye completed his research proposal which is part of the funded project and his candidature is confirmed.
June 2018: we kick off data collection
June 2018: Jannatul Fardous and myself gave a talk on Tourists’ social media usage during group trip planning at 2018 IFITT Workshop on Smart Tourism, see the Press Release published in TravelDailyNews here
Jun-Sep 2018: A pilot study with 5 groups of real tourists were conducted.
Nov 2018: Our paper “Examining tourists’ engagement in information seeking and collaboration” was accepted and presented at 2018 national RAILS Conference
Nov 2018: Our paper “Collaborative information seeking in tourism: a study of young Chinese leisure tourists visiting Australia” is accepted and to be included in the Proceedings of the ACM SIG CHIIR Conference.
Dec 2018: My PhD student Mouda Ye was awarded a SIGIR Student Travel Grant in the amount of $2,000.00 USD for attending 2019 ACM SIG CHIIR Conference.