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AP-Next Generation Committee

The iSchools Asia-Pacific Next Generation Committee was launched in 2022 by the Asia-Pacific regional iSchools in conjunction with the iSchools Board. The purpose of this AP-iSchools sub-organization is to maximize the visibility and communication among the next generation researchers, to enhance academic initiatives and mutual support, and to empower the AP library and information science community with vitality and to cultivate future leaders in the information field. The Committee will facilitate an international network for next generation researchers through various events and activities, including the AP-iConference, workshops, panels, international research projects and joint grant proposals.

Initial impetus for the Committee came from Prof. Atsuyuki Morishima, Asia-Pacific Regional Chair for the iSchools Organization. The Committee is composed of next generation researchers in the field of information from Asia-Pacific (AP) iSchools members, the International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL) and the Asia-Pacific Library and Information Education and Practice Conference (A-LIEP) communities.

The Asia-Pacific iSchools Next Generation Committee now includes 18 members from 13 institutions for the first term of two years. Dr. Di Wang from Wuhan University and Dr. Misita Anwar from Monash University are current Chair and Chair Elect.

Details on all committee members follow:

Dr. Di Wang


Wuhan University

Di Wang is a Postdoc Researcher of School of Information Management, Wuhan University. She received her Ph.D. in Computing from Macquarie University and Ph.D. in Information Resources Management from Wuhan University. Her research interests include open data and data services. She has reviewed and published in many journals including Government Information Quarterly, Library Hi tech and has chaired conferences including ICADL, iConference, and AP-iConference.

Dr. Misita Anwar

Chair Elect

Monash University

Misita Anwar’s research revolves around people and technology interplay and the impact that technology brings into people's lives. She has been conducting research from the perspective of the human development and capability approach where the focus is on values, the expansion of freedom, and choices people can afford with the use of technology. Her current work focuses on rural villagers' information needs. Throughout her work, she has been working with underprivileged, rural communities, people with refugees background, those with disabilities, and developing countries. Issues on social and technical aspects are considered and including the design, adoption, and affordances of a range of ICTs.

Dr./Assistant Prof. Chao Min

Nanjing University

Chao Min works as Research Assistant Professor in the School of Information Management at Nanjing University. His research interests mainly include science of science, network science and computational social science. He holds a doctor’s degree in management science from Nanjing University. He was a visiting scholar at the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering in Indiana University Bloomington from 2016 to 2018.

Dr. Claire Timpany

University of Waikato

Claire Timpany is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design, in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Waikato. Her research is focused on how people interact with written text in print and on screen and the ways that information can be visually presented to assist people in their interactions with information. The current focus of Claire’s research is how the typefaces we choose, and the way we reveal the structure of a document through visual cues impacts how easy it is to access and understand the content. Lately this has specifically meant she has been exploring how best to emphasise headings within text to help people search for information.

Assistant Prof. Hiroyoshi Ito

University of Tsukuba

Hiroyoshi Ito received B.Sc., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 2015, 2017, and 2020 respectively. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the faculty of library, information and media sciences, University of Tsukuba. His research interests include data mining, machine learning, and human computation.

Associate Prof. Houqiang Yu

Sun Yat-Sen University

Houqiang Yu, PhD, Associate Professor from School of Information Management at Sun Yat-Sen University, China. His major research interests are data science, quantitative science studies, altmetrics, social media analysis, scholarly communication, and scientific evaluation, and has published over 90 peer reviewed articles or books. He is PI for several grants, and serves as a committee member of CSSI, member of ISSI and ASIST.

Associate Prof. Hui Chen

Central China Normal University

Hui Chen holds a permanent position as an Associate Professor at the School of Information Management of the Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China. She holds a PhD in Knowledge Management from Loughborough University (UK). Her main research interests are in digital archive management, archive governance, archive services as well as knowledge management, tacit knowledge related to experience and knowledge sharing. She also has developed interests in areas that intersect with archives such as e-government, e-services and urban cultural heritage management.

Dr. Iyra S. Buenrostro-Cabbab

University of the Philippines Diliman

Iyra Buenrostro-Cabbab, Ph.D. is a full-time faculty member of the School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman (UP SLIS). Her teaching and research activities focus on archival theory and practice, and LIS research methodologies. Iyra is currently the Graduate Program Coordinator of UP SLIS, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Librarianship and Information Studies (PhJLIS).

Dr. Md Khalid Hossain

Monash University

Khalid Hossain works as a Research Fellow at the Department of Human Centred Computing of Monash University, Australia where he focuses on environmental informatics and community informatics with a strong interest in climate action and natural resources management through use of ICT. He has experience of working in the international development sector along with the academia and government.

Dr. /Assistant Prof. Masaki Takeda

University of Tsukuba

Masaki Takeda is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan. His research focuses on the information behavior of older adults based on characteristics of their cognition, and evaluation of library services for older adults. He received his MSc and PhD degrees from Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 2014 and 2019, respectively.

Dr. Naya Sucha-xaya

Chulalongkorn University

Naya Sucha-xaya is a lecturer at The Department of Library Science, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, where she teaches archives management, cultural heritage information management and other courses in information studies. Her research interests include archival theories and practices, information culture, participatory archives, community archives, and cultural heritage information in the digital world.

Dr. Nicholas Vanderschantz

University of Waikato

Nicholas (Nic) Vanderschantz is a Senior Lecturer from the Department of Design, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Waikato. His teaching and research approach information search and HCI from a visual and user experience perspective. He investigates user-centred design solutions for the presentation and visualisation of information in a range of contexts, focusing on information search & use by adults, teens, and children. He has investigated individual and collaborative use of pBooks, eBooks, libraries, mobile and desktop apps, and the Internet and the impact of typographic, wayfinding, navigation, orientation, and visual presentation considerations.

Associate Prof. Peng Xiao

Sun Yat-Sen University

Peng Xiao is an associate professor at the School of Information Management, Sun Yat-Sen University. His research interests include digital humanities, library science and cultural policy. He is a member of advisory committee on standards (CoS) in IFLA, as well as the director of the working group on reading standards and evaluation in Library Society of China.

Dr. Rahmi

Universitas Indonesia

Rahmi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia. Recent projects include (Disaster-related) Human-Information Behaviour, Corporeal/Embodied Information, Quantitative Analysis, Computational Social Science, Documentation Studies, and Crisis Informatics. She received her M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba, JAPAN, in 2015 and 2019, respectively. Dr. Rahmi is the youngest LIS doctorate in Indonesia, where she graduated from the doctoral program at the age of 27. Should you have any questions, please contact her at and her website at

Assistant Prof. Shaobo Liang

Wuhan University

Shaobo Liang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Management at the Wuhan University. His research interests lie in understanding user information-seeking behavior, mobile search behavior, and cross-device search. He has secured research grants and contracts, including China's National Natural Science Foundation and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation. His work is published in various journals, and he has presented at several conferences related to information retrieval, digital society, and user behavior.

Dr. Wei Jeng

National Taiwan University

Wei Jeng is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University. Jeng’s current work aims to comprehend the concept of open science through data accessibility and sharing, and reproducibility. Jeng’s long-term research goal is to provide insights on improving research data infrastructure for scholars in all disciplines, particularly to foster how people share research artifacts in the digital age.

Dr. Yi Bu

Peking University

Yi Bu is an Assistant Professor in Data Science at the Department of Information Management, Peking University. He is doing research in the application aspect of data analytics, with a particular focus on scholarly data mining. Yi holds a bachelor's degree in Information Management and System from Peking University, a master’s degree in Data Science, and a Ph.D. in Informatics from Indiana University Bloomington.

Associate Prof. Youngseek Kim

Sungkyunkwan University

Youngseek Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at Sungkyunkwan University in the Republic of Korea. He completed his PhD in information science & technology at Syracuse University in 2013. His current research efforts in eScience try to understand the nature of scientists’ data practices, focusing on data sharing and reuse, the education of eScience professionals, and adoption and use of cyberinfrastructure.




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