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        On May 28, Chancellor Gary S. May wrote:

        “The events of this week also cause me to believe even more strongly, if that’s possible, in building an inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. I remain committed to that and hope you will do what you can to eliminate racism, sexism, and other negative influences on our progression as a nation.”

        We join Chancellor May in these efforts toward building diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment in the Department of Communication and at the University of California Davis. To learn more, including a list of resources are available for students in crisis, need of support, or who have experienced racism or bias, click?here.

        Important Covid-19 Information:

        In light of the Covid-19 situation, ?all UC Davis Spring 2020 course will move to virtual instruction. ?As a result, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions until further notice. ?At this time, the preferred method of contact for departmental staff members is e-mail; please visit our?administrative staff contact page?for further information.

        Information and Communication Technologies

        Investigate the nature and effects of information and communication technologies across a wide range of settings...


        Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have revolutionized the ways in which people work, play, exchange information, and manage personal relationships. Therefore, there is a strong demand for scholars that understand the foundations of human communication and can put those skills to use in academic and industry contexts. Scholars who focus on the study of ICTs are concerned with the uses and effects of communication technology. Contexts of study include social media, video games and virtual reality, mobile technology, technology and development, diffusion of ICT, social impacts of algorithms and artificial intelligence, computer-mediated communication, cyberbullying, human-computer interaction, online communities and collaboration, as well as the digitalization of communication in public and private sectors. Methodological training needed to address these questions includes traditional methods, such as experiments and surveys, along with network analysis and emerging computational methods.


        Communication Faculty: Drew Cingel, Heather Hether, Martin Hilbert, Nicholas Palomares, Jorge Pe?a, Cuihua (Cindy) Shen, Jingwen Zhang. Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Barnett continues to work with graduate students in the program.

        Affiliated Faculty: Michael Neff (Computer Science & Cinema and Digital Media)

        Ongoing Research Programs

        Our faculty are currently involved in the following research projects:
        • Exploring how virtual reality and user customization affect learner memory
        • Understanding the role of social algorithms and artificial intelligence in society
        • Using persuasive messages to increase the effectiveness of mobile games targeting depression
        • Leveraging identity shift and Proteus effects in virtual reality to boost confident public speaking
        • Designing and testing social network-based mobile apps to promote physical activity
        • Designing health information technologies to harness the wisdom of crowds to improve diagnosis
        • Understanding differential patterns of social media use and effects among adolescents
        • Exploring how people create and maintain social and collaborative networks in massively multiplayer online games and peer production communities

        Relevant Courses

        CMN 212: Web Science Research Methods ?
        CMN 214: Analysis of Communication Networks
        CMN 233:Persuasive Technologies for Health
        CMN 250: Mediated Communication Theory and Research
        CMN 251: Digital Technology and Social Change
        CMN 252: Computer-Mediated Communication
        CMN 253: Children, Adolescents, and the Media
        CMN 254: Communication Campaigns
        CMN 255: Social Media
        CMN 256: Communication Perspectives on Video Game
        CMN 270: Diffusion of Innovations

        "What can I do with this?"

        ICT graduates can work in academia, industry, or public sectors. Example career opportunities include tenure-track faculty, user experience researcher, and social media marketing manager.


        "As a Ph.D.student, I have worked on several projects in video games and virtual environments with Professor Jorge Pe?a. I also developed and explored original ideas in the field of mental health persuasive technology with guidance from faculty members, whose knowledge in the field of information and communication technology benefitted my work a lot. Encouraged by the faculty and the positive feedback my work has received, I hope to continue my research work in the field of software health applications."

        Subuhi Khan
        Class of 2018