WATEF-CERC 2024 Spring International Conference

Date: April 12-13, 2024

Location: Incheon National University, Building 2, Faculty Hall, Room 305

Topic: Analyzing Global Issues through Social Media and Big Data: The Role of Industrial Mathematical Approaches & Techniques

Host: World Association of Triple Helix Future Strategy (WATEF)
Sponsor: Cyber Emotion Research Center (CERC) at Yeungnam University
Supported by: Incheon National University, Graduate School of Education at Incheon National University, National Research Foundation of Korea

Key contents:

  • Presentation of seminars both domestically and internationally.
  • Exploration of networking and collaborative research methods among members of the academic society.
  • Deliberation among all participants and derivation of future development strategies for the academic society.

DAY 1 – Program Guide

April 12 Activities
14:00PM-14:30PM Conference Registration (Room 305, 2nd Building, Faculty Hall)
14:30PM-15:00PM Opening Ceremony
Welcome Address: Chang Gyu Whan
(Dean of the College of Education and Director of the Graduate School of Education, Incheon National University)
Organizer: Nam Inyong (President of WATEF)
15:00PM-15:20PM Twitter Analysis of the South Korea-Japan Dokdo/Takeshima Dispute from Social Media Diplomacy Perspective
Park Jang Hyo, Cyber Emotions Research Center, Department of East Asian Cultural Studies, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, 38541,

Discussant: Park Jongmun (Expert member of Yeongnam Daily Newspaper)
15:20PM – 15:40PM A Comparative Study of Government and Local Government Websites of ‘East Asian Cultural Cities
Chae Song Ah , Department of East Asian Cultural Studies, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, 38541,

Discussant: Kim Sungyeun (Incheon National University, Associate Professor)
15:40PM – 16:00PM Decoding the relationship of Artificial Intelligence, Advertising and Generative Models
*Published in MDPI Journal – Digital

Lim Camille, Department of Media and Communications, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan-si 38541, Republic of Korea, (Presentor)
– Yu Peng Zhu, School of Journalism and Communication, Chongqing University, Chongqing 401331, China,
– Muhammad Omar, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computing, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63101, Pakistan,
– Park Han Woo, Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs of Digital Convergence Business, East Asian Cultural Studies, Cyber Emotions Research Center, Big Local Big Pulse Lab, Department of Media and Communication, YeungNam University, Gyeongsan-si 38541, Republic of Korea,

Discussant: Kim Sungyeun (Incheon National University, Associate Professor)
16:00PM – 16:20PM A Study on the Analysis of Korean Image in Chinese News Reports Using Big Data

Liu Chunli, Pukyong National University
Bao Wenhua, Pukyong National University 
Liu Yue, Pukyong National University

Discussant: Park Han Woo (Yeungnam University, Professor)
16:20PM – 16:40PM Hallyu (Korean Wave) and Perception of Korea in Vietnam
Chung Sae Won (Pukyong National University)
Yoon Sungwon (Suwon University)

Discussant: Nam Inyong (Pukyong National University, Professor)
16:40PM – 17:00PM The Influence of International Brand Campuses on Regional University Research Networks: The Case of Greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Pieter Stek, Asia School of Business, Malaysia.

Park Jongmun (Expert member of Yeongnam Daily Newspaper)
17:00PM – 17:20PM Differences in Grit and Self-Esteem According to the Latent Profiles of Parenting Styles: Focusing on Elementary and Middle School Students
Park Hyesung (Postdoctoral Researcher, Incheon National University)
Kim Seongyeon (Incheon National University)

Discussant: Jung Jinmin (University of Iowa, Ph.D. candidate)
17:20PM – 17:40PM Case Study of Developing Evaluation Models for High School Mathematics Using Assessment Engineering: Based on the CAFA System
Jung Jinmin (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Iowa)
Kim Seongyeon (Incheon National University)

Discussant: Park Hyesung (Postdoctoral Researcher, Incheon National University)
17:40PM – 18:00PM Closing Ceremony
Closing Remarks: Kim Sungyeun (Associate Professor, Incheon National University, Organizing Committee Chair)

Day 2: Program Guide

April 13 Activities
9:00AM – 10:00AM Breakfast
Orakai Hotel
10:00AM – 11:00PM Round Table

Connections: EU-KOREA
Paola Di Maio, IGDORE (Institute for Global Distributed Research and Education)
Goteborg Sweden,

Discussant: Nam Inyong (Pukyong National University, Professor)
11:00AM – 12:00 PM Incheon National University Campus Tour
12:00PM – 13:30PM Lunch Break
13:30PM Incheon Free Economic Zone & Chinatown Tour
15:00PM End of Program

Photo Gallery


Call for Papers: Connections

Connections – An INSNA Journal

Call for papers

Do you have ideas for a network paper that might not fit in traditional journal outlets? Perhaps an early stage idea, a highly focused essay, a discussion of best or novel practices, a review of a statistical package, an opinion about the future of the field, a novel methodology, etc. We encourage you to consider Connections. Some of the most impactful work appearing in Connections has fit this mold. See, for example, Freeman (1996) on the history of network analysis; Batagelj and Mrvar (1998) introducing the Pajek software package; Borgatti, Jones and Everett (1993) on defining social capital; Krebs (2002) analyzing terrorist networks; Carley. Lee and Krackhardt (2002) on destabilizing networks; Park (2003) hyperlink analysis; Kapucu (2005) on emergency response networks; Kleinbaum and Quintane (2011) on the merits of email data; and Healey (2017) on governance.

Guide for authors

Generally, we are interested in conceptual, empirical, methodological, application or teaching-based manuscripts related to social networks. This includes shorter methodological or empirical notes that would benefit the field as well as ideas that are early in their development. 


Please submit your work using the online manuscript management system

On acceptance, Connections articles are made available online directly. Articles are not normally packaged into issues. We are accepting submissions now and until further notice.

About Connections

As an official journal of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, Connections aims to reflect the ever-growing and continually expanding community of scholars using network analytic techniques. The research spans many disciplines and domains including: Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Communication, Economics, Organizational Behavior, Knowledge Management, Marketing, Social Psychology, Mathematics, Public Health, Medicine, Computer Science, and Policy. This journal provides immediate open access to its content under the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Connections is a peer-reviewed journal.

Further information

Please contact Dan Halgin or Steve Borgatti for more information.


Batagelj, V., & Mrvar, A. (1998). Pajek-program for large network analysis. Connections21(2), 47-57.

Borgatti, S. P., Jones, C., & Everett, M. G. (1998). Network measures of social capital. Connections21(2), 27-36.

Carley, K. M., Lee, J. S., & Krackhardt, D. (2002). Destabilizing networks. Connections24(3), 79-92.

Freeman, L. C. (1996). Some antecedents of social network analysis. Connections19(1), 39-42.

Healey, P. (2017). Transforming governance: Challenges of institutional adaptation and a new politics of space. In Connections (pp. 357-374). Routledge.

Kapucu, N. (2005). Interorganizational coordination in dynamic context: Networks in emergency response management. Connections26(2), 33-48.

Krebs, V. E. (2002). Mapping networks of terrorist cells. Connections24(3), 43-52.

Park, H. W. (2003). Hyperlink network analysis: A new method for the study of social structure on the web. Connections25(1), 49-61.


In Memory of Prof Loet Leydesdorff

The WATEF members wish to express their heartfelt condolences to Professor Loet Leydesdorff’s family and friends on his passing. He was key to the establishment of the Asia Triple Helix Society, which transformed into the WATEF. His Korean academic colleagues will never forget the impact he had on our field. We believe he contributed immensely to the scientific field of scientometrics, which is now the foundation for big data analytics.

Here’s a link to his lecture from his trip to Korea.

Professor Han Woo PARK, YeungNam University, Korea

Founder of WATEF (World Association of Triple Helix & Future Strategy Studies)


WATEF Sponsor at ISA2022

WATEF is pleased to support the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2022 in Nashville, TN and virtually around the world.

In particular, WATEF is proud to sponsor the following sessions:

ICOMM Distinguished Scholar Panel TD11: Thursday 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM on March 31st, 2022 Room: Hermitage D, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center (in-person)  

International Communication Section (ICOMM) Business Meeting and Reception (with awards ceremony): Thursday 7:15 PM – 9:00 PM on March 31st, 2022 Room: Hermitage D, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center (in-person)  

Sponsored By: Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, The George Washington University ยท Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia ยท World Association for Triple Helix & Future Strategy Studies (WATEF)


New President of WATEF

Prof In-yong Nam

Congratulations! In-yong Nam, professor at Pukyong National University (Department of Journalism and Broadcasting, photography), was recently inaugurated as the president of the World Association for Triple Helix & Future Strategy Studies (WATEF). The term of office is two years, from June 28th to June 27th, 2023.

WATEF was established in 2009 to contribute to innovation communication through triple helix theory and methodological research on university-business-government relations.

WATEF pursues interdisciplinary cooperation that combines various academic approaches such as journalism, business administration, public administration, computer science, tourism, education, sociology, and futurology. It is co-publishing the open-access English-language journal, which is a SCOPUS-registered journal.


Some Final Words…

Prof. Hanwoo Park

Dear WATEF Members,

I do not want to start this speech with a clichรฉ, to look back on the past years and thank those who helped, but I will live my life cherishing the memories of all of you who have been with me and the association during the past 10 years. Thank you always.

As the small group that started in a small corner of Korea grew into a full-fledged association, the slogan we chanted was: Globally Excellent, Locally Friendly. As the international event DISC expanded to Seoul and overseas, and interdisciplinary seminars continued, our voices spread like echoes.

The WATEF vision and ambitions will not end here today. I hope you will actively participate in the great history that the new president and executive will write in the future.

June 27, 2021

Prof. Hanwoo Park
Founder and President
World Association of Triple-hElix โ€‹and Future studies (WATEF)


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NodeXL Insight Award 2021

The World Association for Triple Helix & Future Strategy Studies (WATEF) is pleased to announce the inauguration of the annual โ€œNodeXL Network Insight Awardโ€ for data-driven studies on social innovation as of September 2018. The WATEF has played an important role in introducing NodeXL, an easy-to-use data collection, social media network analysis and visualization tool, in East Asia in the past five years. A leader in IT infrastructure, as of September 2018, Korea became the third-largest user base country for NodeXL and actually surpassed the U.S. and the U.K. in terms of users per capita.

The WATEF was established to contribute to the development of the Triple Helix in Korean society with data as its foundation. Evolving into a โ€œbig-data societyโ€ is challenging. Dynamic and consistent cooperation is necessary between the academic community, as the main body of knowledge production, corporations that operate within the marketing economy, and the government in charge of coordination and regulation.

To further advance awareness of the value of social network analysis, promote the purpose of our annual conference, and encourage the aims of the Triple Helix Society, the NodeXL Network Insight Award has been established as a symbol of data research excellence. This award will be presented to a published or unpublished paper that utilizes NodeXL or social media network and content analysis as part of its core methodology and visualization. Other visualization tools may also be used. Unpublished award winners may submit their papers to the Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia after presentation by the WATEF.

We are grateful for the support of individuals and institutions in favor of the intent of this award. For further details, please contact the Committee at

Marc Smith (Social Media Research Foundation, USA)

Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki (Tsukuba University, Japan)

Han Woo Park (Yeungnam University, South Korea)

Important dates

  1. Indication of submission โ€“ April 15, 2021
  2. Full paper deadline โ€“ May 15, 2021
  3. Presentation and Award โ€“ at DISC 2021 ONLINE June 18-19

Related links

WATEF & DISC at glance (#DISC2021 will be announced soon)

JCEA: A Peer-Reviewed Journal on Convergence and Future Studies in Asia

NodeXL (Social Media Research Foundation)


WATEF 2019 Spring Conference: Evaluating Public Diplomacy Programs in Korea and Beyond

Time & Venue

4 April 2019, Thursday 10 AM โ€“ 5 PM

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Faculty Office Building Seminar Room, 2nd Floor

Call for Papers

Hosted and Organized by: World Association for Triple Helix and Future Strategy Studies (WATEF), Yeungnam University Cyber Emotions Research Center, HUFS Department of International Development Studies, HUFS Global Security Cooperation Center, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Sponsors: WATEF, Korea Foundation

Deadline to submit abstracts: 5 February 2019

We welcome any topics that deal with public diplomacy, digital diplomacy, people-to-people diplomacy, propaganda, international communication and development communication. The topics that we are particularly interested in include:

  • Inter-Korean People-to-People Diplomacy
  • Social Learning Processes in Inter-Korean Relations
  • Inter-Korean Propaganda
  • Korean Government Scholarship Program as a Public Diplomacy Tool

We are also open to other topics that deal with various aspects of public diplomacy in Korea and beyond.

If you would like to participate in the conference, please send your abstracts (less than 300 words) by 5 February 2019 to editor [at] (Dr. Kadir Jun Ayhan). Abstracts must 1) clearly articulate the authorsโ€™ analytical or theoretical framework, 2) specify the research aims and methodology, and 3) highlight the key findings of the paper.

If you have any inquiries about the conference, please contact Dr. Kadir Jun Ayhan: editor [at]

Lunch and dinner will be provided (must RSVP):


Call for proposals



WATEF 2019 Brown Bag Seminar Series #2

Daegu, Feb 18, 2019

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Media Pluralism and Online News in Asia and Pacific

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  • Associate Professor Tim Dwyer, Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, Australia
  • Dr. Jonathon Hutchinson, Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, Australia


  • Dr. Soo Hyun Jun, KEIMYUNG UNIVERSITY, Daegu, Korea

Time and Place:

18 February 2019, Monday 11:20AM โ€“ 2PM

Kyungpook National University (Daegu Korea), Faculty Seminar Room (#310), Social Science Building

Lunch will be provided at Buffet Restaurant in KNU Global Plaza

Hosted and Organized by:

World Association for Triple Helix and Future Strategy Studies (WATEF), Yeungnam University Cyber Emotions Research Center


WATEF (์„ธ๊ณ„ํŠธ๋ฆฌํ”Œํ—ฌ๋ฆญ์Šค๋ฏธ๋ž˜์ „๋žตํ•™ํšŒ), Korean homepage, English website