college of management dr. chih-hao (justin) ku



  Dr. Chih-Hao (Justin) Ku,
  Assistant Professor
  College of Management, M309A
   Phone: 248.204.3063, Fax: 248.204.3099




Research Interests
Selected Publications and Working Papers
Professional Associations


Dr. Ku is an assistant professor in the IT Program of College of Management at Lawrence Technological University. His research interests lie in the areas of information systems, computer science, homeland security, business, psychology, social networks, and e-health. From a broad perspective, his research focuses on (1) how to apply Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to identify relevant information in digital reports, (2) how to turn a large volume of reports into useful and actionable knowledge for decision makers, and (3) how to apply visualization techniques to present a large amount of digital information.

Prior to joining LTU, Dr. Ku was an assistant professor in the School of IT at Middle Georgia State College (MGSC) and served as Executive Board of MGSC-Pi Beta Lambda and an advisor of Central Georgia Information Systems Security Association. Dr. Ku was also a software developer and instructor at institutions in Taiwan.

Dr. Ku has a B.S. and M.S. degree in Information Management in Taiwan and a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Information Systems & Technology at Claremont Graduate University.


  • Ph.D., Information Systems & Technology, Claremont Graduate University, 2012

Research Interests

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Data Mining, Text Mining, Web Mining
  • Information Visualization
  • Decision Support Systems


  • Dr. Ku has taught courses including web development, web application development, e-commerce, database, management information systems, Visual Basic, and Java programming.
  • Dr. Ku believes the purpose of attending a class is not merely to pass exams, but also to have brainstorming sessions through class discussions. In sports, a talented player wins games; teamwork wins championships. In IT industries, a talented employee accomplishes tasks; teamwork accomplishes successful projects under budget.
  • Students may do nothing and obtain an easy A from him because of their strong prior knowledge. However, Dr. Ku likes students who experience extensive trials and errors but secure a tough A from him because of their strong learning attitudes and desires.

Selected Publications and Working Papers

  • “A Decision Support System for Automated Crime Reports Analysis and Classification,” with Gondy Leroy. The paper has been submitted to Government Information Quarterly and requested for 2nd revision.
  • “The Effect of Psychological and Environmental Factors on Academic Performance of Video Gamers,” with Kirill Yurov, Yuliya Yurova, and Myungjae Kwak. The paper has been accepted for presentation at IACIS 2014 and conditionally accepted for publication in the Issues in Information Systems journal, Volume 15.
  • Ku, C. H., & Leroy, G. (2011). A Crime Reports Analysis System to Identify Related Crimes. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62 (8), 1533-1547.
  • Ku, C. H., Kwak, M., Yurov, K. M., & Yurova, Y. V. (2014). A Study of the Influence of Gaming Behavior on Academic Performance of IT College Students, The 20th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). Savannah, Georgia: Association for Information Systems. (Accepted)
  • Ku, C. H., & Leroy, G. (2013). Automated Crime Report Analysis and Classification for e-Government and Decision Support, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Digital Government Research (pp. 18-27). Université Laval, Québec, Canada.
  • Ku, C. H., Nguyen, J. H., & Leroy, G. (2012). TASC – Crime Report Visualization for Investigative Analysis: A Case Study. The 13th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration (IRI). Las Vegas, USA

Professional Associations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Association of Information Systems (AIS)
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
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