Hsinchun Chen

UA Regents' Professor of MIS

Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology

Director, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Director, AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship Program

Hsinchun Chen

McClelland Hall 430X
1130 E. Helen St. 
P.O. Box 210108 
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

  • Cybersecurity and cyber threat intelligence
  • Health analytics and mobile health
  • Knowledge management and business intelligence
  • Data mining, text mining and web mining
  • Health informatics and security informatics
  • Digital library and search engines


PhD, Information Systems, New York University, 1989

Dr. Hsinchun Chen graduated with a BS degree from the National Chiao-Tong University (Taiwan), MBA from SUNY Buffalo, and an MS and Ph.D. from New York University. He is the University of Arizona Regents' Professor and Thomas R. Brown Chair Professor in Management and Technology. He is also a Fellow of ACM, IEEE and AAAS. Dr. Chen served as the lead Program Director of the Smart and Connected (SCH) Program at the NSF for 2014-2015, a multi-year multi-agency health IT research program of in the U.S. He is author/editor of 20 books, 300 SCI journal articles, and 200 refereed conference articles covering digital library, data/text/web mining, business analytics, security informatics, and health informatics. His overall h-index is 97 (35,000 citations for 900 papers according to Google Scholar), among the highest in MIS and top 50 in computer science. Dr. Chen founded the Artificial Intelligence Lab at The University of Arizona in 1989, which has received $50M+ research funding from NSF, NIH, NLM, DOD, DOJ, CIA, DHS, and other agencies (100+ grants, 50+ from NSF). He has served as Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editor or AE of major ACM/IEEE (ACM TMIS, ACM TOIS, IEEE IS, IEEE SMC), MIS (MISQ, DSS) and Springer (JASIST) journals and conference/program chair of major ACM/IEEE/MIS conferences in digital library (ACM/IEEE JCDL, ICADL), information systems (ICIS), security informatics (IEEE ISI), and health informatics (ICSH). He is also a successful IT entrepreneur. His COPLINK/i2 system for security analytics was commercialized in 2000 and acquired by IBM as its leading government analytics product in 2011. Dr. Chen has served as an advisor to major federal research programs and was a Scientific Counselor of the National Library of Medicine (USA), National Library of China, and Academia Sinica (Taiwan). He is a visiting chair professor at several major universities in China (Tsinghua University) and Taiwan (National Taiwan University). He is internationally renowned for leading research and development in the health analytics (data and text mining; health big data; DiabeticLink and SilverLink) and security informatics (counter terrorism and cyber security analytics; security big data; COPLINK, Dark Web, Hacker Web, and AZSecure) communities. His recent research includes SilverLink for mobile health and AZSecure for advanced cyber threat intelligence. Dr. Chen is director of the UA AZSecure Cybersecurity Program, with $10M+ funding from NSF SFS, SaTC, and CICI programs and CAE-CD/CAE-R cybersecurity designations from NSA/DHS.

Research Summary



  • “Examining Hacker Participation Length in Cybercriminal Internet-Relay-Chat Communities,” Journal of Management Information Systems, 2016, Volume 33, Number 2, Pages 482-510 (with V. Benjamin, B. Zhang and J. F. Nunamaker)
  • “Identifying and Profiling Key Sellers in Cyber Carding Community: AZSecure Text Mining System,” Journal of Management Information Systems, 2016, Volume 33, Number 2, Pages 1059-1086 (with W. Li and J. F. Nunamaker)
  • “Healthcare Predictive Analytics for Risk Profiling in Chronic Care: A Bayesian Multi-Task Learning Approach,” MIS Quarterly, June 2017, Volume 41, Number 2, Pages 473-495 (with Y. Lin, R. Brown and S. Li)
  • “A Research Framework for Pharmacovigilance in Health Social Media: Identification and Evaluation of Patient Adverse Drug Event Reports,” Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 2015, Volume 58, Pages 268-279 (with X. Liu)
  • “NATERGM: A Model for Examining the Role of Nodal Attributes in Dynamic Social Media Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 2016, Volume 28, Number 3, Pages 729-740 (with S. Jiang)
  • “A Tensor-based Information Framework for Predicting the Stock Market,” ACM Transactions on Information Systems, 2016, Volume 34, Number 2, Pages 1-31 (with Q. Li, Y. Chen, L. L. Jiang and P. Li)
  • “Stakeholder Analyses of Firm-Related Web Forums: Applications in Stock Return Prediction,” ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, 2015, Volume 6, Number 1, Pages 2:1-2:38 (with R. F. Lusch and D. Zimbra)
  • “Identifying Adverse Drug Events from Patient Social Media: A Case Study of Diabetes,” IEEE Intelligent Systems, 2015, Volume 30, Number 3, Pages 44-51 (with X. Liu)
  • “Enhancing Predictive Analytics for Anti-Phishing by Exploiting Website Genre Information,” Journal of Management Information Systems, 2015, Volume 31, Number 4, Pages 109-157 (with A. Abbasi, F. Zahedi, D. Zeng, Y. Chen and J. F. Nunamaker)
  • “The Roles of Sharing, Transfer, and Public Funding in Nanotechnology Knowledge Diffusion Networks,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2015, Volume 66, Number 6, Pages 1017-1029 (with S. Jiang and Q. Gao)
  • “Exploring and Mining the Dark Side of the Web: The Dark Web Project,” Springer, 2012

Research Funding

Dr. Hsinchun Chen has received over 40 million dollars in research funding from the National Science Foundation, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, SAP, New Mexico Tech and Library of Congress, among others.

Journal Associate Boards

Dr. Hsinchun Chen is founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions Management Information Systems, Editor-in-Chief of Springer Security Informatics journal, and Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly. He has served on the following editorial boards: ACM Transactions on Information Systems; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics; Decision Support Systems; Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology; International Journal of Digital Libraries; International Journal of Electronic Business; Journal of Information Technology and Politics; Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS)

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow: IEEE, AAAS, and ACM
  • Lead Program Director, NSF, Smart and Connected Health, 2014-2015
  • Thomas R. Brown Chair Professor of Technology and Management, University of Arizona, February 2013-present
  • University of Arizona Innovator of the Year, 2013
  • Arizona Centennial Top 100 Scientists, 2012
  • Distinguished Professor, China Thousand-Talent Program, in affiliation with TsingHua University Computer Science Department, October 2012-present
  • IEEE Research Achievement and Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics, 2011
  • Finalist, AZ Tech Council’s Governor’s Innovation of the Year Award, 2011
  • MIS Quarterly Best Paper, 2010