I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Northern Illinois University. From 09/2016 to 08/2019, I worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 2016. I got my M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Peking University (2011), and my B.E. (with honour) in Computer Science (2009) from China Agricultural University.

My research aims to augment human's analytical capability with AI enhanced interactive computing. My work falls in the areas of visual analytics, human-computer interaction, data science and human-AI collaboration, with a variety of applied domains, such as text analytics, business intelligence, cybersecurity and STEM education.

Opening Positions

I am currently looking for self-motivated graduate and undergraduate students to work on visual analytics research.

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Recent Projects

Linking Multiple Visualizations

This project studies how to visualize data relationships across multiple visualizations for supporting data analytics. It aims to gain an in-depth understanding of the usage of multiple visualizations for sensemaking of big data, and enrich the design space of multi-view visualizations.

Sponsor: NSF IIS-1850036 / IIS-2002082

Coordinated Relationship Exploration

This project studies a variety of ways of visualizing biclusters, which are grouped relationships between sets of entities. It explores the design space of bicluster visualizations, and leads to the design, development, and evaluation of multiple types of interactive bicluster visualizations.

Sponsor: NSF IIS-1218346, IIS-1447416