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.S. (with honour) in Computer Science (2009) from China Agricultural University.

My research seeks to augment human's analytical capability with interactive computing. My work falls in the areas of visual analytics, information visualization, human-computer interaction and human-centered machine learning, with a variety of applied domains, including but not limited to STEM education, intelligence analysis, business intelligence and cyber security.

There are three major themes of my work:

Recent Projects

Linking Multiple Visualizations
This project investigates how to visualize data relationships across multiple visualizations for supporting data analytics. It will not only bring an in-depth understanding of the usage of multiple visualizations for sensemaking of big data, but also enrich the design space of multi-view visualizations.
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.