About Me

I am currently a Senior Lecturer (in between Assistant & Associate Professor) in Visual Analytics within the Interaction Design Centre in the School of Science and Technology at the Middlesex University in London, UK.

My main research interest is Visual Analytics (some examples), which combines interactive visualisation techniques with analytical reasoning methods (such as machine learning and sense making) to understand large and complex data. I am applying it to Social Media (such as Twitter) and Data Provenance (to address data quality and uncertainty issues). I received a few awards and funding for my work.

The research group I am in leads the UK Visual Analytics Consortium (UKVAC), which includes 4 other universities: Oxford UniversityImperial College LondonUniversity College London, and Bangor University.


Before joining Middlesex University, I worked in a few fields that closely related to Visual Analytics, including Graph/Network Visualisation and Bioinformatics. I also had the opportunity to work on the development of a few large systems.

From 2009-2010, I worked as a bioinformatics specialist at the Australian Phenomics Facility, which is part of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. The Australian Phenomics Facility is part of the Australian Phenomics Network, which consists of the major biomedical research centres in Australia. A large part of my work is on the Phenomics Ontology Driven Database project, and the rest of the time is for the next-generation sequencing data management project at the John Curtin school.

From 2008-2009, I worked as a senior research scientist at CSIRO Tasmanian ICT Centre in Hobart, Australia. I mainly involved in the Preventative Health Flagship for early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer and Alzheimer disease. The project is an Australian National Initiatives with a total funding of A$100 million (~US$100 million or £67 million).

From 2004-2008, I worked as a researcher at NICTA ltd. (National Information and Communication Technology Australia), which is a CRC Centre of Excellence distributed in most major cities in Australia. I worked in the Sydney lab on the project for visualizing and analysis of large and complex network, Australia from 2004. I help developed a visualisation package GEOMI, which is now open source and under ongoing development. During this period, I am also an Honorary Associate of School of Information Technologies at University of Sydney, and a member of the ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure (EII).

Before joining NICTA, I got my PhD in 2004 from the Data and Knowledge Engineering group of the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland. Before that, I graduated from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1999 with two bachelor degrees: one in computer science , the other in business.

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