Kai Xu

head-shot-circleI am currently an  Associate Professor in Data Analytics with the Department of Computer Science at the Middlesex University in London, UK.

Contact: k DOT xu AT mdx DOT ac DOT uk

My main research interest is Data Science, particularly combines interactive visualisation with analytical methods (such as machine learning and natural language processing) to understand large and complex data. This is known as Visual Analytics and effective for Big Data such as social media (some examples). I received a few awards and funding for my work.

This presentation is an overview of my recent work and the tools mentioned can be found here.


This the recording of the talk (43 minutes)



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 John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. A large part of my work is on the Phenomics Ontology Driven Database, and the rest of the time is for the next-generation sequencing data management.

From 2008-2009, I worked as a senior research scientist at CSIRO 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 (about US$100 million or £67 million).

From 2004-2008, I worked as a researcher at NICTA (National ICT Australia), which is a Centre of Excellence located in most major cities in Australia. I help developed a software package GEOMI (open source) for the visualisation and analysis of large and complex networks. During this period, I am also an Honorary Associate of University of Sydney.

Before joining NICTA, I received my PhD in Computer Science in 2004 from 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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