Kai Xu (徐凯)

I am currently an  Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, UK. This is my research group page (to be updated).

My main research interest is Data Science, particularly human-centred machine learning that combines algorithms with human expertise. 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. Drop me an email at kai.xu@nottingham.ac.uk for any question.

There are fully funded PhD positions starting September 2023 (see the Projects page for details). It will be a big plus if you have industry programming experience or equivalent (such as open-source project experience). I would recommend start with an intern project, which can be done remotely online. For project ideas, again have a look of the Projects page.





  • Visualising the Sensemaking Space
    Background This project closely relates to the Visual Analytics for Sensemaking project. Please check that project webpage for the introduction on sensemaking. A published paper describing the idea and a […]
  • Human-AI Teaming
    Background Extracting required information from documents is a common task in may research areas such as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Psychology, Sociology, Law, and Business. For example, in a study to […]
  • Visual Analytic for Sensemaking
    Background The goal of this project is to understand how users (general public or domain experts) make sense of data using data visualisation and/or machine learning, and build tools to […]
  • Human-Centred Data Science
    Background While there are some efforts to automate the process of build machine learning model (commonly known as ‘AutoML’), there are many tasks in the different stages of a data […]


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