Kai Xu (徐凯)


I am currently an  Associate Professor in Data Analytics in the Department of Computer Science at the Middlesex University in London, UK. This is my research group page.

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 k.xu@mdx.ac.uk for any question.

I am always looking for talented students at all levels: intern, master, and PhD. I would recommend start with an intern project, which can be done remotely online. For project ideas, have a look of the ongoing projects in the ‘Projects‘ section and the recently funding.





  • Human-machine teaming for document coding
    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 understand […]
  • Visual analytic for sensemaking
    The goal of this project is to understand how analysts make sense of data using data visualisation and/or machine learning. ‘Sensemaking’ is a bit broader than what is usually known […]
  • Machine Learning Provenance for Hyperparameter tuning
    Hyperparameters are important to the performance of machine learning models. However, some models have many parameters and each parameter has many possible values, if not infinite. As a result, finding […]


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