I just completed my PhD at the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto in July 2015. My supervisor was Prof. Ravin Balakrishnan. I was affliated with the Dynamic Graphic Project (DGP) lab during my PhD study. Before coming to UofT, I received my Bachelor's Degree (with honour) in Engineering at College of Computer Science, Zhejiang University in June 2009, where I was also affiliated with the Chu Kochen Honors College.
My research interests, broadly, are Information Visualization and Human Computer Interaction. My PhD thesis is titled with Interactive Visual Data Exploration: A Multi-Focus Approach. Specifically, my work falls in topics about designing novel interactive visualization systems supporting multi-focus visual exploration of complicated real-world datasets, developing new methods for information seeking and navigation on web, creating interaction techniques for mobile phones, and quantitatively modelling user performance on touch screens.
Conference Full Papers and Journal Articles
Conference Short Papers
Posters, Work-in-Progress, and others
Ji Wang, Jian Zhao, Sheng Guo, Chris North.
Abstract: Extracting and presenting essential information of time-varying volumetric data is critical in many fields of sciences. This paper introduces a novel approach of identifying important aspects of the dataset under the particle filter framework in computer vision. With the view of time-varying volumes as dynamic voxels moving along time, an algorithm for computing the 3D voxel transition curves is derived. Based on the curves which characterize the local data temporal behavior, this paper also introduces several post-processing techniques to visualize important features such as curve clusters by k-means and curve variations computed from curve gradients.
Abstract: Recently, the amount of digital information available in the world has been growing at a tremendous rate. This huge, heterogeneous, and complicated data that we are continuously generating could be an incredible resource for us to seek insights and make informed decisions. For this knowledge extraction to be efficient, visual exploration of data is demanded in addition to fully automatic methods, because visual exploration can integrate the creativity, flexibility, and general experience of the human user into the sense-making process through interaction and visualization techniques.
|Research Intern, Microsoft Research, Redmond, Dec. 2014 - Mar. 2015|
|Research Intern, Adobe Research, San Francisco, Jun. 2014 - Sep. 2014|
|Research Intern, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, Jun. 2013 - Sep. 2013|
|Research Intern, Microsoft Research, Redmond, Jun. 2011 - Sep. 2011|
Robert E. Lansdale/Okino Computer Graphics Graduate Fellowship, $2000, 2015
Wolfond Fellowship, University of Toronto, $10,000, 2012
Wolfond Scholarship, University of Toronto, $5,000, 2010, 2011
University of Toronto Art & Science Fellowship, ~$30,000/year, 2009-2014
Chinese National Scholarship, ¥8,000/year, 2006, 2008
1st Class Zhejiang University Academic Scholarship, ¥5,000/year, 2006-2008
Mira Dontcheva, Jian Zhao, Aaron Hertzmann, Alan Wilson, Zhicheng Liu.
Liang Gou, Fei Wang, Jian Zhao, Michelle Zhou.
Jian Zhao, Steven Drucker, Danyel Fisher, Donald Brinkman.
CSC108 Introduction to Computer Programming (Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Summer 2015)
CSC148 Introduction to Computer Science (Fall 2010)
CSC318 Design of Interactive Computational Media (Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2013)
CSC309 Programming on the Web (Fall 2012)
CSC428/2514 Human-Computer Interaction (Spring 2014)
Supporting Data Analytics with Interactive Visualization. CaseWare International Inc., Toronto, ON, 2015.6
Bridging Data and User with Interactive Visualization. Peking University, Bejing, China 2015.5
Visual Comparison of Event Sequence Data. ACM CHI, Seoul, South Korea, 2015.4
Bridging Data and User with Interactive Visualization Autodesk Research, Toronto, ON, 2014.11
#FluxFlow: Visual Analysis of Anomalous Information Spreading on Social Media IEEE VIS, Paris, France, 2014.11
PEARL: An Interactive Visual Analytic Tool for Understanding Personal Emotion Style Derived from Social Media IEEE VIS, Paris, France, 2014.11
Visual Comparison of Event Sequence Data Adobe Research, San Francisco, CA, 2014.9
Visual Data Exploration: A Multi-Focus Approach UOIT, Oshawa, ON, 2013.12
Visual Analytics of Online Social Media IBM Research Almaden, San Jose, CA, 2013.9
TrailMap: Facilitating Information Seeking in a Multi-Scale Digital Map via Implicit Bookmarking ACM CHI, Paris, France, 2013.5
TrailMap: Facilitating Information Seeking in a Multi-Scale Digital Map via Implicit Bookmarking ToRCHI seminar, Toronto, ON, 2013.4
Facilitating Discourse Analysis with Interactive Visualization IEEE VisWeek, Seattle, WA, 2012.10
Exploratory Analysis of Time-series with ChronoLenses IEEE VisWeek, Providence, RI, 2011.10
TimeSlice: Interactive Faceted Browsing of Timeline Data Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, 2011.8
KronoMiner: Using Multi-Foci Navigation for the Visual Exploration of Time-Series Data ACM CHI, Vancouver, BC, 2011.5
A Model of Multi-touch Manipulation GRAND, Vancouver, BC, 2011.5
Modeling Scrolling Interactions on Touch Screens Jilin University, China, 2010.12
KronoMiner: Using Multi-Foci Navigation for the Visual Exploration of Time-Series Data KMDI seminar, University of Toronto, 2010.9
International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), 2014-2015.
International Symposium of Chinese CHI (Chinese CHI), 2016.
ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2014.
IEEE VisWeek (VAST, InfoVis, SciVis), 2010-2011.
IEEE VIS (VAST, InfoVis, SciVis), 2012-2015.
IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis), 2014.
IEEE Eurographics/VGTC Symposium on Visualization (EuroVis), 2015.
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 2013.
ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2011-2015.
ACM User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), 2013-2015.
ACM Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI), 2014.
ACM Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI), 2014.
ACM Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI), 2012.
ACM World Wide Web (WWW), 2015.
Human-Centric Computing and Information Sciences, 2015.