I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China. I am also the Programme Director of MSc Human-Computer Interaction and the leader of the Research Group of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Vision. My research focuses on interactive visualization, human-computer interaction and computer graphics. I am particularly interested in 3D interaction techniques and HCI techniques through which we can fluidly express our intention in data exploration and explanation.

I received my PhD on Scientific Visualization and Interaction Techniques from the Scientific Visualization and Computer Graphics group (SVCG), University of Groningen.


I am building a research lab and looking for highly creative and collaborative students. I also have positions for PhD students and research assistants. If you are interested in Data Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, Interface Design and Interaction Techniques, and if you are hardworking, creative and well-motivated for high-quality research, please send an email with your CV and research plan (lingyun.yu@xjtlu.edu.cn).

For students who are interested in doing research with me, please take a look at my research interests and your research interests and experience should be clearly stated in the email.


Principal Investigator. Natural Interaction Techniques for Immersive Data Visualization (国家自然科学基金面上项目自然交互驱动的沉浸式空间可视化数据探索), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), General Program. 2023 to 2026.

Ziyue Yuan will start as my PhD student, working on Interaction Techniques for Visual Storytelling (叙事可视化中的交互技术).

November, 2022

I will give a guest talk in Women in Technology (WiT) Lecture Series on November 2, 2022. The event is hosted by the University of Liverpool. The title of the talk is “Spatial Interaction Techniques for 3D Data Visualization”.

October, 2022

Together with Hai-Ning Liang (XJTLU), Yingcai Wu (Zhejiang University), and Pourang Irani (University of British Columbia), we organized a workshop on “Visual Analytics in Immersive Environments” in ISMAR 2022.

We presented two papers in the ISMAR workshop 2022, “MEinVR: Multimodal Interaction Paradigms in Immersive Exploration” and “L-WiM: Collaborative Exploration in Immersive Environments“.

Together with my collaborators from Zhejiang University, we presented a paper in IEEE VIS 2022 “MetaGlyph: Automatic Generation of Metaphoric Glyph-based Visualization“.

August, 2022

In ChinaVis 2022 (Xining, Qinghai), we present two research papers, “A Study of the Effect of Star Glyph Parameters on Value Estimation and Comparison” and “Effect of Display Platforms on Spatial Knowledge Acquisition and Engagement: An Evaluation with 3D Geometry Visualizations“.

In ChinaVis 2022 (Xining, Qinghai), we got 2nd prize of Data Challenges on the topic of “3D digital twin visualization scene design and construction”. Congratulations!

July, 2022

Yu Liu who I co-supervised has defended her PhD thesis on July 4. Her topic is “Information Visualisation Interfaces for Large-display Multi-device Co-located Synchronous Collaboration“. Congratulations!

December, 2021

Lixiang Zhao has started as my PhD student, working on Spatial Interaction for Data Exploration (数据探索中的空间交互技术).

October, 2021

Together with my collaborators from Zhejiang University, we presented three papers in IEEE VIS, “A Visualization Approach for Monitoring Order Processing in E-Commerce Warehouse“, “VideoModerator: A Risk-aware Framework for Multimodal Video Moderation in E-Commerce” and “GlyphCreator: Towards Automatic Generation of Example-based Circular Glyphs“.

July, 2021

In ChinaVis 2021 (Wuhan), we presented the paper “VeLight: A 3D Virtual Reality Tool for CT Based Anatomy Teaching and Training” and got “Excellent Work Award” for the Data Challenges. I gave a talk on “Interactive Visualization Techniques in VR and AR”.

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