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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 Interactive Visual Technologies. I obtained my PhD from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, in 2013. My research focuses on interactive visualization, human-computer interaction and virtual/augmented reality. I am particularly interested in employing immersive visualization and embodied interaction techniques for exploring 3D spatial data.


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

October, 2023

Our paper on “AR-Enhanced Workouts: Exploring Visual Cues for At-Home Workout Videos in AR Environment” is accepted by UIST 2023.

July, 2023

We won the First Prize award of Visualization Competition in ChinaVis 2023. Well done!

Our poster on “L-WiM: Collaborative Exploration in Immersive Environments” won Best Poster award of ChinaVis 2023. Congratulations!

We presented our research paper “Visual Harmony: Text-Visual Interplay in Infographics” in ChinaVis 2023.


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.

April, 2023

We presented our research paper “ A Study of Zooming, Interactive Lenses and Overview+Detail Techniques in Collaborative Map-based Tasks” in IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis 2023).

March, 2023

Fuqi Xie (谢馥琪)has started as my PhD student, working on Perception-enhanced Methods for Immersive Exploration (沉浸式环境下感知增强技术).

Together with Hai-Ning Liang (XJTLU) and Fotis Liarokapis (CYENS – Centre of Excellence, Cyprus University of Technology), we organized a workshop on “Mixing Realities: Cross-reality Visualization| Interaction| and Collaboration” in EEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (IEEE VR 2023).

We presented our research paper “Design and Development of a Mixed Reality Acupuncture Training System” in IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (IEEE VR 2023).

November, 2022

I gave 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 (刘钰) 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 (赵锂想)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).

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