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If you are thinking about a PhD, this may help: How to start a PhD. It is my experience after being both a student and supervisor.
I am currently a senior lecturer within the Interaction Design Centre in the School of Engineering and Information Sciences at the Middlesex University in London, UK. The centre is the leading group of the UK Visual Analytics Centre (UKVAC), which is backed by the US Homeland Security Department. The UKVAC includes 4 other universities: Imperial College London, University College London, Bangor University , and Swansea University. My focus is Visual Analytics research, which combines interactive visualisation techniques with analytical reasoning methods (such as machine learning and natural language processing) to understand large and complex data.
From 2009-2010, I worked briefly as a bioinformatics specialist at the Australian Phenomics Facility, which is part of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. The Australian Phenomics Facility is part of the Australian Phenomics Network, which consists of the major biomedical research centres in Australia. A large part of my work is on the Phenomics Ontology Driven Database project, and the rest of the time is for the next-generation sequencing data management prjoect at the John Curtin school.
From 2008-2009, I worked as a senior research scientist at CSIRO Tasmanian ICT Centre in Hobart, Australia. I mainly involved in a bioinformatics proejct under the Preventative Health Flagship for early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer and Alzheimer disease.
From 2004-2008, I worked as a researcher at NICTA (National Information and Communication Technology Australia), which is a CRC Centre of Excellence distributed in most major cities in Australia. I worked in the Sydney lab on the project for visualizing and analysis of large and complex network, Australia from 2004. I help developed a visualisation package GEOMI (link to the paper), which is now open source. During this period, I am also an Honorary Associate of School of Information Technologies at University of Sydney, and a member of the ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure (EII).
Before joining NICTA, I got my PhD in 2004 from the Data and Knowledge Engineering group of the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland. My thesis is on the "database support for multi-resolution visualization of large 3D terrain surface" and my supervisor was Prof. Xiaofang Zhou . Before that, I graduated from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1999 with two bachelor degrees: one in computer science , the other in business.
- 2008 - Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety Awards, CSIRO, Australia.
- 2006 - Winner of Graph Drawing Contest - History of the World Cup Competition, Karlsruhe, Germany.
- 2005, "PathBank" (a student project I co-supervisedd), Siemens Prize for Commercialisation Potential, University of Sydney Research Conversazione, Australia.
- 2007-2008, A$100,000, NICTA representative for ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure, Australia.
- 2005-2006, A$33,000, co-investigator, "Network Analysis and Visualisation Taskforce", ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure, Australia.
- "Graph Visualisation", Visual Analytics Summer School 2010, September 2010, London, UK.
- "Connecting the Dots - Understanding Complex Genetic Disease with Networks and Visualisation", Visual Analytics Workshop 2010, September 2010, London, UK.
- "Beyond Single Graph Visualisation", Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment (VIBE) group, Microsoft Research, September 2009, Seattle, USA.
- "Multivariate and Multi- Graph Visualization", Visual Analytics Workshop 2009, September 2009, London, UK.
- "Network Visualization and Analysis", School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Tasmania, August 2008, Hobart, Australia.
- "Information Visualization and Graphs", School of Computer Science and Technology, Soochow University, April 2005, Suzhou, China.
- Harry Rolf (2009 - ), PhD candidate, "Visual Analysis of Online Community Evolution", School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Tasmania, Australia. Main supervisor: Prof. Christopher Leug.
- Andrew Cunningham (2005 - ), PhD candidate, "multivarite graph visualization", School of Computer and Information Science, University of South Australia, Australia. Main supervisor: Prof. Bruce Thomans.
- David Fung (2005 - 2009), PhD, "3D biological network visualization", School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, Australia. Main supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Seok-Hee Hong.
- Sebastian Schwanke (2007), visiting master studnet, "Mixed Reality Environment for Remote Collaboration", University of Rostock, Germany.
- Simone Li (2007), Honours (1st class), "3D Visualisation of Protein Interaction Networks", School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia. Main supervisor: Prof. Marc Wilkins.
- 2010 autumn semester: Object-Oriented Software Development, Schoole of Engineering and Informaiton Sciences, Middlesex University, UK.
- 2010 autumn semester: Professional Project Development and Management, Schoole of Engineering and Informaiton Sciences, Middlesex University, UK.
- 2010 autumn semester: Software Development Project, Schoole of Engineering and Informaiton Sciences, Middlesex University, UK.
- Co-chair, First International Workshop on Graph Techniques for Biomedical Networks (GTBN'09), in conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine 2009 (BIBM'09), November 2009, Washington D.C., USA.
- Publicity and Publication Chair, the First International Workshop on Data and Process Provenance (WDPP'09), April 2009, Brisbane, Australia.
- Organizing committee member, Asia Pacific Symposium on Information Visualization 2007 (APVIS 2007), February 2007, Sydney, Australia.
- Organizing committee member, Asia Pacific Symposium on Information Visualization 2005 (APVIS 2005), January 2005, Sydney, Australia.
- Co-organizer, EII-NICTA Workshop on Large-scale Network Analysis, November 2005, Sydney, Australia.
- Co-organizer, Network Analysis and Visualization taskforce of the ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure, 2005, Australia.
- Organizer, IMAGEN/NICTA demonstration at CeBIT Australia 2005, May 2005, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center, Sydney, Australia.
- Organizing committee member, 15th Australasian Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms (AWOCA 2004), July 2004, Ballina, New South Wales, Australia.
- Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE).
- Reviewer, GeoInformatica.
- Reviewer, Computer Graphics Forum.
- Reviewer, Proteomics journal.
- Reviewer, Journal of Systems and Software.
- Reviewer, 4th IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis 2011), March 2011, Hong Kong, China.
- Reviewer, 16th IEEE Information Visualization Conference (InfoVis 2010), October 2010, Salt Lake City, USA.
- Reviewer, IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2010, (IEEE VAST 2010), October 2010, Salt Lake City, USA.
- Programe committee member, 2010 International Conference on Data and Knowledge Engineering (ICDKE), September 2010, Melbourne, Australia.
- Reviewer, International World Wide Web Conferences (WWW 2009), April 2009, Madrid, Spain.
- Reviewer, 12th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV 08), July 2008, London, UK.
- Reviewer, IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis 08), March 2008, Kyoto, Japan.
- Program committee member, the Eighth Asia Pacific Web Conference (APweb 2006), January 2006, Harbin, China.
- Program committee member, the Seventh Asia Pacific Web Conference (APweb 2005), March 2005, Shanghai, China.
- Program committee member, First International Workshop on Conceptual Modeling for Geographic Information Systems (CoMoGIS2004, in conjunction with ER2004), November 2004, Shanghai, China.