Jian Zhao joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science in October 2019 as an assistant professor. Previously, he was a senior research scientist in the Enterprise AI group at FX Palo Alto Laboratory — FXPAL — in Palo Alto, California.
His research lies in the intersection of information visualization, human-computer interaction, and data science. He develops advanced visualizations that promote the interplay between human and machine. He focuses primarily on designing interactive visualization techniques to support complex analytical workflows: from exploratory data analysis, to model curation and explanation, and to insight communication and storytelling.
Jian received his PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of several scholarships, including an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Mitacs Award, and has received multiple paper awards at top-tier venues. He holds more than a dozen patents.