Assistant Professor

photo of Jian ZhaoDr. Jian Zhao will be joining the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor in October 2019.

Dr. Zhao is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Enterprise AI group at FX Palo Alto Laboratory (FXPAL).

His research lies in the intersection of Information Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, and Data Science. He is dedicated to developing advanced visualizations that promote the interplay between human, machine. He focuses primarily on designing interactive visualization techniques to support complex analytical workflows: from exploratory data analysis, then to model curation and explanation, and finally to insight communication and storytelling.

He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of several scholarships, such as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Mitacs Award, and multiple paper awards at top-tier venues (e.g., IEEE VIS and ACM CHI). He has served on the program committees of many world-class conferences in InfoVis and HCI. Also, he has the experiences of working at other leading industry research labs including Microsoft, IBM, and Adobe. He holds more than a dozen patents and some have successfully generated impact on products. More information can be found on his personal website:

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