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WANG Yong 王勇

Assistant Professor

Address: Room 4048, 80 Stamford Road, Singapore 178902.
E-mail: yongwang [at] smu [dot] edu [dot] sg
Telephone: +65-68264808

Short Biography

I am a tenure-track assistant professor at the School of Information Systems (SIS), Singapore Management University (SMU). I received my PhD degree in computer science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), under the supervision of Professor Qu Huamin. Before that, I obtained my B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), respectively.

My major research interests include Information Visualization, Visual Analytics, Human-computer Interaction and Human-centered Artificial Intelligence. My research goal is to develop the cutting-edge visual analytics techniques to facilate big data exploration. My research outputs have been applied in different domains including network analysis, online learning, smart factories, Fintech and public speaking training. Part of my research has been covered by medias, including NHK TV, IEEE Spectrum, the Wechat official account of Huawei Noah's Ark Lab.


[Multiple Positions!]: We are looking for self-motivated Ph.D./Mphil Students, RAs and Visiting Interns. Drop me an email if interested!
Sept. 2020I join Singapore Management University as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Aug. 2020Our paper Tradao is accepted as a short paper by IEEE VIS 2020!
July 2020Our paper on student performance prediction on online learning platforms is accepted by CIKM 2020!
July 2020Three papers are accepted by IEEE VIS 2020!
March 2020Our paper RankBooster is accepted as a short paper by EuroVis 2020!
Jan. 2020EmotionCues (emotion-oriented classroom video summarization) is covered by IEEE Spectrum!
Dec. 2019PlanningVis is covered by the official WeChat account of Huawei Noah Ark Lab!
Dec. 2019After a Long March of two years, our paper EmotionCues is finally accepted by TVCG!
Dec. 2019Two papers are accepted by CHI 2020!
Dec. 2019Our paper on student performance prediction in online question pools is accepted by LAK 2020!
Aug. 2019Our poster based on our work in the E-learning project won the Best Poster Award of IEEE VIS 19!
July 2019Present our TVCG paper on animated transition in SIGGRAPH 2019 in Los Angeles!
July 2019Our short paper on nonuniform timeslicing of dynamic graphs is also accepted by IEEE VIS 2019!
July 2019My InfoVis paper DeepDrawing and three coauthored VAST papers are accepted by IEEE VIS 2019!
Jan. 2019Our paper PeerLens has been accepted by CHI 2019!
Oct. 2018Our project Babyface is covered by Japan NHK TV on Oct. 24, 2018: Japanese Version (starting from 3:35m) and English Version (starting from 1:36m).
Oct. 2018Present our TVCG paper on animated transition in IEEE VIS 2018.
Oct. 2018Our paper on using deep learning to evaluate graph drawing readability is accepted by IEEE CGA!
June 2018Give a talk about our business review comparison work in EuroVis 2018.
March 2018One paper is accepted by EuroVis 2018.
Jan. 2018One coauthored paper is accepted by Micron.
Nov. 2017One coauthored paper is accepted by ACM TiiS.
Aug. 2017Two papers are accepted by ACM TiiS and TVCG respectively.
June 2017One coauthored paper is accepted by IEEE VIS 2017.
May 2017One coauthored paper is accepted by KDD 2017.
March 2017One coauthored paper won IUI best paper Award.
June 2016Workded as a research intern in IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center from June to December, 2016.
Oct. 2015Present AmbiguityVis in IEEE VIS 2015 at Chicago and worked as a student volunteer.
July 2015Our paper AmbiguityVis is accepted by IEEE InfoVis 2015!

Awards and Honors


  • IEEE VIS 2019 Best Poster Award


  • Funded by the PH-ITF program of Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong


  • ACM IUI 2017 Best Paper Award


  • HKUST Overseas Research Award


  • National Scholarship


  • HUST Postgraduate Scholarship for 3 times


  • Outstanding Student Leader of HUST


  • People's Scholarship for 6 times


  • Second Prize of Bionic Robot Contest of HIT


  • Merit Student of Hunan Province

Working/Research Experience

  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Information Systems, SMU, Singapore.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Department of CSE, HKUST, Hong Kong, China.
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Institute of Intelligent Control and Systems, HIT, Harbin, China.


I was so fortunate to work with talented students during my PhD and postdoc periods at HKUST.
2018-2020Haotian Li, Research assistant and PhD student, HKUST
Zhihua Jin, previously research intern and now PhD student, HKUST
Xingbo Wang, PhD student, HKUST
Huan Wei, PhD student, HKUST
Dong Sun, PhD student, HKUST
Haipeng Zeng, PhD student, HKUST
Kento Shigyo, Mphil student from Kobe University, visited HKUST for 3 months
2017-2018Hammad Haleem, Mphil student, HKUST (now at Goldman Sachs)


2021 SpringLecturer, CS421: Introduction to Machine Learning, SMU.
2021 SpringLecturer, IS111: Introduction to Programming, SMU.
2016 SpringTeaching Assistant, Comp2012: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures, HKUST.
2015 FallTeaching Assistant, Comp1022p: Introduction to Computing with Java, 2015 Fall, HKUST.
2015 SpringTeaching Assistant, Comp2012: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures, HKUST.

Academic Services

PC Member
Conference Reviewer
  • IEEE VIS 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • CHI 2017, 2019, 2020
  • EuroVis 2015, 2016, 2018
  • PacificVis 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • IUI 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Graph Drawing(GD) 2016,2017
  • ChinaVis 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • AAAI 2017
  • IEEE Big Data 2017
Journal Reviewer
  • IEEE Transaction on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 2017, 2020.
  • Computer Graphics Forum, 2016, 2020
  • Computer Graphics and Application, 2018
  • ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST), 2017
  • ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (ACM TiiS), 2017, 2020
  • Computers & Graphics, 2020
  • Micron, 2014