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We are actively looking for self-motivated students to join the Visualization and Data Analytics (VDA) Lab at SMU to conduct cutting-edge research on information visualization, visual analytics and HCI. We have multiple opennings, including PhD/master, research assistants, visiting research students and undergraduate research positions.

For Perspective PhD and Mphil Students

We are looking for PhD and Mphil students in Computer Science or Information Systems. During the postgraduate study, you will be involved in cutting-edge research in the general areas of data visualization and human computer interaction. Good candidates are expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  • A bachelor/master degree in Computer Science (or related fields) with good programming skills;
  • Being passionated about doing excellent research. Research experience in data visualization, data mining, machine learning and HCI will be a plus.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both writing and speaking.
If interested, drop me an email ( by attaching your CV, transcripts and other supporting documents (if any). For more details on the PhD program application at SMU, please refer to the official website.

Scholarship and Funding Support

The PhD students will be provided with a full postgraduate Scholarship for 4 years. Monthly stipend in addition to various fee waivers:
  • For Singaporean students: SG$2700 – SG$5000
  • For Singapore PR students: SG$2200 – SG$4000
  • For foreign students: SG$2000 – SG$3750
Outstanding candidates are encouraged to apply for SMU Presidential Doctoral Fellowships. I am also looking for PhD students under the program of SMU-China Scholarship Council (CSC) Joint Scholarship Scheme and Vingroup Young Talent Scholarship.

About SMU

SMU is the third national university of Singapore and is internationally recognized for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU has evolved into a specialised university in Management, Technology, Social Sciences and their intersections. It is ranked 12th worldwide among specialist universities and ranked 15th Best Young Universities in the world (QS Ranking 2020). The computer science of SMU ranks 15th in Asia and 85th worldwide (CS Ranking 2020): CSRankings, [link].
Once joining SMU, you will be working at the heart of Singapore, where the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore National Library are within five minutes walking distance.
For more information about SMU PhD Careers and research life: [link]

For Research Assistants (RA) and Visiting Research Students (VRS)

We have two immediate positions of RA or VRS to work on our MOE Tier 1 project that focuses on AI-powered data visualization design and user interaction. The major research goal is to explore how AI techniques can be applied to improve visualization design and its interactions. A SG$2500 monthly stippend and other related benefits (e.g., medical insurance and hotel cost for 14-days quarantine) will be provided. The position will be 6~12 months. Below are the basic requirements:
  • An ongoing PhD/master/bachelor student with a research background in data visualization or machine learning;
  • Excellent programming skills in Javascript and Python and being familiar with visualization toolkits like D3;
  • Excellent English communication skills, both writing and speaking.
If interested, drop me an email ( by attaching your CV, transcripts and other supporting documents (if any).

For Undergraduate Students

I am always happy to mentor SMU undergraduate students to work on research projects on data visualization and HCI. The detailed topics can be based on mutual discussion between us, ranging from FinTech, social media, healthcare, Industry 4.0 and explainable AI.

I am looking forward to working together with students taken the courses IS485, IS484 and IS483. If you are interested in my research and choose me as your project advisor, just send me an email ( or drop by my office at Room 4048 of SIS building.