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WANG Yong 王勇

Assistant Professor
Lee Kong Chian Fellow

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 Computing and Information Systems (SCIS), Singapore Management University (SMU). My major research interests include Data Visualization, Visual Analytics, Human-computer Interaction and Explainable Artificial Intelligence. My research goal is to develop cutting-edge Information Visualization techniques and Interactive Visual Analytics systems to facilitate big data exploration and analytics. My research has 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 and ACM SIGGRAPH blog.

I received my PhD degree in computer science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). 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.


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July 2022Recieve the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship for research excellece!
July 2022Two papers (VACSEN and Taurus) are accepted by IEEE VIS 2022!
July 2022Deliver an invited talk on AI4Vis at ChinaVis 2022!
May 2022Yanna and Cheng join us as visiting PhD students. Welcome!
May 2022GestureLens is accepted by TVCG!
April 2022Deliver an invited keynote speech on AI-powered Data Visualization at the VISxAI Workshop of PacificVis 2022!
April 2022Structure-aware Visualization Retrieval won CHI 2022 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award!
March 2022Our paper BlockLens is accepted by L@S 2022 as a WIP paper!
March 2022Worked as a session chair for IUI 2022!
March 2022Another paper ComputableViz is accepted by CHI22!
March 2022iSearch and RumorLens are accepted as CHI22 Late Breaking Work!
Feb. 2022Structure-aware Visualization Retrieval is accepted by CHI22!
Feb. 2022Xiaolin joined our team as a visiting student! Warm Welcome!
Jan. 2022GNNLens is accepted by TVCG!
Jan. 2022Shaolun officially joined our team! Warm Welcome!
Nov. 2021KG4VIS is highlighted by ACM SIGGRAPH blog!
Nov. 2021Our paper BatchLens is accepted by DATE 2022!
Sept. 2021Two papers (KG4VIS and M^2Lens) are awarded IEEE VIS 2021 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award!
Aug. 2021Our survey paper on ML4VIS is accepted by TVCG!
Aug. 2021Songheng joined our research team and is the first PhD student of the team! Warm welcome!
July 2021Two papers (KG4VIS and M^2Lens) have been accepted by IEEE VIS 2021!
July 2021Our short paper (Intercept Graph) is accepted by IEEE VIS 2021 as a short paper!
July 2021Our paper (DeHumor) is accepted by TVCG!
May 2021Our research on video analysis was patented and integrated into Own The Room’s virtual training app!
March 2021iQUANT (Interactive Quantitative Investment) is accepted by EuroVis 2021!
Jan. 2021Our paper on visual analytics for the proctoring of online exams is accepted by CHI 2021!
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 visiting research scholar (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



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


  • 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

Media Coverage





Working/Research Experience

  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Computing and 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.


Current@SMUSongheng Zhang, PhD student (BS @ University of California Irvine), since Aug. 2021.
Shaolun Ruan, PhD student (BS @ UESTC), since Jan. 2022.
Xiaolin Wen, Visiting Master Student from Sichuan University, since Feb. 2022.
Yanna Lin, Visiting PhD Student from HKUST, since May 2022.
Cheng Chen, Visiting PhD Student from Renmin University of China, since May 2022.
Jian Yu CHEN, Undergraduate Research Assistant, since March. 2022. Co-advised with Prof. Kotaro Hara.
Patricia LOI Hui Yi, Undergraduate Research Assistant, since Dec. 2021. Co-advised with Prof. Kotaro Hara.
Jaye Brianna Yap, Undergraduate Research Assistant, since May 2022. Co-advised with Prof. Kotaro Hara.
Ribo Yuan, Remote Research Assistant from University of Delaware, since May 2022.
Former@SMUKim Siang Yeo, MITB Student, Nov. 2021 - May 2022.
Carmen Yip, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Nov. 2020 to Jan. 2022. Co-advised with Prof. Kotaro Hara.
Yi Zhe Ang, Remote Visiting Student from National University of Singapore, Nov. 2021 to Jan. 2022.
Shaolun Ruan, Remote Visiting Student from Kent State University, Sept. 2020 to Dec. 2021.
Haotian Li, Visiting Research Student from HKUST, Feb. 2021 to Sept. 2021.
Haonan Xu, Master Student, Dec. 2020 - June 2021.
Jie Mi Chong, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Nov. 2020 - May 2021, Co-advised with Prof. Kotaro Hara.
Former@HKUSTHaotian 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
Meng Xia, PhD student, HKUST
Haipeng Zeng, PhD student, HKUST
Min Xu, Research Assistant, HKUST
Kento Shigyo, Mphil student from Kobe University, visited HKUST for 3 months
Hammad Haleem, Mphil student, HKUST (now at Goldman Sachs)


2021/22 Term 1Lecturer, IS428: Visual Analytics for Business Intelligence, G1 & G2, SMU.
2021/22 Term 1Lecturer, IS111: Introduction to Programming, G11, SMU.
2021 JulyGuest Lecturer, Visual Analytics of Big Data: Applications in Finance and Business,
Tsinghua-SMU Finance Joint Master Program, SMU.
2020/21 Term 2Lecturer, CS421: Introduction to Machine Learning, G2, SMU.
2020/21 Term 2Supervisor, IS483: IS Project Experience (Applications), SMU.
2020 JulyGuest Lecturer, Graph Visualization (Summer School), Zhejiang University.
2019 AprilGuest Lecturer, Visual Analytics for Online Learning, BNU-HKUST Education Training Program, HKUST.
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

Session Chair
  • IUI 2022
PC Member
Conference Reviewer
  • IEEE VIS (InfoVis, VAST and SciVis) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • CHI 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022
  • PacificVis 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
  • EuroVis 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021
  • IUI 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Graph Drawing(GD) 2016, 2017
  • ChinaVis 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • CIKM 2021, 2022
  • AAAI 2017
  • IEEE Big Data 2017
Journal Reviewer
  • IEEE Transaction on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022.
  • Computer Graphics Forum, 2016, 2020, 2021
  • Computer Graphics and Application, 2018, 2021, 2022
  • ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST), 2017
  • ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (ACM TiiS), 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Computers & Graphics, 2020, 2021
  • Visual Informatics, 2021
  • Journal of Visualization, 2021, 2022
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS), 2021
  • Frontiers of Computer Science, 2022
  • Micron, 2014
Student Volunteer
  • IEEE VIS Conference, Chicago, USA, 2015