Position: Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Research Area(s): Big Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Human Computer Interaction, Explainable AI , Urban Computing/Smart City, E-Learning , Social Media , Social Network/Graph , Fintech, Pulse of HKUST , and Augmented Reality
Background: Huamin Qu is a full professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and also the director of the interdisciplinary program office (IPO) of HKUST. He obtained a BS in Mathematics from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, an MS and a PhD in Computer Science from the Stony Brook University. He is the director of the VisLab and also serves as the coordinator of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) group at the CSE department. His main research interests are in visualization and human-computer interaction, with focuses on urban informatics, social network analysis, E-learning, text visualization, and explainable artificial intelligence (XAI). He has co-authored about 200 refereed papers and more than 50 papers are published in the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), making him one of the most productive researchers in this journal. He is currently an associate editor of Computer Graphics Forum (CGF), and was an associate editor of IEEE TVCG, a paper co-chair for IEEE VIS'14, VIS'15 and VIS'18, a program co-chair for IEEE PacificVis'11 and IEEE PacificVis'12, a conference co-chair for VINCI'11 and VINCI'12, and a program vice chair for ChinaGraph 2014.
His research has been recognized by many awards including 10 best paper/honorable mention awards, 2009 IBM Faculty Award, 2014 Higher Education Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Second Class) from the Ministry of Education of China, 2015 HKICT Best Innovation (Innovative Technology) Silver Award from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, 2015 APICTA Merit Award in E-Learning from the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance, 2016 Distinguished Collaborator Award from Huawei Noah's Ark Lab, and 2018 Yelp Dataset Challenge Round 10 Grand Prize Award. The technologies developed by his group have been adopted by Microsoft, IBM, Huawei, Tencent, Bosch, etc. His teaching and research have received more than 30 media coverages, including NHK TV, IEEE spectrum, MIT News, Tech in Asia, Southern China Morning Post, Ming Pao, Wenhui Pao, etc.
He has acted as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for multiple large-scale research projects such as ITF projects on E-learning, RGC theme-based projects on digital citizenship and air pollution monitoring, UGC AoE project on slope safety, and National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) project on big data. He has graduated 26 PhDs and 19 Mphils, and his students won awards like IBM PhD Fellowship, Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, HKICT Best Innovation and Research (College & Undergraduates) Silver Award, Best paper awards of IEEE VAST and ACM IUI, Honorable Mention Awards of ACM CHI, IEEE VIS and IEEE PacificVis, HKUST SENG PhD Research Excellence Award and HKUST Overseas Research Awards.