Fan Du

I am a computer science Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. I work as a research assistant with Prof. Ben Shneiderman and Dr. Catherine Plaisant. My research focuses on data visualization and human-computer interaction, especially on analyzing healthcare data and user activity logs. I expect to graduate in May 2018.

I received my master's degree from University of Maryland and bachelor's degree from Zhejiang University, both in computer science. In the past, I have worked in top companies including Alibaba, Tencent, and IBM Research. I founded WaiMai Online, a startup that provided online-to-offline solutions for more than 40 restaurants.

Contact:   [email protected] |  Resume |  Google Scholar |       

Software: EventAction |  PeerFinder |  EventFlow |  CoCo

 

News

Feb 21 EventAction nominated for Invention of the Year at University of Maryland
Feb 17 Received Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2017
Jan 13 PeerFinder and iSphere papers accepted by CHI 2017
Dec 14 Journal article accepted by Clinical Infectious Diseases
Oct 27 Join our three presentations at IEEE VIS 2016
May 26 Join us for Workshop on Temporal Event Sequence Analysis at HCIL's 33rd Annual Symposium
Apr 22 Received Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2016 Late-Breaking Work

 

Publications

Conference Full Papers

Finding Similar People to Guide Life Choices: Challenge, Design, and Evaluation
Fan Du, Catherine Plaisant, Neil Spring, Ben Shneiderman
CHI'17: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2017.
Accepted to appear | Best Paper Honorable Mention

 

iSphere: Focus+Context Sphere Visualization for Interactive Large Graph Exploration
Fan Du, Nan Cao, Yu-Ru Lin, Panpan Xu, Hanghang Tong
CHI'17: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2017.
Accepted to appear

 

EventAction: Visual Analytics for Temporal Event Sequence Recommendation
Fan Du, Catherine Plaisant, Neil Spring, Ben Shneiderman
VAST'16: Proceedings of the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology, 2016.
Download: [pdf] | Export: [citation] | Featured in News

 

Trajectory Bundling for Animated Transitions
Fan Du, Nan Cao, Jian Zhao, Yu-Ru Lin
CHI'15: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2015.
Download: [pdf] [video] | Export: [citation]

 

Cohort Comparison of Event Sequences
with Balanced Integration of Visual Analytics and Statistics

Sana Malik, Fan Du, Megan Monroe, Eberechukwu Onukwugha, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman
IUI'15: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 2015.
Download: [pdf] | Export: [citation]

 

Journal Articles

Coping with Volume and Variety in Temporal Event Sequences:
Strategies for Sharpening Analytic Focus

Fan Du, Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant, Sana Malik, Adam Perer
TVCG: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, in press.
Download: [pdf] | Export: [citation]

 

Giardiasis Diagnosis and Treatment Practices
Among Commercially Insured Persons in the United States

Karlyn Beer, Sarah Collier, Fan Du, Julia Gargano
CID: Clinical Infectious Diseases, in press.
Download: [preprint] | 5-year impact factor: 8.88 | Joint work with

 

Z-Glyph: Visualizing Outliers in Multivariate Data
Nan Cao, Yu-Ru Lin, David Gotz, Fan Du
IV: Information Visualization, in press.
Download: [preprint] | Export: [citation]

 

High-Volume Hypothesis Testing:
Systematic Exploration of Event Sequence Comparisons

Sana Malik, Ben Shneiderman, Fan Du, Catherine Plaisant, Margret Bjarnadottir
TiiS: ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, 2016.
Download: [pdf] | Export: [citation]

 

Episogram: Visual Summarization of Egocentric Social Interactions
Nan Cao, Yu-Ru Lin, Fan Du, Dashun Wang
CGA: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 2016.
Download: [pdf] | Export: [citation] | Feature Article

 

Visual Analysis of Set Relations in a Graph
Panpan Xu, Fan Du, Nan Cao, Conglei Shi, Hong Zhou, Huamin Qu
CGF: Computer Graphics Forum (Proc. EuroVis), 2013.
Download: [pdf] | Export: [citation]

 

Conference Short Papers

Simplifying Overviews of Temporal Event Sequences
Matthew Louis Mauriello, Ben Shneiderman, Fan Du, Sana Malik, Catherine Plaisant
CHI'16: CHI Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2016.
Download: [pdf] | Export: [citation] | Best Paper Honorable Mention

 

What Did Others Like Me Do to Reach Their Health Goals?
EventAction for Event Sequence Recommendations

Fan Du, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman
VVH'16: Workshop on Valuable Visualization of Healthcare Information, AVI, 2016.
Download: [pdf]

 

EventFlow: Interactive Event Sequence Visualization and Querying
Fan Du, Sana Malik, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman
VAHC'14: Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (in conjunction with AMIA), 2014.
Download: [pdf]

 

An Evaluation of Visual Analytics Approaches to Comparing Cohorts of Event Sequences
Sana Malik, Fan Du, Megan Monroe, Eberechukwu Onukwugha, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman
EHRVis'14: Workshop on Visualizing Electronic Health Record Data, IEEE VIS, 2014.
Download: [pdf]

 

Work Experience


Jan 2014 - Now University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  Research Assistant, Human-Computer Interaction Lab
Summer 2014, 2015 IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
  Research Intern (with Dr. Nan Cao and Dr. Ching-Yung Lin)
Graph Computing and Social Cognitive Analytics Group
Sept 2013 - Dec 2013 University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science
Sept 2012 - Mar 2013 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong
  Research Intern (with Dr. Huamin Qu), VisLab
Summer 2012 Tencent, Shanghai, China
  Software Engineer Intern, Interactive Entertainment Group
Summer 2011 Alibaba, Hangzhou, China
  Software Engineer Intern, Research and Development Department
Nov 2010 - June 2013 WaiMai Online (startup), Hangzhou, China  
  Founder, CTO
Oct 2010 - Sept 2012 Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  Research Assistant, State Key Laboratory of CAD&CG

 

Research Talks


Oct 2016 EventAction: Visual Analytics for Temporal Event Sequence Recommendation
  IEEE VIS, Baltimore, USA
Oct 2016 A Visual Analytics Approach to Temporal Event Sequence Recommendation
  Doctoral Colloquium, IEEE VIS, Baltimore, USA
Oct 2016 A Visual Analytics Approach to Temporal Event Sequence Recommendation
  HCIL Brown Bag Series, University of Maryland
July 2016 The Battle of the Viz: Visual Analysis of Temporal Event Sequences
  Data Community DC Meetup, Washington, D.C.
May 2016 Visual Analytics for Temporal Event Sequence Recommendation
  HCIL's 33rd Annual Symposium, University of Maryland
Aug 2015 Visual Analytics for Event Risk Prediction
  IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY
May 2015 Analysis of Activity Logs: Using Visualization to Explain Results of Anomaly Detection
  HCIL's 32nd Annual Symposium, University of Maryland
Apr 2015 Trajectory Bundling for Animated Transitions
  ACM CHI, Seoul, Korea
Apr 2015 Trajectory Bundling for Animated Transitions
  HCIL Brown Bag Series, University of Maryland
Aug 2014 Interactive Visualization for Big Graphs
  IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY

 

Academic Services


Program Committee ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (Poster and Demo), 2016
  IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing (Big Data Visualization), 2016
Co-Organizer Workshop on Temporal Event Sequence Analysis (HCIL Annual Symposium), 2015 - 2016
Journal Reviewer ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, 2017
  IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 2016
  Big Data, 2016 - 2017
  IBM Journal of Research and Development, 2014
Conference Reviewer ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2015 - 2017
  ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), 2015 - 2016
  ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), 2016
  IEEE Information Visualization Conference (InfoVis), 2014 - 2016
  IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), 2014 - 2016
  IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis), 2016 - 2017
  AMIA Annual Symposium, 2016
Student Volunteer ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2014

 

Misc

Book Reviewer

StartupPro: How to Set Up and Grow a Tech Business
Martin Zwilling
Packt Publishing, 2014. Print.
Link: [website] [credit]