Jian Zhao joined the Cheriton School of Computer Science in fall 2019 as an assistant professor. Previously, he was a senior research scientist in the Enterprise AI group at FX Palo Alto Laboratory in Palo Alto, California.
His research lies at the intersection of information visualization, human-computer interaction and data science. He develops advanced visualizations that promote the interplay between human and machine. He focuses primarily on designing interactive visualization techniques to support complex analytical workflows: from exploratory data analysis, to model curation and explanation, and to insight communication and storytelling.
He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of several scholarships, such as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Mitacs Award, and multiple paper awards at top-tier venues (e.g., IEEE VIS and ACM CHI). He has served on the program committees of many world-class conferences in InfoVis and HCI. Also, he has the experiences of working at other leading industry research labs including Microsoft, IBM, and Adobe. He holds more than a dozen patents and some have successfully generated impact on products.