PhD Student Wu Aoyu Received Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship
CSE PhD Wu Aoyu is selected as one of the recipients of 2021 Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) Fellowship. Aoyu was among 150 PhD candidates from 50 leading research academic institutions in China, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Singapore, with 11 identified as emerging leaders and representing the best and the brightest PhD candidates in the Asia-Pacific region in MSRA 2021.
The MSRA Fellowship Program aims to empower and encourage PhD students in the Asia-Pacific region to realize their potential in computer science-related research. In line with this, recipients receive a three-month visiting research opportunity offered by Microsoft, as well as a cash award.
Supervised by Prof. Qu Huamin, Aoyu's research interests include data visualization and human-computer interaction. He focuses on designing and evaluating intelligent and interactive systems to ease the creation of data visualizations for communication, data analysis, and data-driven decision-making. He leads the Pulse of HKUST team, which aims to build a data-driven smart campus at HKUST.
Aoyu's goal is to make visualizations a "first-class citizen" on the web and more accessible to both humans and computers. Specifically, he tries to build tools that automatically recommend models and visualizations for data analysis to advance the democratization of data science. He plans to create methods for interpreting and understanding the implicit meanings of visualizations at the Internet scale. By integrating those two perspectives, he aims to contribute to a new online knowledge ecology - both analyzing web visualizations to distill knowledge and assisting the public in producing new visualizations to communicate information. As a result, that ecology will increase the breadth of the semantic web and make "big data" more accessible and efficient.
Learn more from the official announcement.