Victor (Yingjie) Chen


Assistant Professor  


B.Eng, Department of Thermal Engineering, TsingHua University, China
M.Sc, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Ph.D., School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada 

Research Areas

Dr.Chen’s research covers interdisciplinary domains of Information Visualization, Visual Analytics, Digital Media, and Human Computer Interaction. He seeks to design, model, and construct new forms of interaction in visualization and system design, by which the system can minimize its influence on design and analysis, and become a true free extension of human’s brain and hand. Dr. Chen conducts basic and applied research with an emphasis on implementation. He believes that high quality prototype implementations of designed mechanisms are essential to future theoretical progress in the field and to its application outside of academia. Certainly evaluation is equally important as the implementation. His research mixes theory, analysis, design, implementation, and review. The methodology executes iterative loops of problem awareness, suggestion, development, and evaluation.  

Key Areas

Interactive systems, Visual Analytics, Interactive information visualization, visual provenance 

Notable Awards

VAST (Visual Analytics Science and Technology) challenge awards (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
2010, Outstanding Interaction model, on text record analysis
2011, Novel Extension of Visual Analytics to Mobile Devices, on Characterization of an Epidemic Spread
2012, Outstanding Integrated Analysis and Visualization, on large scale cyber security situation analysis
2013, Outstanding Creative Design (two awards), on situation awareness display design for large computer network system 


Employing a Parametric Model for Analytic Provenance, ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (2014)

Multi-aspect visual analytics on large-scale high-dimensional cyber security data, Information Visualization (2013)

From when and what to where: Linking spatio-temporal visualizations in visual analytics, IEEE Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI) (2013)