Professor

Min Chen BSc PhD FBCS FEG FLSW

Professor of Scientific Visualisation

Fellow of Pembroke College

TEL: 01865 610633
COLLEGE: Pembroke College
  • Biography
  • Research
  • Publications
  • DPhil Opportunities

Biography

Min Chen developed his academic career in Wales between 1984 and 2011, and is an internationally established scientist in the field of visualization, with significant contributions in volume graphics, video visualization and theory of visualization.

Research Interests

Min developed his academic career in Wales between 1984 and 2011, and is an internationally established scientist in the field of visualization, with significant contributions in volume graphics, video visualization and theory of visualization. His current research themes include:
 

  • Visualizing "time" without using "time". Although animation is an intuitive way to visualizing temporal data (e.g., videos), it is not only time-consuming but also suffers from several shortcomings, such as being prone to change blindness, excessive demand on full attention, and high cognitive load due to limited short-term memory. Hence any smart visualization technique that enables users to gain insight about complex temporal data without using animation will have a profound impact in many practical applications such as medicine and sports.
  • Theory of visualization. While the advantages of using visualization are well appreciated, our theoretic understanding about why and how visualization works is very limited. On one hand, it is a reasonable assumption that the science of visualization should be built upon a number of theories established in different disciplines. On the other hand, visualization provides a unique platform for us to develop a deep understanding of the theoretic models in computation, communication and cognition.
  • Causality discovery technology. Causality is the fabric of our dynamic world. Is it possible to develop a new technology that can help humans to analyse and reason causality based on observation, experimentation and acquired knowledge in a systematic manner? The data deluge provides us with both the motivation and opportunity to develop such a technology.
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Major Services

  • Editor-in-chief of Computer Graphics Forum (Wiley and EG) (2016-2019)
  • Papers co-chair of IEEE VAST 2014 and IEEE VAST 2015
  • Conference co-chair of EuroVis 2014
  • Papers co-chair of Eurographics 2011
  • Papers co-chair of IEEE Visualization 2007 and 2008
  • Associate editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (2011-2014)
  • Associate editor of Elsevier Computers & Graphics
  • Co-director of Wales Research Institute of Visual Computing (2009-2011)
  • Co-director of Centre for Communication and Software Technologies, one of 18 CETICs (2002-2009)
  • Deputy head and acting head of Swansea Computer Science (2009/10, 2010/11)

Publications

Publications are available here.

DPhil Opportunities

My previous or current DPhil students at Oxford are registered with either the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Engineering Science. If you are interested in studying DPhil in areas of visualization and visual analytics, you may contact me directly or via the Department.