keynote speaker

[MAKING] DESIGN MODES: Design research

Nan Cao

Dr. Nan Cao is a professor from TongJi College of Design and Innovation. He is the director of the Intelligent Big Data Visualization Lab at Tongji University. He received his PhD degree from the computer science and engineering department at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Before joining Tongji, Nan Cao was a research staff member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and he worked for IBM for 10 years during 2005 - 2015. His primary expertise and research interests are data visualization and intelligent visual communication design. He has over 90 papers published in top international conferences such as IEEE VIS and ACM CHI. He received many career awards including the IBM outstanding technical award, IBM outstanding research achievement award, and the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. His team invented Calliope·Data (, the world’s first intelligent tool for automatically design and generating visual narrations based input data.

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