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Ming Jia
PhD, Fall 2011

Home Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering

PhD Dissertation title: Visualizing Biological Data in Google Earth

PhD Advisor: Julie Dickerson

Area of PhD research: Making meaningful visualization of large scale biological data is the key for achieving new discoveries in system biology research. Typical biological data in research includes: biological pathways or networks, biological ontologies, and experimental data. Visualization tools used in these areas often fail to present a meaningful and insightful view of underlining data. We present a new interactive visualization tool, MetNetGE, which features novel visualization techniques for three kinds of biological data: pathway, ontology and omics data.

Employment upon graduating:
Software Engineer
Google
Sunnyvale, CA

Current activity: I work on the Google Android team.

What HCI classes were invaluable to my success?
HCI 521 Cognitive Psychology of HCI and HCI 575 Computational Perception

Favorite graduate school memory: My favorite memory is doing course projects with my teammates in HCI 521 and HCI 575 courses. Those projects are hard, and we truly learned many things. Finishing those hard projects made me feel very rewarded.

HCI issues that interest me: Usability of mobile phone. The smart phones and tablets have the fastest growing consumer market. Human behavior in social networks.

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