Collaborative Interactive Visualization & Analysis Lab


The HKUST-CIVAL group develops interactive visualizations to promote the interplay between human, machines, and big data. We are specialized in visualization and visual analytics, VR/AR, human-computer interaction, and urban computing. Currently we are focusing on 1) computational design for visualization, infographics, poster, floorplan, etc.; 2) situated visualization in VR/AR; and 3) visual analytics for various application domains like transportation, building energy, etc.


  • Nov. ’23: Our paper ‘The Contemporary Art of Image Search: Iterative User Intent Expansion via Vision-Language Model‘ got accepted to CSCW 2024. Congrats to Yilin Ye.
  • Nov. ’23: Our paper ‘MetroBUX: A Topology-based Visual Analytics for Bus Operational Uncertainty EXploration‘ got accepted to IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Congrats to Shishi Xiao, Qing Shi, and Lingdan Shao.
  • Nov. ’23: Our paper ‘HoLens: A Visual Analytics Design for Higher-order Movement Modeling and Visualization‘ got accepted to Computational Visual Media. Congrats to Zezheng Feng.
  • July ’23: Our paper ‘Storytelling in Frozen Frontier: Exploring Graphic-Based Approach for Creating Interactive Story Maps in Antarctica‘ received Best Paper Award in VINCI 2023. Congrats to Liangwei Wang.
  • July ’23: Two papers got accepted to IEEE VIS 2023.
    • TimeTuner: Diagnosing Time Representations for Time-Series Forecasting with Counterfactual Explanations‘. Congrats to Jianing Hao.
    • Let the Chart Spark: Embedding Semantic Context into Chart with Text-to-Image Generative Model‘. Congrats to Shishi Xiao.


1 Duxue Road, Nansha District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, 511458
Dr. Wei ZENG