Associate Professor Tony Huang

Course Director, UTS Data Science and Innovation

Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation
University of Technology Sydney

Director, Collaboration and Visual Analytics Research Lab (old)



Dr Huang is an Associate Professor with UTS TD School and serves on the executive committee of UTS Visualisation Institute and the advisory group for UTS Connected Intelligence Centre. He was the program leader for Human-Data Interaction at Swinburne Data Science Research Institute and deputy director of Master of Information Technology Program at Swinburne, a senior lecturer at UTAS, and a senior research scientist at CSIRO ICT Centre (now Data61). At CSIRO, he worked on a number of strategic and commercial multi-million dollar projects related to virtual/mixed/augmented reality, mobile/wearable/ubiquitous computing, computer-supported collaboration, and computer graphics/vision/visualization/multimedia. In those projects, he was a research leader responsible for defining and pursuing research questions. He designed multimodal system interfaces, visualizations and interaction methods, investigated HCI, CSCW and human factors issues, evaluated usability and user experience and conducted data analytics in industrial domains including mining, education, health and manufacturing.

He received his PhD in computer science from University of Sydney. He also had formal training in experimental psychology and professional experience in psychometrics. His research interests are broadly in human computer (data) interaction, visualization and data science. He has over 150 publications in these areas including 6 books; one of his books: Recent Trends of Mobile Collaborative Augmented Reality Systems, was among the top 25% most downloaded eBooks of Springer, a major academic publisher. His research has achieved impact both in academia and in industry. He gives keynote/plenary speeches, invited talks and seminars at conferences and universities worldwide, and has been named among the Standford's top 2% scientists in the world since 2020.

Dr Huang served as a general chair, a technical program chair, or an organizing chair for a number of international conferences and workshops. He is a PC member for more than 100 conferences and also regularly invited to serve as a reviewer or a guest editor on topics within his fields of expertise such as Nature Scientific Reports, Applied Cognitive Psychology and Information Sciences. He is a grant proposal assessor for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Australian Research Council (ARC), and an examiner of PhD theses for ten top Australian universities. He has been Associate Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, Associate Editor of Behaviour and Information Technology, and a founding chair of the technical committee on Visual Analytics and Communication of IEEE SMC Society, which was awarded the most active technical committee in 2022.

He has successfully developed/co-developed a number of projects funded by government funding agencies and commercial partners, including prestigious and competitive ARC DP and LP grants, with a total value of over 3 million dollars. He also provides consulting services to internal research teams and external companies on user requirements analysis, user interface design, production process optimization, human factors issues and data analysis. He has developed a 350-item checklist for heuristic evaluation of 3d multimodal user interfaces. The external companies he had worked with include EnergyAustralia, Echelon Mining Services, SGE Analytical Science, BHP Billiton, Boeing and Oracle.

Dr Huang is a professional member of Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia, and a member of IEEE, ACM and ACS. In recent years, he has been a research fellow at University of Sydney and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), and a visiting researcher at University of Arizona and National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University.

Selected Grants

  • Data Analytics and Insights of Occupational Violence for Uplifting OVS Data Informed Practice Capability. NSW Department of Education. $75,000
  • Visual Analytics of Risk Stratification for Water Corporation. Water Corporation of Western Australia. $140,000
  • Guiding Students with Remote Hands for Electronics Troubleshooting. CSIRO Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF). $5,000
  • Development of the viscom technical committee. IEEE SMC Society. $5,600.
  • NetCollect - Online social network data collection and visualization platform. SNA Think Tank Pty Ltd & ARC. $69,000
  • Remote presence for guidance on physical tasks. Australian Research Council Discovery Project (ARC DP). $469,000
  • Visual Analytics for Massive Multivariate Networks. Australian Research Council Linkage Project (ARC LP). $557,650
  • Helping hands: an innovative tele-assistance system for clinical skill development. Australian Government Office for Teaching and Learning. $50,000
  • Remote Mining Engineer. Australian Government Department of Industry: Researchers in Business grant. $90,000
  • Food Data Science and Advanced Visual Analytics. NICTA (Data61). $25,000
  • Visual Cues for Efficient Airplane Manufacturing. Boeing and CSIRO. $1,500,000
  • Visual Communication of Massive Sensor Data for Intelligent Mining. CSIRO. $250,000
  • An innovative tele-assistance system to support education in clinical procedures. Tasmanian Clinical Education Network. $35,000
  • Making sense of biology data through artistic interactions. UTAS Cross-Disciplinary Incentive Grant. $6,800
  • Use of ambient and eco-visualization for promotion of environmental awareness. UTAS Environment Research Group grant. $1,800
  • Smart City Initiative: Regional Development for Better Living. UTAS strategic research grant. $120,000
  • Quality metrics for curved graph drawings. HIT Lab Australia research collaboration grant, $30,000
  • Science Citizenship

    Guest Editor: Special issue on Multimodal User Interaction @ Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces (current)
    Guest Editor: Special issue on Spatial User Interaction @ Computers & Graphics (current)
    Guest Editor: Special issue on Visual Communication Cues for Remote Collaboration @ Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
    Guest Editor: Special Issue on Emerging Technologies for Home Health Care @ Health Informatics Journal
    Guest Editor: Special Issue on Augmented Humanity for Health and Wellbeing @ International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

    Co-Chair: Technical committee on visual analytics and communication, IEEE SMC Society (2015- )
    Steering Committee Chair: International Conference on Information Visualisation (2020- )
    Associate Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Visual Languages and Computing (2015-2018)
    Associate Editor: Behaviour and Information Technology (2017-present)
    Editorial Board Member: Journal of Computer Languages (2018-present)
    Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning (2013-2021)
    1. Conference and workshop leadership:
    2024 Conference co-chair: The 12th ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI 2024)
    2023 Conference co-chair: The 11th ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI 2023)
    2021 Program Committee Chair: The 25th International Conference Information Visualisation (IV 2021)
    2020 VisNotes co-chair: The 13th IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis 2020)
    2018 Poster chair: International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence & Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments (ICAT-EGVE 2018)
    2018 Workshop organizer: Augmented Humanity using Wearable and Mobile Devices for Health and Wellbeing at MobileCHI 2018
    2018 Chair of Special Session on Visual and Immersive Analytics at IEEE SMC18
    2017 Poster chair: International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence & Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments (ICAT-EGVE 2017)
    2017 Workshop chair: The 22nd Annual International Conference on 3D Web Technology (Web3D 2017)
    2016 PC chair: The 28th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (OzCHI 2016)
    2016 Organizing chair: The 13th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering (CDVE 2016)
    2016 Conference chair: The 13th International Conference on Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization (CGiV'16)
    2016 Chair of Short Papers and Posters: The 12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE'16)
    2015 Organizing chair: The 12th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering (CDVE2015)
    2015 Chair of Posters and Demonstrations: IEEE International Symposium on Big Data Visual Analytics (BDVA2015)
    2014 Conference chair: The 7th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI14)
    2013 Conference chair: The 10th International Conference Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization (CGIV13)
    2013 Workshop organizer: International Workshop on Big Data in Collaborative Environments
    2012 Chair of Special Session on Ubiquitous and Collaborative Computing at IEEE SMC12
    2012 PC chair: The 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2012)
    2012 PC chair: The 9th International Conference Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization (CGIV12)
    2011 Chair of Short Papers and Posters: The 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2011)
    2010 Workshop organizer: International Workshop on Mobile Collaborative Augmented Reality (MCAR) at ISMAR 2010
    2010 Symposium chair: International Symposium on 3D Visual Environments (3DVE) at CGIV10
    2009 Session chair: The 2009 Visual Information Communications- International Symposium (VINCI09)
    2008 Organizing Committee member: 19th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC08)
    2007 Organizing Committee member: 15th International Symposium on Graph Drawing (GD07)
    2. Journal reviewing:
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Nature Scientific Reports
  • Computers in Human Behaviour
  • Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
  • Ergonomics
  • Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • Information Sciences
  • International Journal of Cyber Behaviour, Psychology and Learning
  • Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces
  • Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
  • IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing
  • IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
  • IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
  • Information Visualization
  • Journal of Visual Languages and Computing
  • ACM Computers in Entertainment
  • ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems
  • Multimedia Tools and Applications
  • Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications
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