Nan Cao

Nan Cao(曹楠)
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

Nan Cao is an Assistant Professor in the CSE department at NYU Shanghai and a research assistant professor in CSE department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Prior to joining NYU, he was a research staff member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center during 2012 – 2016 and was a research engineer and staff researcher at IBM China Research Lab during 2005 – 2010. He received his PhD from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Aug 2012.

Professor Cao ’s research interests are information visualization and visual analytics.  He is specialized in producing novel visualization and interaction techniques to represent and analysis complex (big, dynamic, multidimensional, and multivariate) data in various application domains such as social media and healthcare. His work has majorly appeared in IEEE TVCG, IEEE INFOVIS/VAST, and ACM CHI.

Professor Cao received IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2015, the IEEE VAST Honorable Mention Award in 2014, HKUST PhD Research Excellence Award in 2012, and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in 2005.

Select Publications

  • Nan Cao, Conglei Shi, Sabrina Lin, Jie Lu, Yu-Ru Lin, Ching-Yung Lin
    TargetVue : Visual Analysis of Anomalous User Behaviors in Online Communication Systems
    IEEE Transaction on Visualization and Computer Graphics Vol 22 (1), 2016,
    DOI: 10.1109/TVCG.2015.2467196
  • Nan Cao, Yu-Ru Lin, Fan Du, Dashun Wang
    Episogram: Visual Summarization of Egocentric Social Interactions
    IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 2016
    DOI: 10.1109/MCG.2015.73
  • Nan Cao, Yu-Ru Lin, David Gotz,
    UnTangle Map: Visual Analysis of Probabilistic Multi-Label Data
    IEEE Transaction on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2016
    DOI: 10.1109/TVCG.2015.2424878
  • Fan Du, Nan Cao*, Jian Zhao, Yu-Ru Lin,
    Trajectory Bundling in Animation
    ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2015
    DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702476



  • PhD, Computer Science and Engineering
    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • MA, Computer Science and Engineering
    Northwestern Polytechnic University