Xiaoying Pu

Credit: Xin Shu

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. I work with Professor Matthew Kay at Northwestern University.

I take a human-centered approach to communicating uncertainty and statistics with visualizations. Through my internships at two national labs, I have applied my research interests to challenges I care about — climate change and renewable energy. I am also interested in adopting and improving open science practices. Ask me about preregistrations!

Across my projects, I have used a wide range of methods, such as design, system-building, participant experiments & (Bayesian) statistical analyses, and qualitative interviews.

Midwest Uncertainty Collectiveumich email: xpuCurriculum VitaeTwitterGitHubLinkedIn. • IPA pronounciation: /ɕǎu jə̄ŋ pʰʷúː/


Datamations: Animated Explanations of Data Analysis Pipelines. CHI 2021. Xiaoying Pu, Sean Kross, Jake Hofman, Daniel Goldstein. (Conditionally accepted)

A Probabilistic Grammar of Graphics. CHI 2020. Xiaoying Pu, Matthew Kay. (Best Paper Honorable Mention)


SPy: Car Steering Reveals Your Trip Route!. Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs). Mert Pese, Xiaoying Pu, Kang Shin. (In press).

Shorter ones

Unbiasing Visual Data Exploration in the Garden of Forking Paths. Xiaoying Pu, Matthew Kay, Michael Correll, Eli Brown. CHI 2019 Workshop on Human-Centered Study of Data Science Work Practices, 2019.


Designing for Preregistration: A User-Centered Perspective. CHI 2019 Late Breaking Work. Xiaoying Pu, Licheng Zhu, Matthew Kay, Fred Conrad.

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The Garden of Forking Paths in Visualization: A Design Space for Reliable Exploratory Visual Analytics. IEEE VIS 2018 BELIV Workshop. Xiaoying Pu, Matthew Kay.

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Recent-ish News

  • October 2020: Helping out on How to Make Your Empirical Research Transparent tutorial at IEEE VIS 2020.
  • May 2020: Started my internsip at Microsoft Research NYC (remote).
  • April 2020: Featured in Earth Day at 50 Teach-Out at Michigan.
  • Oct 2019: Presented at the Visualization Paradigms in the Renewable Energy Space Application Spotlight at IEEE VIS 2019 in Vancouver, BC.
  • May 2019: Interned with Dr. Kristi Potter at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO.