Dr Mengdie Zhuang

PhD (Sheffield)

Information School

Lecturer in Data Science

Mengdie Zhuang
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Dr Mengdie Zhuang
Information School
Room C223
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

I joined the Information School as a lecturer in 2021. Prior to this, I worked on identifying behaviour patterns from engaged users while searching or browsing online, and obtained my PhD degree from Sheffield in 2019.

Between 2019 - 2021, I worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, on creating novel data visualisation tools to support rapid infectious disease control.

Research interests

My research aims to deepen our quantitative understanding of how people interact with artificial systems in the process of acquiring information, and how this interaction augments the user experience and influences decision-making. I am particularly interested in analysing these interactions through quantitative methods, including machine learning and network analysis, with theory from information retrieval and user engagement. I am also interested in using data visualisations to communicate complex datasets. My research includes, but is not limited to, issues around:

  • User interaction with Information Systems such as information retrieval, crowdsourcing platforms. I am interested in identifying behaviour patterns that are indicative of positive user experience, and using those patterns to design or optimise systems to support learning or decision-making. 
  • Digital Health. I am interested in creating novel data analytic and visualisation components to make access to health resources more inclusive.

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Teaching interests

I have taught modules in the areas of programming, data mining, digital health and visualisation.

I am currently the module coordinator of INF4000 Data Visualisation, and contribute INF6027 Introduction to Data Science and INF4001 Information Visualisation for Decision Makers.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London.
  • Honorary Health Scientist at University College London Hospital.
  • Reviewer for academic journals and conferences:

- International Journal of Human - Computer Studies.

- Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

- International Journal of Geographical Information Science. - Frontiers on Digital Public Health.

- Digital Geography and Society

- Journal of Medical Internet Research 

- ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing ( CSCW2018, 2021).

- ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci, 2019).

- ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI, 2018).