Hello! I am Yalong Yang.

I am an Assistant Professor (starting in Fall 2021) in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Visual Computing Group at Harvard University with Prof. Hanspeter Pfister. Before joining Harvard, I received my Ph.D. from Human-Centred Computing Department, Monash University, Australia. My primary and secondary supervisors were Prof. Tim Dwyer and Prof. Kim Marriott. My thesis is available at "Visualising Geographically-Embedded Origin-Destination Flows: in 2D and immersive environments".


My research concerns many different aspects of Visualization (VIS), VR/AR, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), especially the emerging research topic — Immersive Analytics which focuses on applying engaging, embodied display and interaction techniques (e.g. VR/AR) for data visualization and visual analytics. I publish my research at premier venues like IEEE VIS, ACM CHI, IEEE TVCG, EuroVis, and received two best paper honorable mention awards: IEEE VIS 2016 and ACM CHI 2021. I also have supervised students with their projects successfully published at these venues.

I am recruiting Ph.D. students!
If you found the videos listed on this page interesting and want to design, implement and evaluate your own interactive systems, here is your opportunity!

I have several funded Ph.D. positions for self-motivated students. The ideal candidates should be passionate about VIS/VR/AR/HCI research and have strong programming skills. Having experience or being familiar with Unity3D/d3js/WebXR or similar tools is a plus. If you think you are a good fit, please reach me with 1) your CV, 2) your research statement/plan (two-page maximum), and 3) representative publications or writing samples (e.g., course project report) if available.

I am also interested in supervising graduate/undergraduate researchers and collaborating with visiting researchers/students.
About Virginia Tech
From the Princeton Review: "Virginia Tech is a school with a reputation as big as its campus. Known for its beautiful campus, amazing community feel, top-notch engineering field."

Virginia Tech offers an exceptional academic environment for VIS/VR/AR/HCI. In VT CS, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, e.g., the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI) and the Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics.

VT CS is expanding rapidly: with many new faculty hires in recent years (potentially more in the future) and two brand-new buildings in its Blacksburg campus: the Gilbert Street Building and the Data and Decision Sciences Building. The Gilbert Street Building will be ready in 2022's summer for you to join!

CHI 2021 - AR Basketball Training

Best Paper Honorable Mention

How to rotate a map?