Tianyi Li
Ph.D. Student | Department of Computer Science | College of Engineering | Virginia Tech


My name is Tianyi Li (李天一), a 3rd year Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech. I work with Dr. Chris North and Dr. Kurt Luther on creating new technology and tools to make sense of text data using the wisdom of crowds. I work in the InfoVis Lab and The Crowd Lab at Virginia Tech. I'm also a member of Data Analytics Center and Center for Human-Computer Interaction.

My research studies how we can incite, acquire and structure the wisdom of crowds to help make sense of the rapidly growing and dynamically changing information about our world. To achieve this goal, we combine sensemaking theories, crowdsourcing techniques and visual analytics, to develop theories and applications for intelligence analysis. My work has been focused on studying experts sensemaking process of different tasks, based on which, smartly choosing and visualizing the amount and portion of contexts at a reasonable level of abstraction, so that ordinary individuals can handle and contribute to intelligence analysis process. More about me...