• Welcome!

    I'm an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Seattle University. Before joining SU, I was in the Social Spaces group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Prof. Karrie Karahalios.

    My research interests are in data visualization and assistive technology. I design, build, and evaluate interactive systems to study people’s perceptions and usage of data visualization in various domains including healthcare and the media. My latest research projects looked at credibility and trust in visualization online, and how visualization can help clinicians and parents of young children communicate more efficiently.
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What have I written?


H. Kong, W. Zhu, Z. Liu, and K. Karahalios. Understanding Visual Cues in Visualizations Accompanied by Audio Narrations, CHI 2019. pdf

H. Kong, Z. Liu, and K. Karahalios. Trust and Recall of Information across Varying Degrees of Title-Visualization Misalignment, CHI 2019. pdf

H. Kong, Z. Liu, and K. Karahalios. Frames and Slants in Titles of Visualizations on Controversial Topics, CHI 2018. pdf

H. Kong*, J. Lee*, and K. Karrahalios. A Comparative Study of Visualizations with Different Granularities of Behavior for Communicating about Autism, CSCW 2018. pdf
*Both authors contributed equally to this work

S. Rahman, M. Aliakbarpour, H. Kong, E. Blais, K. Karahalios, A. Parameswaran, and R. Rubinfield. I’ve Seen “Enough”: Incrementally Improving Visualizations to Support Rapid Decision Making, VLDB 2017. pdf

H. Kong, Z. Liu, and K. Karahalios. Internal and External Visual Cue Preferences for Visualizations in Presentations, EuroVis 2017. pdf

H. Kong, K. Karahalios. Parental Perceptions, Experiences, and Desires of Music Therapy, AMIA 2016. pdf

J. Lee, H. Kong, S. Lin, K. Karahalios. Plexlines: Tracking Socio-communicative Behaviors Using Timeline Visualizations, AMIA 2016. pdf

H. Kong*, J. Lee*, J. Ding, K. Karahalios. EnGaze: Designing Behavior Visualizations with and for Behavioral Scientists, DIS 2016. pdf

J. Kim, H. Kong, K. Karahalios, W. Fu, and H. Hong. The Power of Collective Endorsements: Credibility Factors in Medical Crowdfunding Campaigns, CHI 2016. pdf

H. Kong, W. Wu, B. Bailey, and K. Karahalios. Culture, Imagined Audience, and Language Choices of Multilingual Chinese and Korean Students on Facebook, SocInfo 2015. pdf

What/where have I learned?


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • PhD in Computer Science (Aug 2019)
  • Advisor: Karrie Karahalios

Calvin College - Grand Rapids, MI

  • BS with Honors in Computer Science (May 2013)
  • Advisor: Serita Neleson

Calvin College - Grand Rapids, MI

  • BA with Honors in Music (May 2013)
  • Advisor: Hyesook Kim