• Hi!
    I'm Hidy

    I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am currently doing research in the Social Spaces group, advised by Prof. Karrie Karahalios. My research interests are in healthcare, social visualization, and assistive technology.
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What have I written?


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 (Expected May 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
Where have I worked?

Work Experience

Research Assistant Fall 2016 - present

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign – Champaign, IL

  • Worked with special education professors and graduate students to develop a Family Behavior Support app (FBSapp) to address challenging behaviors of children.

Research Intern Summer 2016, 2017

Adobe Creative Technologies Lab – San Francisco, CA

  • Studied frames and slants in visualization titles and how they affect visualization interpretation.
  • Studied presenters’ preferences and uses of visual cues that guide the audience’s attention to a particular area of a visualization. Developed a visual cue taxonomy and a visual cue webtool (VisualQ).

Teaching Assistant Fall 2013 - 2015

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign – Champaign, IL

  • Courses: INFO103 (≈ 40 students), CS101 (≈ 700 students), CS467 – Social Visualizations (≈ 90 students)
  • Taught weekly lab sections for 80 students (CS101) and held weekly office hours
  • Reviewed the weekly paper critiques (CS467), and led two lectures on visualizations

Website Developer Summer 2012 - Spring 2013

Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI

  • Designed and implemented the parsing of a hymn database website
  • Worked with different types of XML files and published books on Amazon and iBook

Tutor Fall 2010 - Spring 2013

Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI

  • Courses: ‘Intro to Psychology,’ ‘Abnormal Psychology,’ ‘Intro to Programming,’ ‘Data Structures and Algorithms,’ ‘Music Theory I & II’ and ‘Music History II’