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Chaomei Chen


Information Science

Dr. Chen's research interests include information visualization, visual analytics, scientific discovery theories, mapping scientific frontiers, quantitative studies of science, and digital libraries. His teaching interests include information visualization, visual analytics, human-computer interaction, programming, and other related topics.


  • PhD, Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK
  • MSc, Computation, University of Oxford, UK
  • BSc, Mathematics, NanKai University, China

Research/Teaching Interests

Information visualization, visual analytics, knowledge domain visualization, network analysis and modeling, scientific discovery, science mapping, scientometrics, citation analysis, human-computer interaction

Select Publications

  • Chen, C. (2014) The Fitness of Information: Quantitative Assessments of Critical Evidence. Wiley.
  • Chen, C., Leydesdorff, L. (2014) Patterns of connections and movements in dual-map overlays: A new method of publication portfolio analysis.Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 65(2), 334-351.
  • Chen, C. (2013) Mapping Scientific Frontiers: The Quest for Knowledge Visualization. 2nd Edition. Springer. ISBN: 978-1-4471-5127-2 (Print) 978-1-4471-5128-9 (Online)
  • Chen, C. (2012) Predictive effects of structural variation on citation counts. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(3), 431-449.
  • Chen, C., Chen, Y., Horowitz, M., Hou, H., Liu, Z., & Pellegrino, D. (2009). Towards an explanatory and computational theory of scientific discovery. Journal of Informetrics, 3(3), 191-209.
  • Chen, C. (2006) CiteSpace II: Detecting and visualizing emerging trends and transient patterns in scientific literature. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57(3), 359-377.
  • Chen, C. (2005) Top 10 unsolved information visualization problems.IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 25 (4), 12-16.
  • Chen, C. (2004) Searching for intellectual turning points: Progressive Knowledge Domain Visualization. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 101 (suppl.), 5303-5310.
  • Chen, C. (1999) Visualising semantic spaces and author co-citation networks in digital libraries. Information Processing and Management, 35 (2), 401-420.
  • Chen, C. and Rada, R. (1996) Interacting with hypertext: A meta-analysis of experimental studies. Human-Computer Interaction, 11 (2), 125-156.

Grant Awards

  • IMS Health, Project #1: Large-Scale Multidimensional Exploratory Data Visualization, PI. 1/1/13-12/31/13 $164,999.96
  • NSF IUCRC, Center for Visual Decision Informatics (CVDI) – Project 1: Social media for decision informatics with applications to emerging events, Drexel, PI. 7/1/12-6/31/13 $85,000 (Drexel: $32,000)
  • Pfizer Research, , Drug Discovery, PI. 10/25/2010-6/30/2013 $106,114
  • Drexel University , Jumpstart: Prescribing Behavior, Co-PI. 4/1/2012-3/31/2013 $50,000

Professional Activities & Associations

  • 2013 ISSI 2013 Vienna, Austria. July 15-19, 2013 PC Member
  • 2012 VDA 2012 IS&T/SPIE Co-Chair
  • 2012 17th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI), 5-8 September, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. PC Member
  • 2011 ISSI 2011 South Africa. July 4-8, 2011 PC Member
  • 2010 Incremental clustering and novelty detection techniques and their application to intelligent analysis of time varying information. June 28 - July 1, 2011. Syracuse, NY PC Member
  • 2010 VDA 2011 IS&T/SPIE Co-Chair