Meet Xiaoyan Bai

Xiaoyan Bai completed her PhD in Information Systems. She now works as a Business Intelligence Consultant at Genesis Energy.


“When I first came to this country from China, I knew the University of Auckland was ranked highest in New Zealand, so I didn’t consider going anywhere else.  

“Before my PhD, I completed a Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Commerce. I came across some really outstanding lecturers and completed projects that allowed me to learn a lot of practical tools and skills, which laid the foundation for further postgraduate study. When I met my main supervisor, I started a new learning journey.

“As an undergraduate when you are thrown a question there is always an answer. A key difference about studying at postgraduate level is that all the questions are new – you come across issues that haven’t been addressed or haven’t been touched at all, and that was really exciting to me.

“For my PhD I designed and implemented purposeful visualisation systems that can be used to create purpose-driven, context-sensitive, stakeholder-relevant, adaptive visualiations. My research helps people turn their data into visual stories that inform, engage, enchant and empower, and eventually achieve better support for decision making.


Learn more about the PhD programme.