I was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1986. My first school was Assumption College in Bangkok where I spent eleven memorable years. During high school, I was included in the Special Project for Outstanding Student (SPS), which allowed me to finish high school within two instead of three years.
To follow my interest in computer and technology, I went to Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. During my four years at Chulalongkorn University, I was involved in many activities and competitions. In my sophomore year, I won the DTAC & Nokia iAwards, a national mobile software competition. In my junior and senior years, I was a member of Plasma-Z, a robot soccer team that won the RoboCup Thailand Championship and continued to the world stage by winning the third place from World Robocup 2006 in Bremen, Germany.
After I received my Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering (with first-class honor) from Chulalongkorn University in 2007, I came to the U.S. to continue my study. I earned my Master degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009. I decide to continue for a PhD and spent most of my time at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.
Under the great supervision of Dr. Ben Shneiderman and Dr. Catherine Plaisant, I finally received my PhD in Computer Science from the same school in 2012. My PhD dissertation is titled "Interactive Exploration of Temporal Event Sequences". I have developed novel approaches to visualize and search for event sequences. After graduation, I join Twitter as a Data Visualization Scientist to make sense of one of the most fascinating datasets in the world.
Greg Harrington Award for Excellence in Visualization Research from the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB)
2nd Runner-Up in World RoboCup 2006 Bremen
Winner of RoboCup Thailand Championship 2006
Thailand Representative in World RoboCup 2005 Osaka
Winner of "Information" Awards in DTAC&Nokia iAwards
Winner of "Webroon.com" Contest held by CS Internet
- Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)
- Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
- Information Technology Engineers Examinations (ITEE)
- Many people are frustrated by my long last name. The correct pronunciation is "Wong-su-pa-sa-wat". (The "h" in "pha" is silent.)
- Thai people are not from Taiwan. People from Taiwan are called Taiwanese.