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Dr ZhiMin Xiao

Dr ZhiMin Xiao

Lecturer in Educational Data Science

 4733

 +44 (0) 1392 724733

 Baring Court BC207

 

Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

 Office hours:

Please email to make an appointment.

Overview

I joined the University of Exeter in 2018 as a Lecturer in Educational Data Science. With a teaching interest in data science education and research interests in causal machine learning and algorithm aversion/appreciation, I look back on the past in order to look better into the future. This means I examine both qualitative and quantitative data generated in the past, identify patterns, derive insights, make (particularly counterfactual) predictions, so as to produce richer understandings of the past and/or inform better decision-making for the future.

Prospective PhD candidates interested in any of the following topics are welcome to get in touch:

  • Digital Education
  • Educational Data Science
  • Evidence-Informed Policy
  • Individualised Treatment Effect
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT)

CRPL Research Methods Seminar Series

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning of the GSE is organising a research methods seminar series, which takes place on Thursday mornings twice a month during term time. We invite both Exeter and external PGR students and early career academics to present their research to our PGR and the wider research community. The seminars focus primarily on research designs and methods employed, but speakers will share some of their major findings/arguments when they are available.

Below is a list of confirmed speakers:

November 19th 2020 (Norah Alosayl, Exeter)

December 3rd 2020 (Angela Short, Exeter)

December 17th 2020 (10 AM: Kitty Parker, Exeter)

December 17th 2020 (4 PM: Joe Brassington)

January 14th 2021 (Lydia Speyer, Edinburgh)

January 28th 2021 (Ben Weidmann, Harvard)

February 11th 2021 (Vicky Yiran Zhao, Cambridge)

March 11th 2021 (Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui, Sheffield)

March 25th 2021 (Alison Pearson, Exeter)

April 8th 2021 (Richard Cocks D’Souza, Exeter)

April 22nd 2021 (Janice - Hoang Huong, Exeter)

We are likely to make small adjustments as we progress, but we will keep you informed of any changes. Please get in touch with Dr ZhiMin Xiao (z.m.xiao@exeter.ac.uk) for a Zoom link to join the seminar series, or should you have any queries about the seminar series.

 

Career

Research Data Scientist, Durham University, 2015 - 2018

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Research group links

Research

Research interests

My research interests are primarily in evidence generation, synthesis, and communication for better decision-making. I collaborate with colleagues from multiple disciplines and institutions in order to solve some methodological challenges associated with the evaluation of policy interventions, for instance, evidence that is non-actionable and unintended consequences of randomisation as a result of people being randomly allocated to a treatment arm that might be sub-optimal, if not harmful, to them.

Tapping into recent development in machine learning, I have been working on predictive and personalised approaches to evidence, particularly, individualised treatment effect using experimental, observational, longitudinal, and simulated data. Understanding that what we observe right in front of our eyes is often ethnographically invisible, I employ mixed methods in my research and draw on inspirations from medical anthropology.

Research grants

  • 2020 Exeter University
    Machine learning to identify who benefits in policy trials, together with Professor Mihaela van der Schaar at the University of Cambridge and Dr Dmitry Kangin of IDSAI, the University of Exeter.
  • 2019 Exeter University
    SSIS strategic discretionary research fund to estimate individualised treatment effect for randomised controlled trials using conventional regression models and machine learning algorithms.
  • 2019 Exeter University
    With Katherin Barg and Lauren Stentiford: A scoping project to automatically extract data from recorded lectures at the University of Exeter.
  • 2019 HEFCE
    Data Science Education.
  • 2019 National Institute for Health Research
    With Obioha Ukoumunne and Michael Nunns from the Medical School: Cluster randomised trials and child psychiatric epidemiology studentship for three years at UK/EU level.

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Xiao Z, Higgins S (In Press). Of Young People and Internet Cafés. Frontiers in Psychology
Xiao Z, Henley W, Boyle C, Gao Y, Dillon J (In Press). The Face Mask and the Embodiment of Stigma.  Abstract.
Xiao Z, Hauser OP, Kirkwood C, Li DZ, Jones B, Higgins S (In Press). Uncovering Individualised Treatment Effect: Evidence from Educational Trials.  Abstract.
Parker K, Nunns M, Xiao Z, Ford T, Ukoumunne O (2021). Characteristics and practices of school-based cluster randomised controlled trials for improving health outcomes in pupils in the UK: a systematic review protocols. BMJ Open, 11 Full text.
Jiang X, Xiao Z, Hetherington L (2021). The wellbeing-threatening acculturative stressors of Chinese international students in the UK and coping strategies: a systematic review. PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews
Uwimpuhwe G, Singh A, Higgins S, Coux M, Xiao Z, Shkedy Z, Kasim A (2020). Latent Class Evaluation in Educational Trials: What Percentage of Children Benefits from an Intervention?. The Journal of Experimental Education, 1-15. Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Xiao Z, Higgins S (In Press). Of Young People and Internet Cafés. Frontiers in Psychology
Xiao Z, Henley W, Boyle C, Gao Y, Dillon J (In Press). The Face Mask and the Embodiment of Stigma.  Abstract.
Xiao Z, Hauser OP, Kirkwood C, Li DZ, Jones B, Higgins S (In Press). Uncovering Individualised Treatment Effect: Evidence from Educational Trials.  Abstract.
Parker K, Nunns M, Xiao Z, Ford T, Ukoumunne O (2021). Characteristics and practices of school-based cluster randomised controlled trials for improving health outcomes in pupils in the UK: a systematic review protocols. BMJ Open, 11 Full text.
Jiang X, Xiao Z, Hetherington L (2021). The wellbeing-threatening acculturative stressors of Chinese international students in the UK and coping strategies: a systematic review. PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews
Parker K, Eddy S, Nunns M, Xiao Z, Ford T, Eldridge S, Ukoumunne O (2020). Characteristics of school-based feasibility studies with a cluster randomised trial design: a systematic review. PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews
Uwimpuhwe G, Singh A, Higgins S, Coux M, Xiao Z, Shkedy Z, Kasim A (2020). Latent Class Evaluation in Educational Trials: What Percentage of Children Benefits from an Intervention?. The Journal of Experimental Education, 1-15. Full text.
Parker K, Nunns M, Xiao Z, Ford T, Ukoumunne OC (2020). Systematic review of the characteristics, design and analysis methods of school-based cluster randomised controlled trials for improving health outcomes in pupils in the UK. PROSPERO
Xiao ZM (2020). ‘You Are Too Out!’: a mixed methods study of the ways in which digital divides articulate status and power in China. Information Development, 36(2), 257-270. Abstract.  Full text.
Xiao Z (2019). Mobile phones as life and thought companions. Research Papers in Education, 35(5), 511-528. Full text.
Xiao Z, Higgins S (2018). The power of noise and the art of prediction. International Journal of Educational Research, 87, 36-46. Full text.
Xiao Z, Higgins S, Kasim A (2017). An Empirical Unraveling of Lord's Paradox. The Journal of Experimental Education, 87(1), 17-32. Full text.
Xiao Z, Kasim A, Higgins S (2016). Same difference? Understanding variation in the estimation of effect sizes from educational trials. International Journal of Educational Research, 77, 1-14. Abstract.  Full text.

Chapters

Xiao Z, Higgins S (2014). When English Meets Chinese in Tibetan Schools: Towards an Understanding of Multilingual Education in Tibet. In Feng A, Adamson B (Eds.) Trilingualism in Education in China: Models and Challenges, Dordrecht: Springer, 117-140.  Abstract.  Author URL.

Reports

Uwimpuhwe G, Singh A, Higgings S, Xiao Z, De Troyer E, Kasim A (2020). eefAnalytics: Robust Analytical Methods for Evaluating Educational Interventions using Randomised Controlled Trials Designs., CRAN. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Hutton C, Lukes S, Abdulkader MS, Choudhury R, Gulaid A, Sadia S, Xiao Z, Zere A (2015). Trusting the dice: immigration advice in Tower Hamlets., Toynbee Hall. Author URL.
Higgins S, Xiao Z, Katsipataki M (2012). The impact of digital technology on learning: a summary for the Education Endowment Foundation., Education Endowment Foundation. Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Xiao Z, Higgins S (In Press). Of Young People and Internet Cafés. Frontiers in Psychology
Xiao Z, Henley W, Boyle C, Gao Y, Dillon J (In Press). The Face Mask and the Embodiment of Stigma.  Abstract.
Xiao Z, Hauser OP, Kirkwood C, Li DZ, Jones B, Higgins S (In Press). Uncovering Individualised Treatment Effect: Evidence from Educational Trials.  Abstract.

2021

Parker K, Nunns M, Xiao Z, Ford T, Ukoumunne O (2021). Characteristics and practices of school-based cluster randomised controlled trials for improving health outcomes in pupils in the UK: a systematic review protocols. BMJ Open, 11 Full text.
Jiang X, Xiao Z, Hetherington L (2021). The wellbeing-threatening acculturative stressors of Chinese international students in the UK and coping strategies: a systematic review. PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews

2020

Parker K, Eddy S, Nunns M, Xiao Z, Ford T, Eldridge S, Ukoumunne O (2020). Characteristics of school-based feasibility studies with a cluster randomised trial design: a systematic review. PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews
Uwimpuhwe G, Singh A, Higgins S, Coux M, Xiao Z, Shkedy Z, Kasim A (2020). Latent Class Evaluation in Educational Trials: What Percentage of Children Benefits from an Intervention?. The Journal of Experimental Education, 1-15. Full text.
Parker K, Nunns M, Xiao Z, Ford T, Ukoumunne OC (2020). Systematic review of the characteristics, design and analysis methods of school-based cluster randomised controlled trials for improving health outcomes in pupils in the UK. PROSPERO
Uwimpuhwe G, Singh A, Higgings S, Xiao Z, De Troyer E, Kasim A (2020). eefAnalytics: Robust Analytical Methods for Evaluating Educational Interventions using Randomised Controlled Trials Designs., CRAN. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Xiao ZM (2020). ‘You Are Too Out!’: a mixed methods study of the ways in which digital divides articulate status and power in China. Information Development, 36(2), 257-270. Abstract.  Full text.

2019

Xiao Z (2019). Mobile phones as life and thought companions. Research Papers in Education, 35(5), 511-528. Full text.

2018

Xiao Z, Higgins S (2018). The power of noise and the art of prediction. International Journal of Educational Research, 87, 36-46. Full text.

2017

Xiao Z, Higgins S, Kasim A (2017). An Empirical Unraveling of Lord's Paradox. The Journal of Experimental Education, 87(1), 17-32. Full text.

2016

Xiao Z, Kasim A, Higgins S (2016). Same difference? Understanding variation in the estimation of effect sizes from educational trials. International Journal of Educational Research, 77, 1-14. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Hutton C, Lukes S, Abdulkader MS, Choudhury R, Gulaid A, Sadia S, Xiao Z, Zere A (2015). Trusting the dice: immigration advice in Tower Hamlets., Toynbee Hall. Author URL.

2014

Xiao Z, Higgins S (2014). When English Meets Chinese in Tibetan Schools: Towards an Understanding of Multilingual Education in Tibet. In Feng A, Adamson B (Eds.) Trilingualism in Education in China: Models and Challenges, Dordrecht: Springer, 117-140.  Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Higgins S, Xiao Z, Katsipataki M (2012). The impact of digital technology on learning: a summary for the Education Endowment Foundation., Education Endowment Foundation. Author URL.

Refresh publications

External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Emerging Applications Section of the Royal Statistical Society: Committee member.


Invited lectures

Causal Inference: A Quest for Better Evidence in Education. University of Glasgow, November 12th, 2020.

Non-Intervention Research Designs and Analysis, Educational Psychology, University of Exeter, November 5th, 2020.

Causal Inference in Education: Average or Individualised Treatment Effect? Data Crunch Meeting, Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (EGENIS), May 18th, 2020.

Uncovering Individualised Treatment Effect: Evidence from Educational Trials, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Bath, April 28th, 2020.

The case against perfection in the mean: Why it is time for an individualised approach to evidence for education (Q-Step Centre, University of Exeter), November 8th, 2019.

The Case Against Perfection in the Mean: From Average to Individualised Treatment Effect in Randomised Controlled Trials for Education (Royal Statistical Society), September 23rd, 2019.

Pupil Advantage Index as an Alternative to Subgroup Analysis in RCTs for Education (Royal Statistical Society South West Local Group), February 13th, 2019.

 


Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Editorial board member of Research in Science and Technological Education

Associate Editor for the Digital Impacts Section of Frontiers in Human Dynamics

Reviewer for the Education Endowment Foundation

Reviewed for the following journals:

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Healthcare

Studies in Science Education

Research Papers in Education

International Journal of Science Education

 

Teaching

Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Amal Alammar
  • Abdallah Alharbi
  • Thana Aljumaah
  • Norah Alosayl
  • Layla Mansour M Alsughayyer
  • Lyndsey Carmichael
  • Tanya Day Clark
  • Xiaoming Jiang
  • Yue Ma
  • Kitty Parker (Health Statistics, College of Medicine and Health)
  • Angela Short
  • Julio Cesar Torres Rocha
  • Halime Tosun
  • Yiwen Wang

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