I am an Assistant Professor and member of the founding faculty of the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and direct the CU VisuaLab. I also hold an appointment in the Department of Computer Science and am a Fellow in the Institute of Cognitive Science. My research sits at the intersection of information visualization, data science, and cognitive science.

Along with a team of fantastic students and collaborators, I look at the relationship between cognition and visualization design—how does visualization design enable people to better understand and engage with data? How can visualization support accurate analysis in the face of increasingly large datasets? How might visualization systems provide more accurate insights? Through this process, I develop interactive visualization systems, guidelines, and techniques for exploring large, complex data. This work has inspired collaborations across a variety of domains including genomics, bioinformatics, the humanities, biochemistry, and perceptual psychology.

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Sciences as part of the Visual Computing Lab under Prof. Michael Gleicher. I completed my B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Washington in 2009 as a NASA Space Grant Scholar and my M.S. in Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 as part of the joint UW-Department of Energy BACTER Institute. My broader research interests include graphics and visualization, human-computer interaction, color science, data mining, machine learning, and perceptual science.

If you're interested in a project, please reach out to me. Always happy to chat!

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 News & Updates

09.2016: Received an VGTC VGP Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention.

09.2016: Workshop paper on misconceptions of cognitive load in visualization accepted to C4PGV.

09.2016: Talked about how big data is reshaping visualization design at Big Data Bootcamp Denver.

06.2016: Workshop talk at HCIC on visualization design in the IoT era.

06.2016: Attended EuroVis 2016 to present our work on visualizing word usage patterns.

04.2016: Awarded an Innovative Seed Grant to explore mobile data collection and analysis using novel technologies.

04.2016: Will be speaking about visualization-aware color design next month at EuroVis.

04.2016: Excited to have been a part of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Colorado Event, honoring over 70 high school girls for their accomplishments in computing.

03.2016: Our paper (w. Stuffer, Sohail, & Gleicher) "TextDNA: Visualizing Word Usage Patterns with Configurable Colorfields" has been accepted for EuroVis 2016.

03.2016: Our work on ensemble coding for data visualization appeared in the Journal of Vision.

 Upcoming Travel

05.07-05.13: CHI
Denver, CO

05.18-05.25: VSS
St. Pete's Beach, FL

06.24-06.25: VSC
Park City, UT

06.25-06.29: HCIC
Watsonville, CA