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


08.2017: I was quoted by the Native Advertising Institute, Why Visuals are the Most Important Thing in Brand Storytelling.

07.2017: Our Visualization Meets Vision Science panel (w. co-organizers C. Nothelfer, Z. Bylinskii, M. Elliott, and C. Xiong) was accepted to VIS 2017.

07.2017: Modeling Color Difference for Design was accepted to VIS 2017 and won the Best Paper Award.

07.2017: Designing for Depth Perceptions in Augmented Reality (w. C. Diaz, M. Walker, and D. Szafir) accepted to ISMAR 2017.

06.2017: Becoming Butterflies: Interactive Embodiment of the Butterfly Lifecycle (w. A. Kelly, M. Whilock, B. Nickoloff, A. Lam, and S. Voida) was accepted to the UbiComp posters track.

05.2017: Spoke about visualization and vision science at the Vision x Vis Meet-Up at VSS 2017.

05.2017: Presented The Effects of Size and Shape on Color Perception at VSS 2017.

05.2017: Awarded an AF-SMC Grant (w. PI N. Ahmed) to support collaborative analyst-machine data fusion.

04.2017: Awarded an NSF CRII Grant to study color perception and design practice in visualization.

04.2017: Content Analysis of Zika Related Tweets accepted to APHA 2017.

02.2017: The Effects of Size and Shape on Color Perception accepted to VSS 2017.

 Upcoming Travel


10.01-10.6: IEEE VIS
Phoenix, AZ