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, visual data mining, interactive 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

11.2017: Named to the Forbes 30-Under-30 Class of 2018 for Science.

11.2017: "Modeling Color Difference for Design" and the Vis Meets Vision Panel (w. Nothelfer, Bylinskii, Elliott, Xiong, Rensink, Schloss, Franconeri, & Rosenholtz) were featured in the DataStories IEEE VIS Recap.

10.2017: Featured in the inaugural EagerEyes Portrait Series by Robert Kosara.

09.2017: Characteristics of Zika Behavior Discourse on Twitter (w. Daughton, Pruss, Arnot, & Paul) accepted to the AMIA Workshop on Social Media Mining for Health Applications.

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

 Upcoming Travel

1.23-1.25: NAS Workshop
Washington, D.C.

4.15-4.20: Visualization of Biological Data
Wadern, Germany

5.18-5.23: VSS
St. Pete's Beach, FL