We are a team of visualization researchers at the University of Utah. Our interests include the process of designing and developing visualizations, visualization for biology, visualization frameworks, and, more generally, visualization of big, heterogeneous, and complex datasets.

VDL is part of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute and the School of Computing.

Blog And News

Blog Post: Loon – Finding the Right Cancer Drug with Microscopy and Visualization OR How to use Exemplars to Effectively Browse Large Complex Data Sources 27 Apr 2022
In this blog post, we want to tell two stories: First, we want to explore how visualization can be used to select cancer treatments. And second, we want to tell a more technical story of how you can use exemplars to deal with large datasets that you can’t easily summarize.

Overview of Loon interface that includes linked multi-view visualizations with various charts and images of cancer cells.
Blog Post: Wait... I never signed up to be an economist 8 Dec 2021
Conducting user studies to evaluate visualizations is a popular approach for evaluation. During the pandemic such user studies have migrated to crowdsourced platforms due to restrictions on in-person studies. Do we pay the participants in our studies fairly? Is it our job to do so? Our panel at IEEE VIS 2021, explored the above questions and many more.

A red rectangle with title of the blog in the center and four questions in each corner.
News: Jimmy Moore Successfully Defends Dissertation 25 Nov 2021
Congratulations to Jimmy!

Screenshot of Jimmy's defense on zoom with committee and guests attending

Jimmy Moore successfully defended his dissertation “The Personal Informatics Analysis Gap”. Congratulations also to Miriah Meyer and Jason Wiese, who co-advised Jimmy, for their mentorship.

News: VDL at IEEE VIS 2021! 25 Oct 2021
We’re very excited about contributing to IEEE VIS again this year. Here’s a summary of the VDL activity.

Collage of VDL Contributions


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