6 Jul 2020The Case Against Dashboards (when Visualizing a Pandemic)
The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has negatively impacted our lives in many ways. The anxiety felt by many is amplified by the obsessive consultation of the latest numbers and statistics about cases, testing rates, deaths, and so on. Both the public and experts have turned to data visualizations to understand what is going on, as data visualization is a powerful tool to discover and communicate trends and relationships. Government agencies, news organizations, and academic labs have published a plethora of graphs and dashboards tracking minute details, sometimes with deceiving precision.
6 Jul 2020Introducing the VDL Blog
As of today, the Visualization Design Lab has a blog!
19 Feb 2020Carolina Nobre Successfully Defends Dissertation
Carolina Nobre successfully defended her dissertation “Visualizing Multivariate Networks”. Congratulations also to Alexander Lex for his mentorship. Carolina will join Harvard University as a “Harvard Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow”.
15 Feb 2020Two now pilot projects for VDL
Two new pilot projects with VDL participation have been funded out of the 1U4U initiative.
Miriah Meyer is collaborating with Janet Iwasa and Jason Shepherd on a project to capture and communicate diverse biomedical hypothesis through visualization.
Alexander Lex is working with Thomas Zangle and Robert Judson-Torres on visualizing cancer cell growth response data based on quantitative phase imaging.
19 Oct 2019VDL at IEEE VIS!
VDL members are contributing in various ways to VIS in Vancouver this year.
13 Sep 2019Nina McCurdy Successfully Defends Dissertation
Nina McCurdy successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Action Design Research for Applied Visualization Design”. Congratulations also to Miriah Meyer for her great mentorship. Nina will join NASA’s Ames Research Center as a staff scientist.
4 Sep 2019Welcome to new PhD students and Software Engineers, Goodby to Others
We welcome three new PhD students and two software engineers to our Group.
- Derya Akbaba is a new PhD fellowship student joining us after spending a couple of years at Locus Analytics in New York City.
- Max Marno is a new PhD fellowship student who has spent his last two years as a GIS analyst in Breckenridge, CO..
- Cole Polychronis joins us as a PhD fellowship student after graduating from Westminster College.
- Kaleb Bickmore is a new full stack software engineer who will work on health-related projects.
- Jack Wilburn is a new full stack software engineer who will support the NSF MultiNet project.
31 May 2019VDL at EuroVis in Porto
Several VDL members will be at EuroVis in Porto. In addition to the PIs, Carolina Nobre and Samuel Quinan will be attending. Sam will present the full paper on implicit discretization in color maps (rainbows!), and Carolina will present the state of the art report on multivariate network visualization. Please join us for these talks or just say hi if you see us!
13 May 2019Alex Bigelow Successfully Defends Dissertation
Alex Bigelow successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Reflections, Models, and Software for Iterative Visualization Design”. Congratulations also to Miriah Meyer for her great mentorship. Alex has already moved on to a postdoctoral position with Kate Isaacs at the University of Arizona.
19 Oct 2018One Keynote, Four Papers, and Two Posters at VIS
VDL members are contributing in various ways to VIS in Berlin this year:
7 Oct 2018VDL Indoor Air Quality Research Featured in The Salt Lake Tribune
If you could see how chores impact your home’s air quality, you might do them differently! This piece is based on new research by VDL members Jimmy Moore, Pascal Goffin, Miriah Meyer, and the School of Computing’s Jason Wiese to help local families see the unseen with indoor air quality senors. The one article your child doesn’t want you to read!
10 Sep 2018VDL Receives NSF Award to Develop Multivariate Network Visualization Platform
Miriah Meyer and Alexander Lex, in collaboration with teams from Kitware, the University of Idaho, Knowedge Vis, Duke University, and the Carnegie Institution of Science, have received an award from NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to develop a web-based reproducible visual analysis platform for multivariate networks. We’re very excited about this project and about the prospect of working with this amazing team!
9 Sep 2018Welcome to new PhD students
We welcome three new PhD Students to our Group.
9 Aug 2018Ethan Kerzner successfully defends Dissertation
Ethan successfully defended his dissertation entitled “A Framework for Creative Visualization-Opportunities Workshops”. Congratulations also to Miriah Meyer for her great mentorship. Once the revisions are completed, Ethan will begin a job at Google X as a Data Visualization Engineer.
1 Aug 2018Three Papers Accepted at InfoVis'18
Three VDL papers were accepted at InfoVis. The topics range from creative visualization-opportunities workshops, to spanning-tree based graph visualization, to characterizing implicit errors in visualization.
23 Feb 2018New Seed Grant to Support Development of Genealogical Visualization Tool
Alexander Lex and Hilary Coon have received a $ 50,000 seed grant from the Utah Genome Project for developing Lineage, the visualization tool that helps researchers study clinical geneaolgies provided by the Utah Population Database. For details, see the project page.
21 Feb 2018Alexander Lex wins NSF CAREER grant
Alexander Lex has received $ 512,000 from the National Science Foundation for developing software that will capture the decision-making process of doctors and other researchers by using algorithms and human-computer interaction methods. For details, see the project page.
28 Sep 2017Heading to Phoenix, for IEEE Vis
Most of our group will be at VIS again; we’re especially excited for our first-timers Aspen Hopkins and Jen Rogers.
27 Jul 2017VDL at SIGGRAPH
Three VDL members will be at the 2017 SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles. If you see them, say hello and go check out Jennifer’s poster. We look forward to connecting with everyone at the conference!
24 Jul 2017Meyer presents BioVis Keynote
30 Mar 2017VDL at EuroVis
Two VDL members will be at the EG/VGTC EuroVis conference in Barcelona. Be sure to say hello, come to our talks, and we look forward to connecting with everyone at the conference!
25 Oct 2016VDL back at IEEE Vis
We’ll be back at IEEE VIS this time in Baltimore. Our students will be presenting multiple papers and also host a party together with other SCI members! Make sure to say hi, come to our talks and to the Party.
14 Oct 2015VDL at IEEE Vis
Members of VDL will be at IEEE VIS in Chicago. We will be presenting multiple papers and also host a party together with other SCI members! Make sure to say hi, come to our talks and to the Party.
19 Jun 2015Open PostDoc and PhD Student Position @ University of Utah
We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow and multiple PhD students to join the Vis Design Lab and the Caleydo Team at the University of Utah. Please get in touch with Alexander Lex at email@example.com.