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 and the ATLAS Institute. 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? How can visualizations leverage immersive technologies to bridge spatial and temporal gaps in analysis? 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

4.2018: Spoke on scaling genomic visualization at Visualizing Biological Data: Crossroads.

3.2018: Vision and Visualization: Inspiring Novel Research Directions in Vision Science Symposium (w. Nothelfer, Bylinski, Elliott, & Xiong) accepted to VSS.

2.2018: Design Factors for Summary Visualization in Visual Analytics (w. Sarikaya & Gleicher) accepted to EuroVis.

1.2018: Spoke at the Learning from the Science of Cognition and Perception Decadal Workshop at the National Academy of Sciences.

1.2018: Interacting with Distant Objects in Augmented Reality (w. Whitlock, Hanner, Kane, & Brubaker) accepted to IEEE VR.

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

 Upcoming Travel

5.18-5.24: VSS
St. Pete's Beach, FL

6.15-6.17: BIRS
Banff, Alberta

6.24-6.28: HCIC
Watsonville, CA