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We are hiring

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We are looking to add a new visualization-focused faculty member in IC this academic year. Job Ad

VIS 21 Participation

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The GT Visualization Lab contributes to the VIS conference this year in a number of ways. This includes 5 papers, 2 short papers, 3 posters, 2 keynote presentations, and 1 panel discussion participation.

Recent Grads

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Congratulations to our recent PhD graduates Arjun Srinivasan, John Thompson, and Po-Ming (Terrance) Law. They are moving on to Tableau, Microsoft Research, and Epsilon, respectively.

New EuroVis papers

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The Vis Group contributed to EuroVis 2021, including serving on the Program Committee and publishing a new paper. The STAR report describes the results of a structured literature review that examines how user-centered evaluations of XAI tools can be categorized.

Haekyu Park wins JPMorgan Chase AI Research Ph.D. Fellowship

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Haekyu's human-centered approach increases machine learning interpretability for the financial tech sector with a newly awarded 2021 JPMorgan Chase AI Research Ph.D. Fellowship.

Clio awarded NSF CAREER award


This project will advance the quantiative study of interpersonal relationships and connectivity in geographic space, with an emphasis on best practices for spatial modeling, visualization, representation, software and exploratory spatial data analysis. We look forward to sharing our new data repository, R Code and visuals with the public so that social network researchers and mappers can learn how to combind SNs and GIS! The associated images are from Andris and colleages' paper on spatial social network analysis of mentorship ties from Big Brothers Big sisters.

New VIS papers

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VIS Group members contributed to IEEE VIS 2020 through co-organizing workshops, serving on the organizing and program committees, and publishing new papers.

Strong Showing at VIS ’19 in Vancouver

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GT Visualization researchers had multiple papers, posters, and organizational roles at the IEEE VIS 2019 meeting in Vancouver, Canada in October. Overall, we were part of six full papers, five short papers, three workshops, and a tutorial. Prof. Alex Endert served as Co-General Chair for the meeting, and Prof. John Stasko was inducted into the initial class of the Visualization Academy. To learn more about the specifics of their contributions, please see the press release about involvement.

Prof. Clio Andris joins the VIS group

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Assistant Professor Clio Andris joined Georgia Tech this fall and holds a joint appointment between the Schools of City and Regional Planning and Interactive Computing. Dr. Andris comes to us from Penn State University where she served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. She founded and directed the Friendly Cities Lab and conducts research in the areas of spatial networks and social flow theory. She brings added expertise in the area of geovisualization to the VIS group.

Arjun wins dissertation award

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Arjun Srinivasan won the IEEE VGTC Award for the top Visualization-related PhD Dissertation of the past year for his work on multimodal interfaces to visualization systems.

COVID-19 research awarded CDC contract

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The Center for Disease Control has awarded a $300,000 contract to Georgia Tech to help study human behavior and interaction with the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool, a mapping tool that allows users to assess the risk associated with attending events of different sizes. The team will be working with psychology resarchers at Duke University to measure how access to information changes behavioral response to attending events in the midst of COVID-19.

New CHI papers

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VIS Group researchers contributed three full papers at CHI '21 on topics such as animated visualizations, natural language specifications of visualizations, and causal perception in Q&A systems.

POInt Research Symposium

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The POInt Research Symposium was a hit. It drew 50 participants from across the world in a virtual setting to discuss the future of spatial data that represents points of interest. There were 13 speakers, including four Tech graduate students. The discussion session pointed to a clear need for more data/analysis on how POI usage, and how communities can map and make good use of these data. A special issue on Social Infrastructure in the journal of Computational Urban Science will invite papers on this topic.

Stasko interim chair for IC

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In March 2021, John became the Interim School Chair for the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing. John will lead IC while it undertakes the search process for a new full-time chair.

Recent Grads

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VIS Group students Emily Wall, Bahador Saket, Fred Hohman, Hannah Kim, and Subhajit Das graduated! Congrats to them and to the next phase in their careers at Emory University, Mathworks, Apple, Megagon Labs, and 3M, respectively!

Welcome to new PhD students

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Welcome Adam Coscia and Yu Fu, who joined the Vis Group in Fall 2020! They are both pursuing their PhD in Human-Centered Computing.

Welcome to new PhD students

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Three new PhD students — Grace Guo, Arpit Narechania, and Shenyu Xu — have joined the VIS Group this fall. We look forward to getting to know them better and to all the great work they’ll be doing in the future.

Distinguished VIS Lecture Spring 2019

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In April, Alberto Cairo from the University of Miami visited and talked about his work. Alberto discussed how people often misinterpret visualizations, and what we can do to help this and to create better visualizations in general. Alberto spent the day with us in the GT Vis Lab, and also was the external member of John Thompson’s PhD thesis proposal committee. For more details about his talk, see the news release about it.

We are hiring

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We are looking to add a new visualization-focused faculty member in IC this academic year. Job Ad

Arjun wins dissertation award

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Arjun Srinivasan won the IEEE VGTC Award for the top Visualization-related PhD Dissertation of the past year for his work on multimodal interfaces to visualization systems.

VIS 21 Participation

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The GT Visualization Lab contributes to the VIS conference this year in a number of ways. This includes 5 papers, 2 short papers, 3 posters, 2 keynote presentations, and 1 panel discussion participation.

COVID-19 research awarded CDC contract

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The Center for Disease Control has awarded a $300,000 contract to Georgia Tech to help study human behavior and interaction with the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool, a mapping tool that allows users to assess the risk associated with attending events of different sizes. The team will be working with psychology resarchers at Duke University to measure how access to information changes behavioral response to attending events in the midst of COVID-19.

Recent Grads

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Congratulations to our recent PhD graduates Arjun Srinivasan, John Thompson, and Po-Ming (Terrance) Law. They are moving on to Tableau, Microsoft Research, and Epsilon, respectively.

New CHI papers

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VIS Group researchers contributed three full papers at CHI '21 on topics such as animated visualizations, natural language specifications of visualizations, and causal perception in Q&A systems.

New EuroVis papers

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The Vis Group contributed to EuroVis 2021, including serving on the Program Committee and publishing a new paper. The STAR report describes the results of a structured literature review that examines how user-centered evaluations of XAI tools can be categorized.

POInt Research Symposium

Picture of /assets/images/news/poi-research-symposium.png

The POInt Research Symposium was a hit. It drew 50 participants from across the world in a virtual setting to discuss the future of spatial data that represents points of interest. There were 13 speakers, including four Tech graduate students. The discussion session pointed to a clear need for more data/analysis on how POI usage, and how communities can map and make good use of these data. A special issue on Social Infrastructure in the journal of Computational Urban Science will invite papers on this topic.

Haekyu Park wins JPMorgan Chase AI Research Ph.D. Fellowship

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Haekyu's human-centered approach increases machine learning interpretability for the financial tech sector with a newly awarded 2021 JPMorgan Chase AI Research Ph.D. Fellowship.

Stasko interim chair for IC

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In March 2021, John became the Interim School Chair for the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing. John will lead IC while it undertakes the search process for a new full-time chair.

Clio awarded NSF CAREER award


This project will advance the quantiative study of interpersonal relationships and connectivity in geographic space, with an emphasis on best practices for spatial modeling, visualization, representation, software and exploratory spatial data analysis. We look forward to sharing our new data repository, R Code and visuals with the public so that social network researchers and mappers can learn how to combind SNs and GIS! The associated images are from Andris and colleages' paper on spatial social network analysis of mentorship ties from Big Brothers Big sisters.

Recent Grads

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VIS Group students Emily Wall, Bahador Saket, Fred Hohman, Hannah Kim, and Subhajit Das graduated! Congrats to them and to the next phase in their careers at Emory University, Mathworks, Apple, Megagon Labs, and 3M, respectively!

New VIS papers

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VIS Group members contributed to IEEE VIS 2020 through co-organizing workshops, serving on the organizing and program committees, and publishing new papers.

Welcome to new PhD students

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Welcome Adam Coscia and Yu Fu, who joined the Vis Group in Fall 2020! They are both pursuing their PhD in Human-Centered Computing.

Strong Showing at VIS ’19 in Vancouver

Picture of /assets/images/news/2019_vis_group_photo.png

GT Visualization researchers had multiple papers, posters, and organizational roles at the IEEE VIS 2019 meeting in Vancouver, Canada in October. Overall, we were part of six full papers, five short papers, three workshops, and a tutorial. Prof. Alex Endert served as Co-General Chair for the meeting, and Prof. John Stasko was inducted into the initial class of the Visualization Academy. To learn more about the specifics of their contributions, please see the press release about involvement.

Welcome to new PhD students

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Three new PhD students — Grace Guo, Arpit Narechania, and Shenyu Xu — have joined the VIS Group this fall. We look forward to getting to know them better and to all the great work they’ll be doing in the future.

Prof. Clio Andris joins the VIS group

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Assistant Professor Clio Andris joined Georgia Tech this fall and holds a joint appointment between the Schools of City and Regional Planning and Interactive Computing. Dr. Andris comes to us from Penn State University where she served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. She founded and directed the Friendly Cities Lab and conducts research in the areas of spatial networks and social flow theory. She brings added expertise in the area of geovisualization to the VIS group.

Distinguished VIS Lecture Spring 2019

Picture of /assets/images/news/distinguished_lecture_albertocairo.png

In April, Alberto Cairo from the University of Miami visited and talked about his work. Alberto discussed how people often misinterpret visualizations, and what we can do to help this and to create better visualizations in general. Alberto spent the day with us in the GT Vis Lab, and also was the external member of John Thompson’s PhD thesis proposal committee. For more details about his talk, see the news release about it.