About DVSS

The Data Visualization Speaker Series (DVSS) was established in Spring 2014 as an interdisciplinary effort by professors Scott Murray in Design and Alark Joshi and Sophie Engle in Computer Science. Events in this series are open to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni of USF and are open to the public.


DVSS is organized by the Visualization and Graphics Lab in the College of Arts and Sciences. This group includes faculty both from the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Art & Architecture.

Alark Joshi
Alark Joshi works on data visualization projects for improved neurosurgical planning and treatment. His research focuses on developing and evaluating the ability of novel visualization techniques to communicate information for effective decision making and discovery. His work has led to novel visualization techniques in fields as diverse as computational fluid dynamics, atmospheric physics, medical imaging and cell biology. Alark received his PhD from the University of Maryland, was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, and most recently a professor at Boise State University.

Sophie Engle
Sophie Engle works on a variety of projects including data visualization, computer security, and computer science education. Sophie received her PhD from the University of California, Davis where she worked on vulnerability analysis, electronic voting, and models of security policy and insider threat.

Scott Murray
Scott Murray is a code artist who writes software to create data visualizations and other interactive phenomena. His work incorporates elements of interaction design, systems design, and generative art. Scott is a contributor to Processing, and author of "Interactive Data Visualization for the Web: An Introduction to Designing with D3" (O‘Reilly, 2013). Scott earned an AB in Environmental Theory from Vassar College, and he received his MFA in Dynamic Media Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has exhibited installations in San Francisco and Boston and taught workshops on creative coding. He is now in the Learning Group at O'Reilly Media. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor of Design at USF.


Events are announced to the USF community through campus emails and the events calendar, and to the public through the Data Visualization Group in the Bay Area meetup. We ask that all non-USF affiliated individuals register through the meetup group to ensure we have enough space.


This speaker series is generously supported by the Office of the Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco. Thanks to this sponsorship, we are able to cover the costs of renting event space, audio/visual equipment and video recording, food and drink, honorariums, and poster design for event promotion.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? We offer several benefits such as advertisement opportunities, the ability to have a table at the event, and more. Email datavis@usfca.edu for details!