People

The Visualization and Graphics Lab is an informal group of faculty and students that meet regularly to discuss and work on research in the data visualization and graphics fields. If you are interested in joining our group, please contact us or stop by one of our regular meetings.

Faculty

Sophie Engle

sjengle.cs.usfca.edu @sjengle sjengle@cs.usfca.edu

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of San Francisco

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.

Alark Joshi

cs.usfca.edu/~apjoshi @alark apjoshi@usfca.edu

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of San Francisco

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.

Scott Murray

alignedleft.com @alignedleft shmurray@usfca.edu

Assistant Professor, Department of Art + Architecture, University of San Francisco

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.

Students

The following are current students that are working on research as part of this lab either through paid research positions or coursework. We many more students actively participating in lab discussions or that have already graduated.

Helen Chen

hhchen@usfca.edu

Undergraduate, Computer Science Major, University of San Francisco

Helen Chen is currently a second bachelor's student in Computer Science at USF. She received her first bachelor's degree in Economics and has spent six years working extensively with data in the retail sector as an inventory planner. She also spent one year teaching middle school students, where she developed a strong appreciation for data-driven instruction. As a consumer of data through her seven years of work experiences, she is particularly interested in seeing how data visualization can help drive better decision making.

Casey Haber

cahaber@dons.usfca.edu

Undergraduate, Computer Science Major, University of San Francisco

Casey Haber was originally a Design major before switching to Computer Science. He is highly interested in the interactions between everyday people, nature and technology. Casey loves art, code and the process of creative exploration. He intends to employ my studies to create innovative methods for exploring creativity and education inside the realm of technology.

See "Do Defaults Matter? Evaluating the Effect of Defaults on User Preference for Multi-Class Scatterplots" in our Papers section for an example of Casey's research.

Lyndon Ong Yiu

lcongyiu@dons.usfca.edu

Undergraduate, Computer Science Major, University of San Francisco

Lyndon is currently majoring in Computer Science at USF. Over the last few years, CS has become a passion of his due to a lifelong adoration of puzzle-solving and spending embarassing amounts of time inside on his computer. Lyndon is particularly interested in music software and data visualization.

See "Do Defaults Matter? Evaluating the Effect of Defaults on User Preference for Multi-Class Scatterplots" in our Papers section for an example of Lyndon's research.

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