I am a sixth year PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Visual Computing Lab in the Department of Computer Sciences advised by Prof. Michael Gleicher. I received a BS in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in 2009 as part of the NASA Space Grant program and a MS in Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 as part of the Department of Energy-sponsored BACTER Institute for Computational Biology and Energy Research. My research interests include graphics and visualization, human-computer interaction, computer vision and machine learning, and perceptual science.

My current work focuses on how understanding perception in everyday viewing can inform effective visual communication. I specifically explore visualization techniques for comparing large-scale, complex data with a special focus on enhancing the scalability and interpretability of visual displays. I've worked with collaborators across a variety of domains including genomics, bioinformatics, English, biochemistry, and perceptual psychology.

I am also interested in building broader collaborative networks that bridge digital practitioners and domain researchers. I run the Visualization Reading Group and am a co-coordinator and founding member of the Digital Humanities Research Network. Both efforts aim to create a sustained dialog between diverse groups of researchers across the University campus.

Outside of work, I play hockey, volleyball, and golf and enjoy rock climbing, hiking, art history, and spending time with my husband (Dan Szafir) and our two cats. Dan and I are on the job market this year. Feel free to look at my CV, research, and teaching pages for more information.



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News & Updates


10.2014: Received Honorable Mention at the McPherson Eye Research Institute Best Student Presentation Competition for my work in lightness constancy for surface visualization.

10.2014: Gave a talk on perception and visualization at the McPherson Eye Institute's "MERI at a Glance" Symposium.

09.2014: "Navigating Reductionism and Holism in Evaluation" (w. Correll, Alexander, Sarikaya, and Gleicher) accepted to the 2014 BELIV workshop.

09.2014: Inaugural DHRN workshop meeting.

07.2014: Two papers accepted to the CIC22: "Adapting Color Difference for Design" (w. Stone and Gleicher), and "An Engineering Model for Color Discriminability as a Function of Size" (w. Stone and Setlur).

05.14: Presented "Ensemble Processing of Color and Shape: Beyond Mean Judgments" (w. Correll, Gleicher, and Franconeri) at VSS 2014.

05.2014: Received A.W. Mellon Workshop grant to start the Digital Humanities Research Network (w. DeRose, Steenson, Alexander, Armstrong, Burkert, Easter, Stommel, and Vareschi).

04.2014: Presented "Task-Driven Evaluation of Aggregation in Time Series Visualization" (w. Correll and Gleicher) at CHI 2014.

02.2014: "Visualizing Validation of Protein Surface Classifiers" (w. Sarikaya, Mitchell and Gleicher) accepted to EuroVis 2014.

10.2013: Won Best SciVis Poster at IEEE VIS for "Lightness Constancy in Surface Visualization" (w. Sarikaya and Gleicher).

10.2013: Alper Sarikaya presented our work on "Understanding Performance of Protein Structural Classifiers" (w. Gleicher) at the IEEE VIS poster session.

10.2013: Attended the IEEE VIS Doctoral Colloquium.

09.2013: Started an internship at Tableau Research under Maureen Stone and Vidya Setlur.

06.2013: Officially became a dissertator!

Collaborators


Eric Alexander
UW-Madison

Michael Correll
UW-Madison

Colin Dewey
UW-Madison

Steve Franconeri
Northwestern

Michael Gleicher
UW-Madison

Chuck Hansen
Utah

Ilir Jusufi
Universum U.C.

Julie Mitchell
UW-Madison

Jonathan Roberts
Bangor

Alper Sarikaya
UW-Madison

Vidya Setlur
Tableau Research

Maureen Stone
Tableau Research

Rick Walker
Middlesex