I am an Assistant Professor of Information Science and Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. 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 research interests include graphics and visualization, human-computer interaction, color science, data mining, machine learning, and perceptual science.

My work focuses on how understanding visual cognition in real-world scenarios can inform effective visual computing and data analysis solutions. I have developed visualization systems and techniques for comparing large, complex data with a special focus on enhancing the scalability and interpretability of visual displays. I have 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 am currently a member of the founding faculty of the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. I also created the Visualization Reading Group and co-founded the Digital Humanities Research Network at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Both efforts aim to create a sustained dialog between diverse groups of researchers.

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 three cats.

I am currently seeking graduate students for a variety of research projects. Students interested in data visualization, computer graphics, the digital humanities, visual perception and cognition, color science, or related topics should contact me.

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News & Updates

07.2015: Successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation on applications of color to support data analyses at different scales.

06.2015: I will be joining the founding faculty of the CU-Boulder Department of Information Science in the fall!

04.2015: DHRN's DH+A Symposium went beautifully, bringing together over seventy researchers from around the region! Thanks to all involved!

03.2015: Invited lecture on interaction for visualization.

02.2015: Reprising IPC duties for BioVis 2015.

02.2015: Interview travel has begun! Excited to see what the coming months hold.

12.2014: At Umeå University's Genres of Scholarly Knowledge Production to talk about visualization in the humanities.

11.2014: Received the Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab's Best Student Paper Award at CIC22 for "Adapting Color Difference for Design"(w. Stone and Gleicher).

10.2014: Ran the DHRN "How to Think About Data" workshop.

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 Digital Humanities Research Network workshop meeting.

07.2014: Two papers accepted to 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).

05.2014: 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).


Eric Alexander

Michael Correll

Colin Dewey

Steve Franconeri

Michael Gleicher

Chuck Hansen

Steve Haroz

Ilir Jusufi
Universum U.C.

Julie Mitchell

Jonathan Roberts

Alper Sarikaya

Vidya Setlur
Tableau Research

Maureen Stone
Tableau Research

Rick Walker