At Arizona State University, I lead the Sonoran Visualization Laboratory (SVL). The SVL researches data visualization, human-computer interaction, and advanced interfaces for data science. In our group, We develop advanced interfaces, algorithms, statistical models, and techniques to support analysis and decision making for complex data. We regularly collaborate with experts across a range of domains, including medical physicians, sociologists, power systems engineers, genomocists, security experts, and more. Current research projects are sponsored by ASU, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and NSF.
Current research topics and areas of interest are listed below, though we also work broadly in visualization and machine learning spaces. If you are interested in becoming a collaboratior with the SVL to better understand your data or increase productivity, feel free to email and we can schedule a meeting to discuss further.
As data scales in size and complexity, it becomes difficult for a single person to fully analyze or comprehend. We develop novel tools to support collaborative visual analysis and sensemaking, including scenarios where multiple users are working together at the same time (synchronous collaboration), where multiple users independently contribute insights to a problem (crowdsourcing), and instances where users complete a set of analysis and then hand off their findings to a user who continues the process (handoff analysis).
As the technologies for virtual and augmented reality improve, we can exploit such immersive spaces for visualizing and analyzing data. We are developing novel applications and techniques for displaying and analyzing 3D scientific and medical data, and are studying how immersive modalities affect the ways that users interact with such data, and also how they affect collaboration between multiple people.
Disclosure of sensitive information is an increasing problem in today's society. We build visual interfaces to help analysts understand how datasets can leak information, and how such data can be sanitized to preserve the privacy of users with minimum overall data loss.
Machine Learning meets Visualization
We employ visualization as a way to help understand the behavior of machine learning models, "opening the black box" to promote trust and interpretability. We also study bias and spurious correlations that can exist in datasets that are used to train machine learning models. Conversely, machine learning can be use to help guide the visualization and analysis process, such as selecting appropriate visualizations to show a user during exploration.
Visual Perception and Cognition
We study the low-level cognitive and attentional processes that enable vision and perception, in the context of visualizing data. We run eye tracking studies using a Tobii X2-60, and conduct large-scale crowdsourced user studies to analyze visualizations.