I am a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research; my work centers on information and data visualization. I’m interested in how users can make use of visualization to better make sense of their data. My projects have worked with professional data analysts, with end-users, and with people who just happen to have had a lot of information dumped in their laps. My background is in human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work.
Some of my current interests include:
- Trying to better understand and enhance User Experiences with Big Data
- Looking at ways to enhance Sequence Analysis
- How users create and interact with data visualization
I received my MS from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000, and my PhD from the University of California, Irvine in 2004, exploring social network analysis of email. I joined Microsoft Research in 2004; I work with the Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment (MSR-VIBE) team.
My book, “Making Data Visual,” was released by O’Reilly Press in January 2018. Not only do I now have my own O’Reilly animal, but I got a chance to share some of the ideas I’ve been exploring about how to help everyone create visualizations.
The core of the book is the concept of “Data Counseling:” the process of getting to know user needs and tasks, and helping them connect their high-level questions to the data, and to then create visualizations. Many of the sample visualizations can be found at this github site.
I presented a draft of these ideas can be found in the talk, Making Sense of Data: How to Design Visualizations, presented at the IPAM Culture Analytics Workshop 2016
Recent Public & Conference Talks
- Why Exploring Big Data Is Hard (and What We Can Do About It). OpenVisConf 2015
- What Designers and Data Scientists Can Learn from Each Other. Strata + Hadoop World 2015.
- What Visualization is For: A Perceptual Overview, and a Handful of Examples. Invited Speaker, IHME Seminar Series. 2015.