I am a 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 Visualizations

I received my MS from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. I received 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.

Recent Public & Conference Talks

Making Sense of Data: How to Design Visualizations. IPAM Culture Analytics Workshop 2016

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.