Portrait of Nathalie Henry Riche

Nathalie Henry Riche



Nathalie is a researcher at Microsoft Research since december 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Univeristy of Paris XI and Inria, France, as well as from the university of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on human-computer interaction and information visualization.

Research interests

Recent publications


Basak Alper, Nathalie Henry Riche, Fanny Chevalier, Jeremy Boy, and Metin Sezgin. Visualization Literacy at Elementary School. In Proceedings of CHI 2017, to appear. [pdf] [video] [supplemental material] [try c’est la vis as a grade K student,  a grade 2 student a grade K teachera grade 2 teacher]

Yann Riche, Nathalie Henry Riche, Ken Hinckley, Sheri Panabaker, Sarah Fuelling, Sarah Williams. As We May Ink? Learning from Everyday Analog Pen Use to Improve Digital Ink Experiences. In Proceedings of CHI 2017, to appear. [supplemental material]

Fereshteh Amini, Nathalie Henry Riche, Bongshin Lee, Andres Monroy-Hernández, Pourang Irani. Authoring Data-Driven Videos with DataClips. In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2016). 23(1): 501-510 (2017)

Benjamin Bach, Nathalie Henry Riche, Christophe Hurter, Kim Marriott, Tim Dwyer. Towards Unambiguous Edge Bundling: Investigating Confluent Drawings for Network Visualization. n IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2016). 23(1): 541-550 (2017)

Kiley Sobel, Geza Kovacs, Galen McQuillen, Andrew Cross, Nirupama Chandrasekaran, Nathalie Henry Riche, Ed Cutrell, Meredith Ringel Morris.
EduFeed: A Social Feed to Engage Preliterate Children in Educational Activities. In Proceedings of CSCW 2017. 491-504


Michael Behrisch, Benjamin Bach, Nathalie Henry Riche, Tobias Schreck, Jean-Daniel Fekete. Matrix Reordering Methods for Table and Network Visualization. STAR . In Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of EuroVis 2016). 35(3): 693-716 (2016)

Quirijn W. Bouts, Tim Dwyer, Jason Dykes, Bettina Speckmann, Sarah Goodwin, Nathalie Henry Riche, Sheelagh Carpendale, Ariel Liebman. Visual Encoding of Dissimilarity Data via Topology-Preserving Map Deformation. In Proceedings of IEEE Transaction on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 22(9): 2200-2213 (2016)

Fanny Chevalier, Nathalie Henry Riche, Catherine Plaisant, Amira Chalbi, Christophe Hurter. Animations 25 Years Later: New Roles and Opportunities. In Proceedings of AVI 2016: 280-287

Benjamin Bach, Natalie Kerracher, Kyle Wm. Hall, Sheelagh Carpendale, Jessie Kennedy, Nathalie Henry Riche. Telling Stories about Dynamic Networks with Graph Comics. In Proceedings of CHI 2016: 3670-3682

Sheelagh Carpendale, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Nathalie Henry Riche, Christophe Hurter. Data-Driven Storytelling (Dagstuhl Seminar 16061). Dagstuhl Reports 6(2): 1-27 (2016)

Tim Dwyer, Nathalie Henry Riche, Karsten Klein, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Bruce H. Thomas. Immersive Analytics (Dagstuhl Seminar 16231). Dagstuhl Reports 6(6): 1-9 (2016)


As we May Ink?

Established: January 6, 2015

As We May Ink? Learning from Everyday Analog Pen Use to Improve Digital Ink Experiences Abstract This project sheds light on gaps and discrepancies between the experiences afforded by analog pens and their digital counterparts. Despite the long history (and recent renaissance) of digital pens, the literature still lacks a comprehensive survey of what types of marks people make and what motivates them to use ink—both analog and digital—in daily life. To capture the diversity…

C’est la vis: Visualization Literacy at Elementary School

Established: January 30, 2014

This work advances our understanding of children’s visualization literacy, and aims to improve it with a novel approach for teaching visualization at elementary schools. We contribute an analysis of data graphics and activities employed in grade K to 4 educational materials, and the results of a survey conducted with 16 elementary school teachers. We find that visualization education could benefit from integrating pedagogical strategies for teaching abstract concepts with established interactive visualization techniques. Building on…

Data-Driven Storytelling

Established: May 14, 2012

Practitioners increasingly use visualizations “in the wild” to tell compelling stories supported by data, and continually develop novel techniques that help integrate data visualization into narrative stories. The visualization research community has recently begun to pay more attention to the need and use of visualization as a storytelling medium to tell engaging visual data-driven stories.  In addition to understanding the data story creation process and the techniques used in successful data stories, we explore ways…

Data and Visualization Literacy

Established: January 1, 2011

In this new era of fake news, viral content and social media, data literacy is crucial. Modern citizens in our age of information need to be data literate in order to make informed decisions that may affect all aspects of their life: from personal ones (e.g. financial, medical) to societal ones (e.g. economical, political).  Informed citizens need to verify claims made by others upon data and make logical and informed decisions based on a rationale and evidence.…

ClassSearch: A Classroom Environment for Teaching Web Search Skills

We explore the use of social learning — improving knowledge skills by observing peer behavior — in the domain of Web search skill acquisition, focusing specifically on co-located classroom scenarios. Through a series of interviews, pilot studies, and classroom deployments, we conclude that a peripheral display of Web search activity within a classroom facilitates both social learning and teacher-led discourse. We present the ClassSearch system for shared awareness of Web search activity, which embodies principles…

Beyond Mouse and Keyboard: Novel Interaction for Visualization

Established: June 21, 2010

Microsoft continues to innovate in the NUI space, continuously providing new modalities for interacting with our computing systems. We are leveraging our expertise in NUI and developing a radically new way for people to more naturally access information that helps them not only explore their data but also present insights through simple interactive sketches. We aim to remove some of the interaction friction present in traditional desktop interfaces to enable people to more effectively explore,…

Visualizing Networks

Established: January 1, 2005

This page points to algorithms, interfaces and prototypes we developed over the years for visualizing and interacting with complex networks. Interactive Visual Exploration of Dynamic Networks NetworkCube is a platform for network visualization, with a focus on dynamic networks.  It is a javascript library that provides: data import, a dynamic graph API, network visualizations and components, messages that synchronize views after user interaction, and, general functionalities, such as history, brushing+linking, search, coloring. NetworkCube runs locally…
















Timeline Storyteller

March 2017

Timeline Storyteller is an expressive browser-based visual storytelling environment for presenting timelines. You can use Timeline Storyteller to present different aspects of your data using a palette of timeline representations, scales, and layouts, as well as controls for filtering, highlighting, and annotation. You can export images of a timeline or assemble and record a story…

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Learning from Everyday Analog Pen Use to Improve Digital Ink Experiences Dataset

January 2017

This is the data released with the CHI 2017 paper: As We May Ink? Learning from Everyday Analog Pen Use to Improve Digital Ink Experiences. It contains the 493 entries of a diary study with 26 participants on their use of analog pen and the 178 entries of a follow-up diary study with 30 participants…

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