Invited Speakers

// Invited Speakers

// Jeffrey Heer

Jeffrey Heer

Jeffrey Heer is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Interactive Data Lab and conducts research on data visualization, human-computer interaction and social computing. The visualization tools developed by Jeff and his collaborators (Vega, D3.js, Protovis, Prefuse) are used by researchers, companies, and data enthusiasts around the world. Jeff’s research papers have received awards at the premier venues in Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization (ACM CHI, UIST, CSCW, IEEE InfoVis, VAST, EuroVis). Honors include MIT Technology Review’s TR35 (2009), a Sloan Fellowship (2012), an Allen Distinguished Investigator Award (2014), a Moore Foundation Data-Driven Discovery Investigator Award (2014), the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (2016), and the IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award (2017). Jeff received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, whom he then “betrayed” to join the Stanford faculty (2009–2013). He is also a co-founder of Trifacta, a provider of interactive tools for scalable data transformation.

// Paul A. Navrátil

Paul Navratil

Dr. Paul A. Navrátil is a Research Scientist and Director of Visualization at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an expert in high-performance visualization technologies, accelerator-based computing and advanced rendering techniques. His research seeks to improve analytic capacity and insight communication across scientific workflows, including efficient algorithms for large-scale parallel visualization and data analysis (VDA) and innovative design for immersive VDA systems. Dr. Navrátil’s recent work includes algorithms for large-scale distributed-memory ray tracing, including the GraviT and Galaxy ray tracing frameworks, which enable photo-realistic rendering of the largest datasets produced on supercomputers today. His team provisions TACC’s two visualization labs and the remote visual analytic environments on TACC’s advanced computing systems, including the US NSF leadership-class systems Stampede2 and Frontera. Dr. Navrátil’s work has been featured in numerous venues, both nationally and internationally, including the New York Times, Discover, and PBS News Hour. He holds BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and a BA degree in Plan II Interdisciplinary Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.