VIS Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding academic research and development in the field.

The VGTC Visualization Awards Program Chair is David Ebert. VGTC members may nominate individuals by completing the appropriate nomination form.

2023 RECIPIENT (11 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Aoyu Wu
Dissertation Title: Efficient Creation and Analysis of Visualizations for Data Communication
Affiliation: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Harvard
Advisor: Professor Huamin Qu

Honorable Mention: Dr. Alex Kale
Affiliation: University of Washington
Co-Advisors: Professor Jessica Hullman and Professor Amy Ko

Honorable Mention: Dr. Mennatallah El-Assady
Affiliation: University of Konstanz
Advisor: Professor Daniel Keim

Honorable Mention: Dr. Zezhong Wang
Affiliation: University of Edinburgh
Advisor: Professor Benjamin Bach

2022 RECIPIENT (6 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Ghulam Jilani Quadri
Dissertation Title: Constructing Task-Optimized framework for Visualization
Affiliation: University of South Florida, USA
Advisor: Paul Rosen

Honorable Mention: Dr. Fritz Lekschas
Dissertation Title: Scalable Visualization Tools for Pattern-Driven Data Exploration
Affiliation: Harvard University, USA
Advisor: Hanspeter Pfister

Honorable Mention: Dr. Bon Adriel Aseniero
Dissertation Title: An Autobiographical Reflection on Designing Visualizations for Personal Contexts
Affiliation: University of Calgary, Canada
Advisor: Sheelagh Carpendale

Honorable Mention: Dr. Cindy Xiong
Dissertation Title: Perceptual and Cognitive Affordances of Data Visualizations
Affiliation: Northwestern University, USA
Advisor: Steven Franconeri

2021 RECIPIENT (6 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Arjun Srinivasan
Dissertation Title: Combining Natural Language and Direct Manipulation for Human-Data Interaction through Visualizations
Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Advisor: Professor John Stasko

2020 RECIPIENTS (14 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Dominik Moritz
Dissertation Title: Interactive Systems for Scalable Visualization and Analysis
Affiliation: University of Washington, USA
Advisor: Professor Jeff Heer

Honorable Mention: Dr. Emily Wall
Dissertation Title: Detecting and Mitigating Human Bias in Visual Analytics
Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Advisor: Professor Alex Endert

Honorable Mention: Dr. Carolina Nobre
Dissertation Title: Visualizing Multivariate Networks
Affiliation: University of Utah, USA
Advisor: Professor Alex Lex

2019 RECIPIENTS (13 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Nicola Pezzotti
Dissertation Title: Dimensionality-Reduction Algorithms for Progressive Visual Analytics
Affiliation: TU Delft, The Netherlands
Advisor: Professor Anna Vilanova

Honorable Mention: Dr. Kuno Kurzhals
Dissertation Title: Visual analytics of eyetracking and video data
Affiliation: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Advisor: Professor Daniel Weiskopf

Honorable Mention: Dr. Jun Wang
Dissertation Title: Visual Causality Analysis
Affiliation: Stony Brook University, USA
Advisor: Professor Klaus Mueller

2018 RECIPIENTS (13 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Tobias Günther
Dissertation Title: Opacity Optimization and Inertial Particles in Flow Visualization
Affiliation: University of Magdeburg, Germany
Advisor: Professor Holger Theisel

Honorable Mention: Dr. Alice Thudt
Dissertation Title: Visualizations for Personal Reflection and Expression
Affiliation: University of Calgary, Canada
Advisor: Professor Sheelagh Carpendale

Honorable Mention: Dr. Robert Krüger
Dissertation Title: Visual Analytics of Human Mobility Behavior
Affiliation: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Advisor: Professor Thomas Ertl

2017 RECIPIENTS (9 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Steve Kieffe
Dissertation Title: A Human-Centred Approach to Network Layout Algorithm Design
Affiliation: Monash University
Advisors: Professors Kim Marriott, Tim Dwyer and Michael Wybrow

Honorable Mention: Dr. Jagoda Walny
Dissertation Title: Thinking with Sketches: Leveraging Everyday Use of Visuals for Information Visualization
Affiliation: University of Calgary
Advisor: Professor Sheelagh Carpendale

2016 RECIPIENTS (12 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Stef van den Elzen
Dissertation Title: Interactive Visualization of Dynamic Multivariate Networks
Affiliation: Eindhoven University of Technology
Advisor: Professor Jarke J. van Wijk
“This dissertation addresses a challenging problem in information and visual analytics, i.e., analyzing, visualizing and exploring temporal and multivariate networks. It describes innovative solutions with both technical rigor and high quality thesis presentation. Its outstanding contributions have been widely acknowledged by the visualization community.”

Honorable Mention: Dr. Michael Krone
Dissertation Title: Interactive Visual Analysis of Biomolecular Simulations
Affiliation: University of Stuttgart
Advisor: Professor Thomas Ertl
“This dissertation presents a series of technical solutions to the common problems in interactive visualization of very large biomolecular structures. It is an outstanding piece of research in scientific visualization with significant impact to the application of bioinformatics. The organization and presentation of the dissertation is exceptional.”

Honorable Mention: Dr. Danielle Nicole Albers Szafir
Dissertation Title: Utilizing Color for Perceptually-Driven Data Visualization
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Advisor: Professor Michael Gleicher
“This dissertation presents empirical studies on novel hypotheses in color perception in visualization. It represents the increasing interest and new discoveries in understanding the cognitive and perceptual aspects of visualization. It will have pervasive impact in all sub-fields of visualization.”

2015 RECIPIENTS (14 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Samuel Huron
Dissertation Title: Constructive Visualization: A Token-based Paradigm Allowing to Assemble Dynamic Visual Representation for Non-experts
Affiliation: University of Paris-Sud
Advisor: Professor Jean-Daniel Fekete

Honorable Mention: Dr. Eammon Maguire
Dissertation Title: Systematizing Glyph Design for Visualization
Affiliation: University of Oxford
Advisor: Professor Min Chen

Honorable Mention: Dr. Gabriel Mistelbauer
Dissertation Title: Smart Interactive Vessel Visualization in Radiology
Affiliation: Vienna University of Technology
Advisor: Professor Eduard Gröller

Honorable Mention: Dr. Jeremy Boy
Dissertation Title: Engaging the People to Look Beyond the Surface of Online Information Visualizations of Open Data
Affiliation: Telecom ParisTech
Advisor: Professor Jean-Daniel Fekete

2014 RECIPIENTS (13 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Cheuk Horace Ip
Dissertation Title: Towards Data-Driven Large-Scale Scientific Visualization and Exploration
Affiliation: University of Maryland, College Park
Advisor: Professor Amitabh Varshney

Honorable Mention: Dr. Benjamin Bach
Dissertation Title: Connections Changes, and Cubes: Unfolding Dynamic Networks for Visual Exploration
Affiliation: University of Paris-Sud
Advisor: Professor Jean-Daniel Fekete

Honorable Mention: Dr. Jordan Crouser
Dissertation Title: Toward Theoretical Measures for Systems Involving Human Computation
Affiliation: Tufts University
Advisor: Professor Remco Chang

2013 RECIPIENTS (11 Nominations)

Best Dissertation: Dr. Alex Endert
Dissertation Title: Semantic Interaction for Visual Analytics: Inferring Analytical Reasoning for Model Steering
Affiliation: Virginia Tech
Advisor: Professor Chris North

Honorable Mention: Dr. Zhicheng Liu
Dissertation Title: Network-Based Visual Analysis Of Tabular Data
Affiliation: Georgia Tech
Advisor: Professor John Stasko

Finalist: Dr. Jaegul Choo
Dissertation Title: Integration of Computational Methods and Visual Analytics for Large-Scale High-Dimensional Data
Affiliation: Georgia Tech
Advisor: Professor Hansun Park

Finalist: Dr. Tiago Etiene
Dissertation Title: Towards the Theory and Practice of Verifying Visualizations
Affiliation: University of Utah
Advisor: Professor Claudio Silva