IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Awards

The IEEE VGTC Technical Awards program recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community through their research.

The VGTC Technical Awards chair for Visualization is Holly Rushmeier. VGTC members may nominate individuals by contacting her at

Career: Catherine Plaisant
Technical Achievement: Jean-Daniel Fekete

Career: Sheelagh Carpendale
Technical Achievement: Anders Ynnerman

Career: John Dill
Technical Achievement: David Ebert

Career: Ken Joy
Technical Achievement: Claudio T. Silva

Career: Ben Shneiderman
Technical Achievement: John Stasko

Career: Chris Johnson
Technical Achievement: Hanspeter Pfister

Career: Lawrence J. Rosenblum
Technical Achievement: David Laidlaw

Career: Pat Hanrahan
Technical Achievement: Thomas Ertl

Career: Bill Lorensen
Technical Achievement: Amitabh Varshney

Career: Thomas Ertl
Technical Achievement: Eduard Gröller

Career: Charles Hansen
Technical Achievement: Jeffrey Heer

Career: Markus Gross
Technical Achievement: Tamara Munzner

Career: Gregory M. Nielson
Technical Achievement: Kwan-Liu Ma

Career: Frits Post
Technical Achievement: Daniel Keim

Career: Hans Hagen
Technical Achievement: Jock D. Mackinlay

Career: Stuart Card
Technical Achievement: Jarke J. van Wijk

Career: Arie Kaufman
Technical Achievement: Charles Hansen


Nominations are due to the Visualization Technical Award Committee Chairperson not later than March 1st of the year for which the award is proposed. Nomination write-ups should carefully address the criteria below while not exceeding one page with a Times New Roman 12pt or comparably sized font.

IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award Criteria

  1. Significant Achievement in a focused area of visualization research will be the primary criteria. This may be either a major single development or a definitive sub-area of one of the visualization fields. The degree to which this research has helped expand the sub-field and the broader impacts resulting from the research (commercialization, research by others based upon the considered research, use of the results by others outside the field of visualization, etc.) will be a factor in distinguishing from among the significant research efforts being considered.
  2. Service to the Community will be a secondary consideration. While primary emphasis will be on research achievement, service will be expected in all but extraordinary cases and the quality and quantity of service will be considered.

IEEE VGTC Visualization Career Award Criteria

  1. Research over a long period of time which has impacted the field of visualization. Such research may be focused or broad-based.
  2. Broader impacts on the field and on the community: research by others arising from the candidate’s research, successful commercialization, impact on fields other than visualization, new educational thrusts, developing multiple, highly successful PhDs, etc.
  3. Success in the development of new funding for the field, especially where the new funding played a major role in the development of new sub-areas of research.
  4. Service to the community: significant service will be expected over a long time period, but special emphasis will be given for very significant, in-depth service achievements that have played a major role in the development of and obtaining recognition for the field of visualization.

Few candidates will have strengths in all four areas, but the totality across these areas will be considered with the research criteria expected. Note that the “etc.” in #2 covers any additional items not specified.


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