I am a tenured Full Professor at the Institute of Computer Graphics at Johannes Kepler University Linz where I lead the Visual Data Science group. I finished my PhD at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision at Graz University of Technology in early 2011 and moved to Linz later that year. In 2012 I was a visiting researcher at the Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) at Harvard Medical School. As part of a Fulbright scholarship for research and lecturing I was a visiting professor at the Visual Computing Group at Harvard Paulson School in 2014. I am also a guest lecturer at the Imperial College Business School.
My scientific areas of interest include visualization, visual analytics, and biological data visualization, where I am particularly interested in the integrated analysis of large heterogeneous data. Together with my team I develop novel visual analysis tools for cancer research, drug discovery, and other biomedical applications. I am leading research projects funded by FWF, FFG and industrial partners. Parts of my research are embedded in the open-source project Caleydo, where I am one of the project leaders and founding-members. I am a PI or Co-PI in multiple research and industry projects and also a key researcher in the COMET K1-Centre Pro2Future. Since 2016 I am CEO of the JKU spin-off company datavisyn.
I won Best Paper Awards at InfoVis'13, BioVis’12, InfoVis’11, GI’10 and Honorable Mention Awards at EuroVis'16, CHI'14, InfoVis'14 and EuroVis’12. I am a co-author of the Nature Methods Points of View column. In 2013 I co-edited the Special Issue on Visual Analytics in the IEEE Computer journal. Additionally, I actively contribute to the scientific community by serving on the organizing and program committee of several scientific events as well as by acting as a reviewer for high-quality journals and conferences. I was program chair of the IEEE Visualization in Data Science symposium and papers and now general chair of BioVis, the Symposium on Biological Data Visualization.