Statistics Seminar - 09/19/24

Sep 19 3:40 pm

Dr. John Stasko, Regents’ Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, Georgia Tech, Fellow of IEEE and ACM


Statistics Seminar Series



Physical Location

Allen 411

Abstract: TBA


About the Speaker:

Dr. John Stasko is a Regents’ Professor in the School of Interactive Computing and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Computing Instruction at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1989.

Dr. Stasko is a widely published and internationally recognized researcher in the areas of information visualization and visual analytics, approaching each from a human-computer interaction perspective. He received the B.S. degree in Mathematics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (1983) and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (1985 and 1989). In 2013, Dr. Stasko was named an Honorary Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In 2013, he served as General Chair of the IEEE VIS conference, the flagship academic conference for his research area, when it was held in Atlanta. Dr. Stasko was inducted into the ACM CHI Academy in 2016 and the IEEE VIS Academy in 2019, and he was named an IEEE Fellow in 2014 and an ACM Fellow in 2022. In 2012, Dr. Stasko received the IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award, and in 2023 he received the IEEE VGTC Visualization Lifetime Achievment Award. 

Dr. Stasko is Director of the Information Interfaces Research Group whose mission is to help people take advantage of information to enrich their lives. As the amount of data available to people and organizations has skyrocketed over the past 10-20 years, largely fueled by the growth of the internet, insufficient methods for people to benefit from this flood of data have been developed. A central focus of many of the group's projects is the creation of information visualization and visual analytics tools to help people explore, analyze, understand, and communicate data sets. In particular, they are creating visual analytics systems to help people with "sense-making" activities on data sets such as large document collections. The group also has developed many techniques and systems for providing people with peripheral awareness of useful information. Dr. Stasko's passion about research in, and the value of, data visualization was illustrated in his EuroVis 2014 Conference Capstone invited lecture. He described his more recent research on designing flexible and natural interfaces for human-data interaction in this 2022 CSIG-VIS lecture.