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Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Visualization research develops new methods to present large data collections in new insightful ways. The human eye, human interaction and design are key to this research.

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Leveraging human insight into data patterns.

Organisational profile

Data Visualization, chaired by Jack van Wijk, exploits the unique capabilities of the human visual system to detect patterns and trends in imagery. The mission of Visualization (VIS) is to develop methods, techniques and tools that enable people to obtain insights into data via interactive computer graphics. This allows users to discover patterns and outliers in data that would be very difficult to find without the aid of the human mind. Systems can be analyzed and optimized significantly faster than using traditional analysis methods.

The central research question is how data should be presented and interacted with so that this process is most efficient and effective. Our approach in this area is characterized by the application of know-how from computer graphics and human computer interaction and by an experimental approach involving fast prototyping, close cooperation with end users, and validation in practice. Scalability of methods is a key.

The group currently specializes in the following areas: 

Information visualization
We study how large amounts of abstract data, such as trees and networks, can be visualized. Typical use cases are the visualization of the contents of a computer hard disk and the visualization of the structure of a large software system. 

Visual analytics
Huge data sets can only be dealt with via tight integration of visualization and methods from machine learning, data mining, and statistics. We study how to take advantage of the strengths of humans and computers, and how to steer and obtain insight into automated methods.

Most projects are carried out in collaboration with companies and other research groups within Mathematics & Computer Science. Application areas include digital pathology, epidemiology, and other healthcare topics, bioinformatics, computer network traffic analysis, multimedia analytics, insurance, and network analysis.

JADS, SynerScope BV,  ProcessGold BV, Philips Research, RIVM, Achmea

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    Research Output

    ExplainExplore: Visual Exploration of Machine Learning Explanations

    Collaris, D. & van Wijk, J. J., 17 Mar 2020. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

    Open Access
  • ExplainExplore: Visual Exploration of Machine Learning Explanations

    Collaris, D. & van Wijk, J. J., 3 Jun 2020, p. 26-35. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

    Open Access
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    GPGPU linear complexity t-SNE optimization

    Pezzotti, N., Thijssen, J., Mordvintsev, A., Hollt, T., Lew, B. V., Lelieveldt, B. P. F., Eisemann, E. & Vilanova, A., Jan 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 26, 1, p. 1172-1181 10 p., 8811606.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Prizes

    Eurovis 2019 Honorable Mention

    Humberto Garcia Caballero (Recipient), Michel Westenberg (Recipient), Binyam Gebre (Recipient) & Jack van Wijk (Recipient), 7 Jun 2019

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific



    • 2 Editorial activity
    • 1 Conference
    • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
    • 1 Contributed talk

    Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine

    Dennis Dingen (Contributor)
    4 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    2017 IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS), 29 September - 7 October 2017, Phoenix, AZ, USA

    Bram Cappers (Contributor), J.J. van Wijk (Contributor)
    1 Oct 20176 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Semantic Network Traffic Analysis using Deep Packet Inspection and Visual Analytics

    Bram Cappers (Speaker), J.J. van Wijk (Speaker)
    19 Mar 201720 Mar 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


    Student theses

    3D fingerprint detection in ancient museum sculptures from CT data

    Author: Sanders, S., 25 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: van Liere, R. (Supervisor 1) & Jalba, A. C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    An efficient end-to-end object detection pipeline on GPU using CUDA

    Author: Wang, X., 24 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Jalba, A. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master


    Automatic selection of outlier detection techniques

    Author: Chouksey, V., 24 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Vanschoren, J. (Supervisor 1), Jalba, A. (Supervisor 2) & Fahland, D. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master