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“The main challenge is to understand needs, strengths, and limitations of people, in such a way that we can develop powerful methods to support them in their exploration of large and complex data sets. Data science is about people, not about data.”

Research profile

Jack van Wijk is full professor in visualization at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His current research interests are information visualization and visual analytics. Previously he worked on flow visualization and mathematical visualization. The challenges are enabling people to explore and understand large amounts of abstract data (information visualization) and integrating  methods and techniques from statistics, machine learning, and data mining to deal with even larger data sets (visual analytics).

Van Wijk’s work spans many aspects of visualization - representation, interaction, evaluation, and methodology - for a wide variety of applications and data types. He is known for his work on hierarchical data and network visualization. With his students, he has developed new techniques for treemaps, exploring large image collections, event data, vessel traffic, and medicine prescriptions. His current focus is on visually explaining the results of automated methods. Useful results have been obtained for dealing with decision trees and models for judging vessel behavior, the next aim is to develop more generic methods. 

Academic background

Jack received his MSc in industrial design engineering in 1982 and a PhD in computer science in 1986, both with honors from Delft University of Technology. After a short period in the software industry, he worked at the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation ECN for ten years. He joined Eindhoven University of Technology in 1998, where he became a full professor of visualization in 2001.

He has (co-)authored more than 150 papers in visualization and computer graphics. Jack has been paper co-chair for IEEE Visualization (2003, 2004), IEEE InfoVis (2006, 2007), IEEE VAST 2009, IEEE PacificVis 2010 and EG/IEEE EuroVis (2011, 2016, 2017). In addition, he is co-founder and VP Scientific Affairs of TU/e spinoff MagnaView BV, which transforms complex data into easy to use analytics products. Another start-up based on his group’s work of is SynerScope BV, which offers powerful solutions for obtaining insights into huge amounts of complex combinations of network, text, image, and multivariate data.

Affiliated with

  • ProcessGold BV.
  • SynerScope BV

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • ProcessGold BV (formerly Magnaview BV)
  • SynerScope BV
  • Royal Philips Research

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Research Output 1984 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Comparing personal image collections with PICTuReVis

van der Corput, P. N. A. & van Wijk, J. J., 2017, In : Computer Graphics Forum. 36, 3, p. 295-304

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Visualization
51 Citations (Scopus)

Reducing snapshots to points : a visual analytics approach to dynamic network exploration

van den Elzen, S. J., Holten, D. H. R., Blaas, J. & Wijk, van, J. J., 2016, In : IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 22, 1, p. 1-10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Visualization
Topology
2 Citations (Scopus)

Exploring Items and Features with IF, FI-Tables

van der Corput, P. N. A. & van Wijk, J. J., 1 Jun 2016, In : Computer Graphics Forum. 35, 3, p. 31-40 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Visualization
2 Citations (Scopus)

Rationale visualization for safety and security

Scheepens, R. J., Michels, S., Wetering, van de, H. M. M. & Wijk, van, J. J., 2015, In : Computer Graphics Forum. 34, 3, p. 191-200 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Visualization
Engines
Decision making
Color
53 Citations (Scopus)

Multivariate network exploration and presentation : from detail to overview via selections and aggregations

Elzen, van den, S. J. & Wijk, van, J. J., 2014, In : IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 20, 12, p. 2310-2319 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Structural analysis
Telecommunication traffic
Telecommunication
Agglomeration
Topology

Prizes

Eurovis 2019 Honorable Mention

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

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

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Activities 2006 2017

  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Contributed talk

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

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IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Journal)

Jack van Wijk (Editorial board member)
2006

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Courses

Capita selecta visualization

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Data Challenge Week 1

1/09/18 → …

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Data Challenge Week 2

1/09/18 → …

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Seminar visualization

1/09/15 → …

Course

Press / Media

The Science of Visualization

Jack van Wijk

3/11/15

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Animation of treemaps: an approach for the animation of business information graphics

Author: Onete, A., 31 Aug 2010

Supervisor: van Wijk, J. (Supervisor 1) & Vliegen, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A prototype parallel particle tracking blood flow simulation system

Author: Sijpkes, P., 31 Aug 2006

Supervisor: Hilbers, P. (Supervisor 1), van Wijk, J. (Supervisor 2), Mak, R. (Supervisor 2), van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 2) & Kuijpers, N. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A system for computed rotational angiography

Author: Habets, D., 31 Dec 2000

Supervisor: Holdsworth, D. (External person) (Supervisor 1) & van Wijk, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A virtual reality system for offshore platform safety training

Author: Otten, S., 31 Aug 1999

Supervisor: van Wijk, J. (Supervisor 1), van de Wetering, H. (Supervisor 2) & Verhoeff, T. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Cartographically inspired visualization of points sets

Author: van Arnhem, B., 30 Apr 2011

Supervisor: van Wijk, J. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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