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“The biomedical and healthcare domains produce massive amounts of heterogeneous data. This provides a great inspiration for the development of innovative data visualization and visual analytics methods and tools.”

Research profile

Michel Westenberg is an associate professor of Visual Analytics for Healthcare at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interest is data visualization and visual analytics in life sciences and healthcare, and he has past experience in image processing and computer modeling of the human visual system.

Michel introduces students to the theory and practice of data visualization, making them familiar with the aims and challenges of data visualization, as well as the theory, principles, and methods frequently used in the construction and use of data visualization applications. Several tools that Michel and his PhD students have developed as part of their research have been released either as open source or as free downloadable software. Some examples are eXamine (a visual analytics method for interpreting modular structures in biological networks), developed in collaboration with CWI and VU Amsterdam; COMBat (a visualization tool for exploring co-occurring annotation terms in biological data sets), developed for Top Institute Food and Nutrition in Wageningen; and SpotXplore (which enhances the visual analysis of gene expression), developed in collaboration with Radboud University Medical Center.

Academic background

Michel Westenberg holds a PhD in mathematics and natural sciences (2001) and an MSc in computing science (1996) from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In 2004, he was awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which funded a position as postdoc at the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems, University of Stuttgart. He returned as a postdoc to the Institute for Mathematics and Computing Science, University of Groningen in 2006.

Michel has been working at the TU/e Department of Mathematics and Computer Science since July 2008. He is the program director of the Data Science bachelor program, which is offered jointly with Tilburg University. He has previously acted as Vice-director of the Computer Science Graduate Program.

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Research Output

eXamine : exploring annotated modules in networks

Dinkla, K., El-Kebir, M., Bucur, C-I., Siderius, M., Smit, M. J., Westenberg, M. A. & Klau, G. W., 2014, In : BMC Bioinformatics. 15, 6, p. 201-1/14

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
  • 16 Citations (Scopus)
    76 Downloads (Pure)

    Compressed adjacency matrices : untangling gene regulatory networks

    Dinkla, K., Westenberg, M. A. & Wijk, van, J. J., 2012, In : IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 18, 12, p. 2457-2466

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 33 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Suppression of contour perception by band-limited noise and its relation to nonclassical receptive field inhibition

    Petkov, N. & Westenberg, M. A., 2003, In : Biological Cybernetics. 88, 3, p. 236-246

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 88 Citations (Scopus)

    Visual Analytics for Hypothesis-Driven Exploration in Computational Pathology

    Corvo, A., Garcia Caballero, H., Westenberg, M. A., van Driel, M. A. & van Wijk, J. J., 27 Apr 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. p. 1 - 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • A stable graph layout algorithm for processes

    Mennens, R. J. P., Scheepens, R. & Westenberg, M. A., Jun 2019, In : Computer Graphics Forum. 38, 3, p. 725-737 13 p.

    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






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    Student theses

    3D point cloud reconstruction from photographs using a spring embedder algorithm

    Author: Koenraadt, A., 30 Apr 2013

    Supervisor: Westenberg, M. (Supervisor 1) & Hardy, D. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A feasibility study on CityGML for cadastral purposes

    Author: Dsilva, M., 31 Aug 2009

    Supervisor: Speckmann, B. (Supervisor 1) & Westenberg, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A framework for trajectory segmentation by stable criteria and Brownian Bridge Movement Model

    Author: Alewijnse, S., 31 Aug 2013

    Supervisor: Buchin, K. (Supervisor 1) & Westenberg, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A hybrid level-set method on the GPU

    Author: Timmermans, L., 31 Jan 2012

    Supervisor: Jalba, A. (Supervisor 1), Westenberg, M. (Supervisor 2) & Mesman, B. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    An automatic recognition method for building floor plans

    Author: Jain, P., 31 Aug 2009

    Supervisor: Westenberg, M. (Supervisor 1) & Speckmann, B. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master