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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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Visualization Engineering & Materials Science
Trajectories Engineering & Materials Science
Pathology Engineering & Materials Science
Genes Engineering & Materials Science
G-Protein-Coupled Receptors Medicine & Life Sciences
Watersheds Engineering & Materials Science
Drawing (graphics) Engineering & Materials Science
Cytology Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1995 2019

15 Citations (Scopus)
64 Downloads (Pure)

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
Molecular Sequence Annotation
Electric network analysis
G-Protein-Coupled Receptors
31 Citations (Scopus)
1 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

Electric network analysis
84 Citations (Scopus)

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

Form Perception
Visual Perception

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

1 Downloads (Pure)

SolarView: low distortion radial embeddings with a focus

Castermans, T., Verbeek, K., Speckmann, B., Westenberg, M. A., Koopman, R., Wang, S., van den Berg, H. & Betti, A., Oct 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 25, 10, p. 2969-2982 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Solar system
Systems analysis


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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Press / Media


Michel A. Westenberg


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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