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John Wenskovitch wins PhD-Student-of-the-Year Award

Congratulations to John Wenskovitch, who won the award for "PhD Student of the Year" from the Department of Computer Science. The award was presented at the department's annual awards banquet, which was held virtually this year due to university closure. John completed and defended his dissertation in August 2019.

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Ming Wang completes MS Thesis

Ming Wang successfully defended her MS Thesis entitled "Bridging Cognitive Gaps Between User and Model in Interactive Dimension Reduction". Her work designed, developed, and evaluated several critical new user interface and functionality improvements to the Andromeda system for online multidimensional data visual analysis. She has accepted a software developer position at Salesforce.com. Congratulations, Ming! Her work is featured at: http://nebula.cs.vt.edu/cosmos/andromeda.html

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Michelle Dowling graduates with PhD, and accepts faculty position at GVSU

Michelle Dowling (http://people.cs.vt.edu/~dowlingm/) successfully defended and submitted her final dissertation entitled "Semantic Interaction for Symmetrical Analysis and Automated Foraging of Documents and Terms". Her research developed SIRIUS, Cosmos, and several other systems for analyzing multidimensional and textual data, by developing computational models that support the human sensemaking process.

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John Wenskovitch completed his PhD

John Wenskovitch (http://johnwenskovitch.com) successfully defended his dissertation on "Dimension Reduction and Clustering for Interactive Visual Analytics" in August 2019. He will join Virginia Tech as a Visiting Assistant Professor while he conducts an academic job search this year. He is currently designing a new introductory course sequence in Python for the Department of Computer Science.
Congratulations, Dr. Wenskovitch!

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Lab members at IEEE VIS 2018

IEEE VIS Conference 2018 in October
http://ieeevis.org/year/2018/welcome

SIRIUS: Dual, Symmetric, Interactive Dimension Reductions
Authors: Michelle Dowling, John Wenskovitch, J.T. Fry, Leanna House, Scotland Leman, Chris North

The Effect of Semantic Interaction on Foraging in Text Analysis
Authors: John Wenskovitch, Lauren Bradel, Michelle Dowling, Leanna House, Chris North

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Lab member John Wenskovitch wins the CS Dept Graduate Student Service Award

John Wenskovitch is recognized at the department awards banquet on April 26, 2018 for his extensive service to the department and university this year. Among other things John led the Grad Council, initiated the highly-regarded graduate panel events, and played a major role in the graduate recruiting event. On top of all that, he is a general all-around awesome dude at VT.

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Caleb Reach graduates with PhD, accepts position at Google NYC

Caleb Reach successfully completed and defended his dissertation, entitled "Smooth Interactive Visualization". His dissertation developed a formal methodology for smoothness in interactive visualization based on signal processing theory. Congratulations, Caleb!
https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/78848

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Xin Chen awarded Best MS Thesis Award

Xin Chen was awarded the Best MS Thesis Award for 2016-2017 from the Dept of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Xin's research, called "Be the Data", enabled students to embody high-dimensional data points to explore data analytics concepts such as dimension reduction. Using her system, she conducted numerous educational workshops, totaling hundreds of students ranging from 3rd graders to undergraduates.

http://infovis.cs.vt.edu/content/be-data-embodied-visual-analytics

Congratulations Xin!

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Lab alumnus Jessica Zeitz Self featured in VT news

Jessica completed her PhD in CS at VT in May 2016, and is now a faculty member in CS at Mary Washington University.

https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/11/111016-diversityincomputing.html

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