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Benjamin Bach

Benjamin is a Lecturer (Assistant Prof.) in Design Informatics and Visualization at the University of Edinburgh. His research designs and investigates interactive information visualization interfaces to help people explore, communicate, and understand data across media such as screens, mixed reality, paper, and physicalizations.


Office: Informatics Forum (IF 4.30), 10 Crichton St, Edinburgh

Email: bbach@inf.ed.ac.uk

Twitter: @benjbach

We are searching for a new Chair in Design Informatics!

We are searching for a University Teacher / postdoc to help with an online course in data visualization for professionals and participate in reserch on novel teaching methods and material!

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Short Bio

Before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2017, Benjamin worked as a postdoc at Harvard University (Visual Computing Group), Monash University, as well as the Microsoft-Research Inria Joint Centre. Benjamin was visiting researcher at the University of Washington and Microsoft Research in 2015. He obtained his PhD in 2014 from the Université Paris Sud where he worked at the Aviz Group at Inria. The PhD thesis entitled Connections, Changes, and Cubes: Unfolding Dynamic Networks for Visual Exploration got awarded an honorable mention as the Best Thesis by the IEEE Visualization Committee. In 2019, Benjamin got awarded the Eurographics Young Researcher Award (thanks to all my mentors and collaborators, this is your award!).


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Recent Publications


publication Pattern-Driven Navigation in 2D Multiscale Visualizations with Scalable Insets Fritz Lekschas, Michael Behrisch, Benjamin Bach, Peter Kerpedjiev, Nils Gehlenborg, Hanspeter Pfister, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) 2020 (IEEE VIS, 2019))


publication Geographic Network Visualization Techniques: A Work-In-Progress Taxonomy Sarah Schöttler, Tobias Kauer, Benjamin Bach: Poster at Graph Drawing, (2019)


IATK: An Immersive Analytics Toolkit Maxime Cordeil, Andrew Cunningham, Benjamin Bach, Christophe Hurter, Bruce H. Thomas, Kim Mariott, Tim Dwyer, IEEE VR (2019)


PaxVis: Visualizing Peace Agreements Lucy Havens, Mengting Bao, Larissa Pschetz, Benjamin Bach, Christine Bell. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) (2019).


Comparing Effectiveness and Engagement of Data Comics and Infographics Zezong Wang, Shunming Wang, Matteo Farinella, Dave Murray-Rust, Nathalie Henry Riche. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) (2019).

DataToon: Drawing Data Comics About DynamicNetworks with Pen + Touch Interaction Nam Wook Kim, Nathalie Henry Riche, Benjamin Bach, Guanpeng Xu, Matthew Brehmer, Ken Hinckley, Michel Pahud, Haijun Xia, Michael J. McGuffin, Hanspeter Pfister. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) (2019).

Teaching Data Visualization and Storytelling with Data Comic Workshops Zezhong Wang, Harvey Dingwal, Benjamin Bach. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Extended Abstracts (2019).

DXR: A Toolkit for Building Immersive Data Visualizations Sicat, Ronell, Jiabao Li, JunYoung Choi, Maxime Cordeil, Won-Ki Jeong, Benjamin Bach, and Hanspeter Pfister. IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics (2019) (IEEE VIS 2018).


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