jeffrey michael heer

Associate Professor
Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

Human-Computer Interaction
& Visualization Groups

642 Paul G. Allen Center, Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98195-2350
Fax: +1 206 543 2969
jheer (at)

Twitter: @jeffrey_heer

Admin: Diane Ronsano
Tel: +1 206 543 2421

Office Hours
By appointment, 642 Allen Center, UW


Winter 2013
CS247 Interaction Design Studio
CS547 HCI Seminar
STS1 Public Life of Science & Tech.
Fall 2012
CS448b Data Visualization

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M.S. Computer Science  University of California, Berkeley
Prefuse: A Software Framework for Interactive Information Visualization
Advisor: James Landay, Second Reader: Marti Hearst

B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  University of California, Berkeley
Honors Program Breadth Area: Cognitive Science
Advisors: Christos Papadimitriou, James Landay



2013 - Present
University of Washington  Seattle, WA
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

2009 - 2013
Stanford University  Stanford, CA
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

2002 - 2008
University of California  Berkeley, CA
Graduate Researcher

Winter 2007
Microsoft Research  Redmond, WA
Research Intern

Summer 2006
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center  Cambridge, MA
Research Intern

Summer 2005
Tableau Software  Seattle, WA
User Interface Development Intern

2002 - 2005
Palo Alto Research Center, Inc.  Palo Alto, CA
Research Consultant

2001 - 2002
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center  Palo Alto, CA
Member of Research Staff

University of California, Psychology Department  Berkeley, CA
Undergraduate Researcher

2000 - 2001
University of California, EECS Department  Berkeley, CA
Undergraduate Researcher

Summer 2000
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center  Palo Alto, CA
Undergraduate Research Intern, User Interface Research Group


Winter 2013
Science, Technology & Society (STS1, Stanford University)
Co-Instructor with Prof. Paula Findlen (History) and Prof. John Willinsky (Educ)

Winter 2013
Human-Computer Interaction Design Studio (CS247, Stanford Computer Science)
Co-Instructor with Prof. Michael Bernstein (CS)

Fall 2012
Data Visualization (CS448B, Stanford Computer Science)

Winter 2012
Human-Computer Interaction Design Studio (CS247, Stanford Computer Science)

Fall 2011
Data Visualization (CS448B, Stanford Computer Science)

Spring 2011
Research Topics in Interactive Data Analysis (CS448G, Stanford Computer Science)

Winter 2011
Human-Computer Interaction Design Studio (CS247, Stanford Computer Science)

Fall 2010
Data Visualization (CS448b, Stanford Computer Science)

Winter 2010
Social Software (CS294h, Stanford Computer Science)

Fall 2009
Data Visualization (CS448b, Stanford Computer Science)

Spring 2009
Research Topics in Human-Computer Interaction (CS376, Stanford Computer Science)

Winter 2009
Data Visualization (CS448b, Stanford Computer Science)

Spring 2006
Visualization (CS294-10, UCB Computer Science)
Co-Instructor with Prof. Maneesh Agrawala

Fall 2005
Information Visualization (IS247, UCB School of Information)
Co-Instructor with Prof. Marti Hearst  Teaching Rating: 6.4/7

Spring 2005
Foundations of New Media (IS146, UCB School of Information)
Graduate Student Instructor with Prof. Marc Davis, Prof. Peter Lyman, and danah boyd

refereed publications

Conference Papers

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Creation and Collaboration: Engaging New Audiences for Information Visualization, Jeffrey Heer, Frank van Ham, Sheelagh Carpendale, Chris Weaver, Petra Isenberg. In Fekete, A. Kerren, C. North, J. T. Stasko (eds), Information Visualization: Human-Centered Issues in Visual Representation, Interaction, and Evaluation, Springer, 2008.

Short Papers

Workshop Papers
The Stanford Post-Editing Corpus: Collection and Analysis, Spence Green, Jeffrey Heer, Christopher D. Manning. AMTA 2012 Workshop on Post-editing Technology and Practice, 2012.

Evaluating Visualizations to Unearth Behavior and Insight, Jeffrey Heer. Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Information Visualization Workshop, ACM CHI, 2008.

Social Flows: A System for Mining Social Topologies from Ego-centric Social Networks, Diana MacLean, Sudheendra Hangal, Seng Keat Teh, Monica S. Lam, Jeffrey Heer. ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), 2010.


unrefereed publications

Dangerous Liaisons, Jeffrey Heer. Ambidextrous Magazine. Issue Four, Summer 2006

Bits, Bäume, und Bilder, Jeffrey Heer. einfach komplex - Bildbäume und Baumbilder in der Wissenschaft. Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, 2005


Apr-Sep 2005
einfach komplex - Bildbäume und Baumbilder in der Wissenschaft
Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland
Curators: Andres Janser, Marius Kwint, Barbara Bader
Exhibited images of the Degree-of-Interest Tree browser and other visualizations.

26 Mar 2005
False Profit: LIQUIDATE
False Profit, San Francisco, CA
Interactive installation of the Vizster social network browser.

8 Mar 2012
The Art of Networks
Florida Institute of Technology
Curator: Isabel Meirelles
Exhibition of the Stanford Dissertation Browser.

invited talks

Interactive Data Analysis
27 Jun 2013
Human-Computer Interaction Consortium Asilomar, CA
31 May 2013
DataEDGE, UCB Information School Berkeley, CA
23 May 2013
Visualization: From Data to Discovery, CalTech/JPL Pasadena, CA
25 Jan 2013
Stanford InfoLab Seminar Palo Alto, CA
9 Jul 2012
GraphLab Workshop San Francisco, CA
20 Jun 2012
Sony Corporation San Diego, CA
29 May 2012
University of Konstanz Konstanz, Germany
19 Apr 2012
UNC Charlotte Charlotte, NC
4 Apr 2012
University of Michigan, School of Information Ann Arbor, MI
2 Apr 2012
University of Michigan, CSE Ann Arbor, MI
29 Mar 2012
University of Washington, CSE Seattle, WA

imMens: Real-Time Visual Querying of Big Data
28 Jan 2013
Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA

Scale out, Open up, Tell it straight: Challenges for visual data analysis
16 Feb 2012
Sequence, Inc. San Francisco, CA
4 Oct 2011
Keynote Address, WikiSym Conference. Mountain View, CA

The Legacy of George Robertson, in 3 Parts
25 Oct 2011
IEEE VisWeek Conferences. Providence, RI

Interactive Tools for Data Transformation and Visualization
12 Jan 2012
Hewlett-Packard Labs. Palo Alto, CA
15 Oct 2011
AIGA Pivot Design Conference. Phoenix, AZ
18 May 2011
IS&T Colloquium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Greenbelt, MD
10 Mar 2011
BayCHI. Palo Alto, CA
22 Oct 2010
NPUC, IBM Almaden Research Centers. Almaden, CA
15 Oct 2010
LinkedIn. Mountain View, CA

Protovis: A Graphical Toolkit for Visualization
3 Aug 2011
Joint Statistical Meetings of the American Statistical Association. Miami Beach, FL

Data Visualisation and Social Cognition
8 Jun 2011
The Economist Ideas Economy - Information. Santa Clara, CA

Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data
22 Mar 2011
The New York Times. New York, NY
25 Feb 2011
NICAR Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference. Raleigh, NC

Crowdsourcing Graphical Perception
19 Jul 2010
SF Crowdsourcing Work Meetup. San Francisco, CA

Designing Languages for Data Visualization
12 Jul 2010
Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. Redmond, WA
27 Feb 2010
Human-Computer Interaction Consortium. Winter Park, CO

A Brief History of Data Visualization
19 Dec 2011
Cheskin Added Value. Redwood Shores, CA
23 Jun 2010
Lucasfilm. San Francisco, CA
22 Apr 2010
HCI Seminar, University of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign, IL
13 Mar 2010
Stanford Workshop on Diagrammatic Reasoning. Palo Alto, CA
1 Feb 2010
Stanford Cognition and Language Research Workshop. Palo Alto, CA
6 Mar 2009
Seminar on People, Computers, and Design, Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA

Interactive Data Analysis
3 Jun 2010
Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab Retreat. Santa Cruz, CA

Voyagers and Voyeurs: Supporting Social Data Analysis
30 Jul 2009
Computational Journalism Workshop, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Stanford, CA
30 Jun 2009
SIGMOD Invited Session on HCI with Information. Providence, RI
12 Mar 2009
IBM Almaden Research Center. Almaden, CA
5 Jan 2009
Keynote Address, Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR). Monterey, CA

Commentary on 'Living Laboratories'
7 Feb 2009
Human-Computer Interaction Consortium. Winter Park, CO

Reflections on Visualization System Design
4 Dec 2008
VisMaster Workshop on Visual Analytics Software Architectures. Paris, France

Voyagers and Voyeurs: Supporting Collaborative Information Visualization
3 Dec 2008
Paris HCI/InfoVis Seminar. Paris, France
25 Sep 2008
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. Giheung-gu, South Korea
17 Apr 2008
Pixar. Emeryville, CA
15 Apr 2008
Nokia Research Lab. Palo Alto, CA
18 Mar 2008
University of Toronto. Toronto, ON
11 Mar 2008
University of Washington. Seattle, WA
6 Mar 2008
Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. Palo Alto, CA
27 Feb 2008
Brown University. Providence, RI
25 Feb 2008
MIT Media Lab. Cambridge, MA
21 Feb 2008
Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA
11 Feb 2008
Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA
4 Feb 2008
Harvard University. Cambridge, MA
31 Jan 2008
Microsoft Research. Seattle, WA
16 Nov 2007
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Cambridge, MA
15 Nov 2007
Harvard University. Cambridge, MA
14 Nov 2007
HCI Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA.
26 Sep 2007
PowerSet, Inc. San Francisco, CA
29 Jun 2007
Yahoo! Research Berkeley Brain Jam. Berkeley, CA
23 Jun 2007
O'Reilly FOO Camp. Sebastopol, CA
19 Jun 2007
Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA
28 May 2007
Human-Centered Issues in Information Visualization. Schloß Dagstuhl, Germany
12 Apr 2007
DUB Seminar, University of Washington. Seattle, WA

Sensemaking and Information Visualization Panel
23 Feb 2008
Symposium on Computation and Journalism, Georgia Tech. Atlanta, GA

6 Mar 2006
CME340: Computational Methods in Data Mining. Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA
25 Apr 2005
CME340: Computational Methods in Data Mining. Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA

Vizster: Visualizing Online Social Networks
14 Feb 2006
BayCHI: The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of ACM SIGCHI. Palo Alto, CA

Presiding Over Accidents: Techniques for Designing Directive Systems
14 Oct 2005
Seminar on People, Computers, and Design, Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA

Exploring Enron: A Sketch of Visual Data Mining of E-Mail Archives
2 Jun 2005
Email Archive Visualization Workshop, HCIL University of Maryland. College Park, MD

190 Lines of Code
5 May 2005
050505: Zoning and Grinding. Center for New Media, University of California. Berkeley, CA

Prefuse: A Toolkit for Interactive Information Visualization
9 Oct 2004
InfoVis 2004 Workshop on Information Visualization Software Architectures. Austin, TX

Undergraduate HCI Projects at UC Berkeley
8 Feb 2000
BayCHI: The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of ACM SIGCHI. Palo Alto, CA

media coverage

24 May 2013

4 Oct 2012

1 Oct 2012

26 Sep 2012

28 Jun 2012
Interview with Jeff Heer. Data Stories.

27 Jun 2012

27 Jun 2012

15 Mar 2012
Microsoft Builds a Browser for Your Past. MIT Technology Review. (Discusses MUSE.)

5 Mar 2012

2 Mar 2012

9 Nov 2011

15 Oct 2011

7 Jun 2011

26 May 2011

19 Apr 2011

18 Feb 2011
Facebook App Reveals Your Social Cliques. MIT Technology Review. (Discusses SocialFlows.)

8 Feb 2011
Strata 2011: Data as Democracy. Information Aesthetics. (Discusses the Stanford Dissertation Browser.)

4 Feb 2011

3 Feb 2011

7 Dec 2010

16 Nov 2010
Humanities Scholars Embrace Digital Technology. New York Times. (Features the Republic of Letters visualization built by my visualization students in collaboration with the Stanford Spatial History Lab.)

27 Sep 2010

7 Sep 2010
Journalism in the Age of Data. Documentary by Geoff McGhee, 2009-10 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellow.

26 Aug 2010
The Data Democracy. UCSC Science Notes 2010.

2 Aug 2010
Beautiful Data (book review, see segment on Chapter 12). Slashdot.

4 Jun 2010

25 Feb 2010

Dec 2009

21 Sep 2009
Chart of the Day II. Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish.

19 Sep 2009
The Rise and Fall of the Secretary. Matthew Yglesias,

28 Aug 2009

25 Jun 2009
Simpler Data Visualization. MIT Technology Review.

21 May 2009

1 Dec 2008 Towards a more social 'social visualization'. Sluijs, J.P. First Monday, 13(12).

16 Jun 2008
Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion. Abelson, H., Ledeen, K., Lewis, H. Addison-Wesley.

10 Mar 2008
Flare: Visualization Tools with Adobe Flash. Adobe Developer Connection.

27 Feb 2008
Computational Journalism Symposium. Information Aesthetics.

25 Feb 2008

3 Mar 2006
Numb3rs. Season 2, Episode 16: "Protest", CBS Television.

30 Jan 2006

16 Jun 2005

13 Jun 2005
Exploring Enron.

7 Jun 2005

professional activities

Technical Papers Chair
IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) 2013

Program Committee
AAAI Human Computation & Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) 2013
ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2011-2012
ACM User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) 2009, 2012
IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) 2007-2009, 2011-2012
IEEE Pacific Visualization 2010
EuroVis 2010-2013
Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) 2009
Int'l Conf on Coordinated & Multiple Views in Exploratory Visualization (CMV) 2007

Posters Chair
IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) 2011-2012

Publications Chair
IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) 2008-2010

Workshop Organizer
CHI 2013 Workshop on Many People, Many Eyes with K. Reinecke, D. Flatla, E. Solovey, C. Gutwin & K. Gajos
CHI 2011 Workshop on Data Collection by the People, for the People with C. Robson, S. Kandel, & J. Pierce
Stanford Media-X 2009 Workshop on Visualization for Collective, Connective & Distributed Intelligence with B. Devarco & Katy Börner
Stanford Media-X 2009 Workshop on Data Visualization: Theory and Practice with D. Kasik & J. Gerth
CHI 2008 Social Data Analysis Workshop with F. B. Viégas, M. Wattenberg, & M. Agrawala
Berkeley Visualization Workshop, 12 May 2006 with M. Agrawala

VLDB 2009 Visualization + Social Data Analysis Tutorial with J. Hellerstein
SIGGRAPH 2008 Computation + Journalism Course with I. Essa, B. Stenger, M. Agrawala, E. Ulken, & C. Sladden

ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2004-2013
ACM User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) 2007-2012
ACM SIGGRAPH 2008-2013
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2009-2010
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interactions (TOCHI) 2009
Human-Computer Interaction Journal 2010
Information Visualization Journal 2010-2013
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) 2008-2012
IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) 2005-2012
IEEE Visualization (Vis) 2006-2011
IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) 2006-2010
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 2004-2010
IEEE Pacific Visualization 2008-2010
EuroVis 2009-2013
World Wide Web Conference (WWW) 2009
Graphics Interface (GI) 2006, 2009-2010
Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics (Eurographics) 2006
Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI) 2004
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) 2003
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) 2007
Journal of Electronic Commerce Research (JECR) 2008

Graduate Admissions, Computer Science Dept, Stanford, 2009-2012
Graduate Admissions, Computer Science Division, UC Berkeley 2004, 2006, 2008

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)


EuroVis Best Paper Award
ACM CHI Best Paper Award

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow
IEEE VAST Best Paper Honorable Mention
ACM CHI Best Paper Nominee

ACM UIST Notable Paper Award
ACM CHI Best Paper Nominee

IEEE InfoVis Best Paper Honorable Mention (x2)
ACM CHI Best Paper Nominee

MIT Technology Review TR35, Innovators Under the Age of 35
C.V. Ramamoorthy Distinguished Research Award, EECS Dept, UC Berkeley
ACM CHI Best Paper Award

Microsoft Graduate Fellowship
IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Outstanding Performance Award, A3I NIMD Team, PARC, Inc.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (declined)
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Finalist

Warren Y. Dere Engineering Design Award, EECS Dept, UC Berkeley
Honors Degree Program, EECS Dept, UC Berkeley