VisCenter News

Date Published: Wed, 2016-09-07

The Data Visualization Center at UNC Charlotte is looking for well qualified PhD and postdoctoral scholars under the supervision of Dr Ashit Talukder, Bank of America Endowed Chair and director of the Data Visualization Center, to work on NSF-funded and other federally funded research programs. The research areas can broadly be categorized into 2 areas:

  • Big Data Tools and Infrastructure R&D (see attached file here for more details on the postdoc positions and more details on the phd openings in this area here)
  • Data Science and Analytics algorithms  (see attached file here for more details)
Details of the desired qualifications and research areas for applicants are in the attached documents above. Applicants should send their detailed resume, statement of interest, and associated documents to Dr Ashit Talukder (Email: with the subject line: Phd (Postdoc) openings in Big Data at UNC Data Visualization Center.
The announcement has also been posted on , a worldwide resource on Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining, and Data Science Resources.

Date Published: Tue, 2016-08-30

Dr Ashit Talukder, Bank of America Endowed Chair and  Director of Charlotte Data Visualization Center, was selected for a $4 Million grant award by National Science Foundation (NSF) under the NSF-CISE/ACI-Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) solicitation. Dr Talukder is the Principal Investigator for this multi-institution, large program award, with multiple institutions as sub-awardees under UNC Charlotte, including Caltech, Jet Propulson Laboratory/NASA, DOE Berkeley National Labs, Carnegie Mellon University, LSU, UNT, FSU and many UNC Charlotte faculty as  part of this large-scale project consortium.  

The large scale awards via NSF-DIBBS are highly selective, and extremely competitive. The objective of this large-scale R&D program is to design and demonstrate novel data infrastructure building blocks that will enable paradigm shifts in Big Data R&D and data-driven discovery and innovation across multiple disciplines.
This award provides a unique opportunity for UNC Charlotte as an institution, and the UNC Charlotte Data Visualization Center, to lead, research and develop a novel, cutting-edge Data Science , Big Data, and Data and Visual Analytics paradigm at the national scale, with a national footprint, and international impact.

Date Published: Wed, 2015-12-16

William Ribarsky has been named Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Transactions Operations Committee, with oversight over 20 Transactions, and member of the IEEE CS Publications Board. The Computer Society, the largest of the 39 IEEE Technical societies, has over 60,000 members from more than 168 countries. The IEEE Transactions are considered Tier 1 journals and several are the leading journals in their fields. Dr. Ribarsky will lead the Committee in strengthening and unifying the operations of the Transactions, extending their reach, and establishing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations among fields.

Date Published: Wed, 2015-04-22

Dr. William Ribarsky, VisCenter Director, has been awarded the 2015 First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal. Nominees must focus on the excellence and importance of sustained contributions in research and creative activities, including work done over a substantial period of time at UNC Charlotte. This is the top research and scholarship award bestowed by UNC Charlotte.To view a video on Dr. Ribarsky and his accomplishments, click here.

 “I am greatly honored to receive the 2015 First Citizens Bank Scholar Medal,” says Dr. Ribarsky. “But I must acknowledge that the award would not have been possible without the contributions of the VisCenter core faculty members plus the students and postdocs with whom I have worked. I share this honor with them.”

UNC Charlotte presents the award each year, with support from First Citizens Bank, in order to recognize and foster the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and creative endeavors.


Date Published: Mon, 2015-02-23

VAiRoma (Visual Analytics in Rome) is a tool that tells the whole story of Rome across its entire 3,000 year history, from a village on the Tiber to a vast empire to the capital of a modern state and seat of the Roman Catholic Church. It does this by organizing, in a meaningful way, a disorganized collection of over 189,000 articles on all aspects of Rome, its people, its geography and climate, and so on. Click this to view VAiRoma. All the capabilities of VAiRoma are available via a Web interface so that anyone anywhere can build her own personal history of Rome or add to a general history. We will be using VAiRoma in a variety of educational and scholarly settings, including for a large community of citizen scholars.

Date Published: Wed, 2013-10-02

Dr. Zhang's research is on the interface of medical imaging informatics, large-scale visual understanding and machine learning, including novel segmentation, modeling, and scalable data analytics.

Date Published: Tue, 2013-10-01

Dr. Ge is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. His research interests include data mining, recommender systems, and business analytics.

Date Published: Sun, 2013-09-01

Dan Janies, the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics,  has joined the VisCenter as a faculty member. His research areas are studies of organismal diversity and the spread of pathogens with respect to geography and hosts.

Date Published: Wed, 2013-08-28

NEW! See rich videos on many VisCenter projects here.




Date Published: Thu, 2013-08-01

Xiaoyu WangXiaoyu Wang joins Zach Wartell as a VisCenter Associate Director

Date Published: Wed, 2013-07-03

Wlodek ZadroznyWlodek Zadrozny has joined the VisCenter as a faculty member. His research areas are natural language understanding and deep question answering.

Date Published: Wed, 2013-05-01

School officials with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte presented Lincoln County first-responders Monday morning with a new smartphone application researchers primarily developed for pinpointing suspects and other locations within a building in order to more quickly safeguard members of public safety agencies and the community during an emergency-type situation.

Date Published: Fri, 2011-12-23


Date Published: Thu, 2011-12-22

Zachary Wartell has accepted the position of Associate Director of the Charlotte Visualization Center. Dr. Wartell will oversee administrative functions of the VisCenter as well as the seminar series, student's travel grants, distinguished lecturers, workshops, and other VisCenter activities. Assisting Dr. Wartell will be other core VisCenter faculty who help run the VisCenter Lab and associated facilities within the College of Computing and Informatics. These include Celine Latulipe, Heather Lipford, Aidong Lu, KR Subramanian, and Jing Yang.

"As the VisCenter matures, it is both natural and healthy that its leadership changes and expands as well," Bill Ribarsky, Director of the Charlotte Visualization Center, said. "Zach Wartell and the core VisCenter faculty, along with the other VisCenter faculty members, will provide new depth and breadth to the center’s research, applications, and programs."

Date Published: Wed, 2011-12-21

We have updated our publications.

Date Published: Sun, 2011-12-11

The VisCenter is a key partner in the Renaissance Computing Initiative (RENCI). This is a partnership among 5 NC universities: UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, UNC Charlotte, Duke, and UNC Asheville. The VisCenter has joined with the Urban Institute and CAGIS to form RENCI@uncc. The thrust of RENCI@uncc is the development of urban growth models for the whole state and novel interactive visualization techniques to enable understanding and decision-making using these complex models. The VisCenter leads the latter effort through the development of the Renaissance Situation Room, located in the VisCenter, which includes a multi-touch table, tiled display, immersive stereoscopic environment, and integrated interaction for all these tools. New interactive visualizations of the urban growth model and related models are displayed and used within this environment. To learn more about RENCI@uncc, click here.

Date Published: Fri, 2011-12-09

Lane Harrison and Roman Pyzh of the Computer Science Department have been awarded DHS Fellowships that will give them 2½ years of support with a stipend of $2300 per month and $1500 per year of travel support for 3 years. Fellowship holders will have summer internships at Pacific Northwest National Lab or another laboratory conducting relevant research. The purpose of the fellowships is to build a cadre of future research and development leaders in science areas relevant to homeland security. The fellowship program is administered by James Foley of Georgia Tech and William Tolone of UNC Charlotte.

Date Published: Sat, 2011-10-01

On October 1, Chancellor Holden Thorpe of UNC Chapel Hill and Chancellor Phil Dubois of UNC Charlotte visited the Charlotte Visualization Center. They visited the Renaissance Situation Room, which is part of the VisCenter and a new facility of RENCI@UNC Charlotte (administered under the auspices of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in collaboration with the VisCenter and CAGIS), to view presentations and demos about collaborative RENCI projects in urban modeling and analysis. Prominent among these projects are visual analytics applications and novel display and interaction methods. The Chancellors came away impressed with all they saw and with the collaborations underway not only at UNC Charlotte but between the Charlotte and Chapel Hill campuses.

Date Published: Fri, 2011-04-01

Woodward 130, Thursday 04/07, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM

Scott Barlowe

The knowledge gained from biology datasets can streamline and speed-up pharmaceutical development. However, computational models generate so much information regarding protein behavior that large-scale analysis by traditional methods is almost impossible. The volume of data produced makes the transition from data to knowledge difficult and hinders biomedical advances. Over two years of collaboration with protein scientists has resulted in a novel visual analytics approach named WaveMap for exploring data generated by a protein flexibility model. WaveMap integrates wavelet analysis, visualizations, and interactions to facilitate the browsing, feature identification, and comparison of protein attributes represented by two-dimensional plots. A fully working prototype of WaveMap is complete and its effectiveness is illustrated by a user scenario. The talk will conclude by explaining current work in subspace exploration and possible future directions.