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Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Computer Graphics home page!
The UW Graphics Group is led by Profs. Mike Gleicher and Eftychios Sifakis.

[previous lab photo: 2014]

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UW Graphics Lab at SIGGRAPH 2015

We recently returned from SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

We presented our work on simulating plastic surgery procedures and sketching of space-time curves for character animation:

Nathan Mitchell, Court Cutting, and Eftychios Sifakis. GRIDiron: An Interactive Authoring and Cognitive Training Foundation for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Procedures. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 34(4), pp. 43:1–43:12, 2015.

Martin Guay, Remi Ronfard, Michael Gleicher, and Marie-Paule Cani. Space-Time Sketching of Character Animation. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 34(4), pp. 118:1–118:10, 2015.

We also presented a poster, where Danny’s work was selected as a finalist and won first place in the Student Research Competition! Many congratualations to Danny, who will join the lab as a graduate student in the upcoming semester.

Daniel Rakita, Tomislav Pejsa, Bilge Mutlu, and Michael Gleicher. Inferring Gaze Shifts from Captured Body Motion.  ACM SIGGRAPH 2015 Posters, n. 77, pp. 77:1, 2015.



UW Graphics Lab at VIS 2014

We just returned from the IEEE VIS 2014 conference in Paris, France.

We presented two full papers:

Michael Correll and Michael Gleicher. Error Bars Considered Harmful: Exploring Alternate Encodings for Mean and Error. (InfoVis track)

Eric Alexander, Joe Kohlmann, Robin Valenza, Michael Witmore, and Michael Gleicher. Serendip: Topic Model-Driven Visual Exploration of Text Corpora. (VAST track)

We also presented three workshop papers:

Michael Correll, Eric Alexander, Danielle Albers Szafir, Alper Sarikaya, and Michael Gleicher. “Navigating Reductionism and Holism in Evaluation.” (BELIV 2014: Beyond Time and Errors – Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization)

Michael Correll and Michael Gleicher. “Data Are Secular, Not Sacred.” (DECISIVe : Dealing With Cognitive Biases in Visualizations)

Michael Gleicher. “Towards Comprehensible Predictive Modeling.” (Workshop on Visualization for Predictive Analytics)

And Michael Gleicher was a panelist for “Bridging the Gap: Translating Perception and Cognition Expertise into Visualization Research and Practice.”


The Graphics Lab recently returned from the IS&T 22nd Color and Imaging  Conference (CIC 2014) in Boston, MA. We presented two papers:

Danielle Albers Szafir, Maureen Stone, and Michael Gleicher. Adapting Color Difference for Design.

Maureen Stone, Danielle Albers Szafir, and Vidya Setlur. An Engineering Model for Color Discriminability as a Function of Size.

in conjunction with Tableau Research. “Adapting Color Difference for Design” was voted Best Student Paper. It was a wonderful opportunity to present our visualization work to and gain insights from the color science community!


UW Graphics Lab at VSS 2014

The graphics lab recently returned from the Vision Science Society’s Annual Meeting (VSS 2014) in St. Pete’s Beach, FL. We presented one poster

Danielle Albers, Michael Correll, Michael Gleicher, and Steve Franconeri. Ensemble Processing of Color and Shape: Beyond Mean Judgments.

in conjunction with the Northwestern Visual Cognition Lab. It was a wonderful opportunity to present our visualization work with and gain insights from the vision science community!


UW Graphics Lab at CHI 2014

In May, the graphics lab participated in the 2014 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014) in Toronto, Ontario. We presented:

Danielle Albers, Michael Correll, and Michael Gleicher. Task-Driven Evaluation of Aggregation in Time Series Visualization.

It was a great opportunity to explore what’s happening in both the visualization and broader HCI community!