jeffrey michael heer

Associate Professor
Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

Co-Founder & CXO, Trifacta

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

UW Interactive Data Lab
Twitter: @jeffrey_heer
Google Scholar

Admin: Lisa Merlin
Tel: +1 206 543 9958

Office Hours
By appointment


Spring 2017
CSE442 Data Visualization
Winter 2017
HCID520 User Interface Software

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The mission of my research lab is to enhance people's ability
to understand and communicate data through the design of
new interactive systems for data visualization and analysis.

We study the perceptual, cognitive, and social factors
affecting data analysis in order to empower a diverse range
of people to more effectively work with data.

latest + greatest
Vega: declarative languages for interactive data visualization.
Interactive visualization tools for exploratory analysis and design, powered by Vega and Vega-Lite.
Reverse-engineering visualizations using computer vision techniques to automatically interpret chart images.
Scalable visualization: systems and experiments for low-latency interaction with massive data sets.
A few years ago I presented A Brief History of Data Visualization at the Stanford HCI seminar. You can find a number of other talks online if you stalk me on YouTube.
… and a bunch of other stuff
Data-Driven Documents (D3) for web-based visualization. D3 builds upon our earlier Protovis language.
Data wrangling tools for scalable, interactive data transformation. Now commercialized as Trifacta.
Adaptive language translation tools that interleave human & machine translation. Now developed by Lilt.
Text analysis & visualization for large-scale text mining, model assessment, and interactive machine learning.
Graphical perception studies to inform more effective visualization design.
Social data analysis via collaborative, interactive visualizations on the web.