jeffrey michael heer

Associate Professor
Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

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

Interactive Data Lab
Twitter: @jeffrey_heer

Admin: Diane Ronsano
Tel: +1 206 543 2421

Office Hours
By appointment


Winter 2015
HCID520 User Interface Software
Spring 2015
CSE512 Data Visualization


Sep 24-25 Intel, Portland, OR
Sep 29 - Oct 1 Strata, New York, NY
Oct 25-30 VIS, Chicago, IL

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As digital information becomes increasingly cheap and
ubiquitous, how will we keep abreast with the rising tide of
data? My research group investigates the perceptual,
cognitive, and social factors involved in making sense of
large data collections, and develops novel interactive
systems for visual analysis and communication.
latest + greatest
Data-Driven Documents (D3) is a framework for interactive browser-native visualization that builds on the approach of our Protovis language.
Given a bitmap image of a chart, ReVision applies computer vision methods to identify the visualization type, extract the underlying data, and generate redesigned visualizations.
Wrangler is a system for data transformation that combines direct manipulation of data tables with automatic transform inference and preview visualizations.
selected projects

Interactive Visualization Systems

Design tools for visualization.

Data Wrangling

Tools for interactive, mixed-initiative data cleaning and transformation.

Collaborative Visualization

Social data analysis using interactive visualizations on the web.

Graphical Perception

Studying human perception to inform visualization design, often using crowdsourcing methods.

Animation in Data Graphics

Using animation to improve perception
of transitions in data graphics.