Advisory Board

Gary Berg-Cross Gary Berg-Cross <> is a Cognitive Psychologist (SUNY Stony Brook) & has taught at several colleges (SUNY, Widener, Delaware GW, GMU etc.), but is now semi-retired from a professional life that included R&D in applied knowledge engineering, collaboration and AI. Major thrusts of work included reusable knowledge, vocabularies and semantic interoperability achieved through semantic analysis, formalization, capture in knowledge tools and access through Web Sites. For the last 10 years Gary has had a dual focus on the semantics needed to understand the semantics of enterprise knowledge and on the advancement of general understanding of the developmental process for cognition. Gary is a Co-Principal Investigator on a 3 year NSF sponsored SOCoP-INTEROP Project: Spatial Ontology Community of Practice: an Interdisciplinary Network to Support Geospatial Data Sharing, Integration and Interoperability (SOCoP-INTEROP Project). The aim is to help Geo-Scientist collaborate and share data using semantic web technology (e.g. Ontologies).
Bob Bishop Bob Bishop <> spent 40 years in the technical, engineering and scientific computing business, and was responsible for building and operating the international aspects of Silicon Graphics Inc., Apollo Computer Inc., and Digital Equipment Corporation. To accomplish this task, he lived with his family in five countries: USA, Australia, Japan, Germany and Switzerland. He was Chairman and CEO of SGI from 1999 to 2005. Today, Bishop remains involved in a broad range of global initiatives: he is a Fellow of the Australian Davos Connection and is an elected member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. He serves on the advisory panels for National ICT Australia (NICTA), the Multimedia Super Corridor in Malaysia, University Tenaga Nasional in Malaysia (Uniten), UCLA's Laboratory for Neural Imaging (LONI), and EPFL’s Blue Brain simulation project. Bishop earned a B.S. (First Class Honors) in mathematical physics from the University of Adelaide, Australia, an M.S. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, and received his D.S. honoris causa from the University of Queensland. In 2006, Dr. Bishop was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for his role in delivering simulation facilities that helped NASA’s space shuttle fleet return-to-flight after the 2003 Columbia disaster. Bishop is Chairman and Founder of BBWORLD Consulting Services Sàrl and President of The ICES Foundation, both Geneva-based organizations.
Kevin Boyack Kevin Boyack <> is President of SciTech Strategies, Inc., and has been with the company since summer of 2007. Previously he spent 17 years at Sandia National Laboratories where he worked in various areas including combustion (experimental and modeling), transport processes, socio-economic war gaming, and science mapping. Since joining SciTech his work has centered on developing more accurate global maps of science. He has published nearly 30 articles dealing with various aspects of science mapping and related metrics. Current interests include detailed mapping of the structure and dynamics of science and technology, application of full text to science mapping and bibliometrics, and the identification of emerging topics.
Donna Cox Donna J. Cox, MFA, PhD, is the first Michael Aiken Chair, Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Director of the Illinois eDream Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a recognized pioneer in Renaissance Teams and supercomputer visualizations for public outreach (visaphors). She and her collaborators have thrilled millions with cinematic science and virtual tours through astrophysics, atmospheric science, oceanography, mathematics and other data domains in science educational productions that include high-definition television, digital Museum exhibits and planetarium shows, and IMAX movies. They have collaborated on public outreach with the American Museum of Natural History, California Academy of Science, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. Cox was Art Director and Producer for Scientific Visualization for the science educational IMAX film "Cosmic Voyage," nominated for 1997 Academy Award and funded by National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institute, and the Motorola Foundation. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry selected Donna Cox as one of 40 modern Leonardo DaVinci’s. She was SIGGRAPH Director at large for four years and SIGGRAPH 2005 Emerging Technologies Chair. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Leonardo. As Director of the eDream Institute, she is working with Illinois campus leadership to build a new interdisciplinary academic research and education program.
Bonnie DeVarco Bonnie DeVarco <> is an interdisciplinary researcher, writer and curator and is a Media X Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. She writes and lectures on Design Science, virtual worlds, next generation geographic information systems, information visualization and the culture of cyberspace. Bonnie has served as an education technology consultant for the past 20 years (PBS, AIANY Center for Architecture, San Diego and Imperial County Boards of Education, James Burke's Knowledge Web, UC Santa Cruz, UCOP, the Buckminster Fuller Institute, DigitalSpace, Silicon Graphics and others). She is founder of VLearn3D, the first international networking hub for educators using multi-user worlds in education 1998-2005. She has regularly produced educational events in cyberspace and in distributed physical locations and leads efforts to research, explore and develop new opportunities for telecollaboration, visualization, education and environmental action using advanced satellite and network technologies, visualization and open source tools. Bonnie serves on a variety of boards and advisory boards, including Contact Consortium, NextNow Collaboratory, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Prize. She served as archivist for the Buckminster Fuller collection from 1989-1995 and is completing a book on Fuller titled Invisible Architecture II. She is currently co-authoring Shape of Thought, on the history and evolution of visual language, with Eileen Clegg and is co-editing a book on Ludic Cartography with Matteo Bittanti and Dr. Henry Lowood.
Sara Fabrikant Sara Irina Fabrikant <> a Swiss mapematician, is currently an Associate Professor of Geography and head of the Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA) group at the GIScience Center < /aboutus/> at the Geography Department of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her research and teaching interests lie in geographic information visualization (geovis), GIScience and cognition, graphical user interface design and dynamic cartography.She received an M.S. in geography from the University of Zurich and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to study Geographic Information Science for one academic year at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1993. She publishes in a variety of GIScience/geovis related journals and is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of Cartographic Perspectives, Cartographica, Revue Internationale de Géomatique, and Transactions in GIS, in addition to her Program Committee memberships for various GIScience/geovis related conferences ( e.g., GIScience, COSIT, InfoVis (UK), Diagrams, etc.). She has made various presentations (in English and in German) at national and international professional meetings, including invited keynotes and other lectures at universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand. Other service include an elected post on the council of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe, and memberships of the Association of American Geographers, the International Cartographic Association's Commission on Visualization and Virtual Environments, the North American Cartographic Information Society, and the Swiss Society of Cartography.
Marjorie M.K. Hlava Marjorie M.K. Hlava <> is President, Chairman, and founder of Access Innovations, Inc. Very well known in the international information arena, she is the founding Chair of the new SLA Taxonomy Division established in August 2009. She is past president of NFAIS (2002-2003), the organization of those who create, organize, and distribute information. Ms. Hlava is past president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - 1993 (ASIST) and the 1996 recipient of ASIST's prestigious Watson Davis Award, current Chair of the SLA taxonomy Division (2009 - 2010), twice a member of the Board of Directors of SLA (formerly known as the Special Libraries Association) where she was presented the Presidents Award for her standards work, 5 year member of the Board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), past president of ASIDIC, past President of the Board of Documentation Abstracts, and has held numerous other positions in these and other organizations. She has published more than two hundred articles and books on information science topics. She was a member of the Z39.19 2005 Controlled Vocabulary and the Z39.84 Dublin Core standard development teams. She serves on the Content Board for NISO, is a member of NKOS. Her research areas include furthering the productivity of content creation and the governance layer for information access through automated indexing, thesaurus development, taxonomy creation, natural language processing, machine translations, and machine aided indexing. She has given countless presentations domestically and internationally, including keynote addresses. She has given workshops and lectures on thesaurus development, taxonomy creation, natural language processing, machine translations, and machine aided indexing, and other knowledge organization systems (KOS) topics.

Peter A. Hook

Peter A. Hook <> is currently a doctoral student at Indiana University--Bloomington where he is a member of Dr. Katy Börner's Information Visualization Laboratory. He has a J.D. from the University of Kansas (1997) and a M.S.L.I.S. from The University of Illinois (2000). Prior to doctoral study, he was a law librarian for four years. His primary research focus is information visualization. Particular interests include the visualization of knowledge organization systems, concept mapping, and the spatial navigation of bibliographic data in which the underlying structural organization of the domain is conveyed to the user. Additional interests include social network theory, knowledge organization systems, and legal bibliometrics and informatics.

Manuel Lima Manuel Lima <> is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009", and a Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing and founder of - A visual exploration on mapping complex networks. Prior to joining Microsoft, Manuel worked as a Senior User Experience Designer at Nokia and Senior Interaction Designer at the leading digital agency R/GA. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design, New York. During the course of the MFA program, Manuel worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency. Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and a frequent speaker in conferences and schools around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Reboot, VizThink, IxDA Interaction, Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, MediaLab Prado Madrid. For a complete list of talks, click here.
Deborah MacPherson Deborah MacPherson <> works in specifications and research at Cannon Design an architectural/engineering firm specializing in healthcare, research laboratories, universities, and sports facilities. She is also projects director for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Accuracy & Aesthetics, president elect of the Northern Virginia Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) chapter, and an active participant with the buildingSMART alliance (bSa), National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS), OmniClass Development Committee (OCCS) a strategy for classifying the built environment, and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Deborah is an advocate for interdisciplinary communication for the general public, and linking open data about the built environment using the semantic web. Places & Spaces is particularly interesting because of the possibilities to tie science to specific buildings and places around the world.

Lev Manovich Lev Manovich <> is a Professor in the computer science program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he teaches courses in social and cultural computing and big data, visualization, and digital humanities. He also directs Software Studies Initiative at California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. (CALIT2). Manovich is the author of Software Takes Command (Olivares: Milan; English version released under CC license, 2008), Black Box - White Cube (Merve Verlag Berlin, 2005), Soft Cinema DVD (The MIT Press, 2005), The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001), Metamediji (Belgrade, 2001), Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture (Chicago University Press, 1993) as well as over 100 articles which have been published in 30 countries and reprinted over 400 times. In 2007 Manovich founded Software Studies Initiative. The lab is developing a new paradigm of Cultural Analytics: data analysis and interactive visualization of patterns and trends in media and visual cultures. Manovich has been working with computer media as am artist, computer animator, designer, and programmer since since 1984. His art projects have been presented by, among others, Chelsea Art Museum (New York), ZKM, The Walker Art Center, KIASMA, Centre Pompidou, and the ICA (London).

Carlo Ratti Carlo Ratti <> is an architect and engineer by training, practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Ratti has co-authored over 200 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. He has been included in Esquire Magazine's Best and Brightest list, in Blueprint Magazine's 25 People who will Change the World of Design and in Forbes Magazine's People you need to know in 2011. Ratti was a presenter at TED 2011 and is serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Urban Management. He is a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. He has also written as an op-ed contributor for BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The New York Times.
Eric Rodenbeck Eric Rodenbeck <> is Stamen's founder and creative director. He has been working in and on and around interactive design since 1997, working to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization. Eric led the interactive storytelling and data-driven narrative effort at Quokka Sports, illustrated and designed at Wired Magazine and Wired Books, and was a co-founder of the design collective Umwow. He is a sought-after speaker and has lectured and spoken at Yale University, Columbia University, the University of Southern California, numerous O'Reilly technology conferences, Esther Dyson's PC Forum, OFF in Barcelona, Lift in Jeju, South Korea, and South by Southwest, among others. Eric was born in New York City, where he studied architecture at Cooper Union, put himself through school by drawing plans for office spaces at the World Trade Center, managing numerous New York farmers' markets, drafting architectural ornaments in the stoneyard of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and working summers for Kenneth Snelson. He received a B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Technology from The New School for Social Research in 1994. In 2008 he was named one of Esquire Magazine's "Best and Brightest" new designers and thinkers, and one of ID Magazine's top 40 designers to watch. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.
Andre Skupin Andre Skupin <> is Professor of Geography at San Diego State University. He received a Master's degree in Cartography at the Technical University Dresden, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During his graduate studies he performed research at the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). He has worked in the geographic information systems (GIS) industry in Germany, the United States, and South Africa. Dr. Skupin's core research area is the application of geographic metaphors, cartographic principles, and computational methods in the visualization of non-geographic information. His research is strongly interdisciplinary, aimed especially at increased cross-fertilization between geography, information science, and computer science. For example, he has developed new approaches to create map-like knowledge domain visualizations on the basis of high-dimensional vector space models and artificial neural networks. Recent work includes novel methods for visualizing human movement and demographic change as trajectories in n-dimensional attribute space.
Mortiz Stefaner Moritz Stefaner <> works as a freelance designer on the crossroads of data visualization, information aesthetics and user interface design. With a background in Cognitive Science (B.Sc. with distinction, University of Osnabrueck) and Interface Design (M.A., University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), his work beautifully balances analytical and aesthetic aspects in mapping abstract and complex phenomena. He is especially interested in the visualization of large scale human activity. In 2010, he was nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and his work has been exhibited at SIGGRAPH and ars electronica. He has co-authored books for publishers like O’Reilly and Springer and has spoken and lectured on numerous occasions on the topic of information visualization. Find his personal portfolio at, he also blogs at and

Stephen Uzzo Stephen Uzzo <> is currently Vice President of Science and Technology for the New York Hall of Science in New York City where he works on a number of exhibit and program development projects related to STEM learning, scientific visualization, sustainability and network science including “Connections: the Nature of Networks” a public exhibition on network science that opened in 2004. He was also the local organizer for the 2007 International Conference and Workshop on Network Science and leads high school research programs on network science and STEM learning. Dr. Uzzo also serves on the faculty of the NYIT Graduate School of Education, where he teaches STEM teaching and learning. During the 1980’s he worked on a number of media and technology projects. In 1981 he was part of the launch team for Mtv and was appointed chief engineer for video/computer graphics production and distance learning networks for New York Institute of Technology Video Center in 1984. Other projects during that period included the first all digital satellite television transmission, best practices group for NBC Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, and a team of scientists and engineers at Princeton's Space Studies Institute to develop and test lunar teleoperations simulators. During the 1990s Dr. Uzzo facilitated major STEM initiatives among K-12 public/private schools, higher education and government to improve STEM literacy. His work on various projects important to conservation includes environmental studies that were instrumental in blocking offshore oil drilling in New York waters and a cross sound bridge in Oyster Bay, as well as cleanup planning for superfund sites. He has worked on preservation and open space education projects on Long Island and the San Francisco Bay Peninsula.
Caroline Wagner Caroline Wagner <> is an expert in the field of science and technology and its association to policy, society, and innovation, holds the Wolf Chair at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Wagner received her Master of Arts degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University and earned her doctorate from the University of Amsterdam in Science and Technology Dynamics. Her career in science policy has spanned more than thirty years. At The RAND Corporation, she was deputy to the director of the Science & Technology Policy Institute, a research center serving the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her service in the United States federal government, Includes serving as a professional staff member for the U.S. Congress Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and for the United States State Department. She has also been a senior analyst at SRI International and a research scientist at George Washington University. She has been an advisor to the European Commission, the World Bank, the United States National Science Foundation, the Organization for Economic and several other governments. At the United Nations Millennium Development Task Force on Science, Technology, and Innovation, she took part in the task force’s report as its primary author. An Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Wagner is the North American editor of the Science & Public Policy Journal. She is also the author of the book “The New Invisible College: Science for Development.”
Benjamin Wiederkehr Benjamin Wiederkehr <> is a user experience designer with a focus on data visualization and interface design. He is founding partner and managing director of Interactive Things, an user experience design and information visualization studio he established in 2010 together with Christian Siegrist and Jeremy Stucki. The Zurich based team designs and implements interactive products and information visualizations in the areas of education, government, publishing, finance and communication. Interactive Things is also part of the Open Government Data task force in Switzerland ( On, Benjamin provides insight into his research and working process as well as he documents topical use cases in the field of data visualization. His work and research interests center around narrative visualization and knowledge visualization and cartography.

Former Advisors

Chaomei Chen Chaomei Chen <> is Associate Professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University and Visiting Professor in th School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics at Brunel University. His research includes information visualization, detecting and visualizing evolving scientific paradigms and knowledge diffusion, visual navigation in hypertext and digital libraries, and human-computer interaction. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Information Visualization, published quarterly by Palgrave Macmillan. He is the author of Information Visualization: Beyond the Horizon (Springer, 2004) and Mapping Scientific Frontiers: The Quest for Knowledge Visualization (Springer, 2003).

Dawn Wright Dawn Wright <> is professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. Her research interests include geographic information science, marine geography, tectonics of mid-ocean ridges, and the processing and interpretation of high-resolution bathymetric, video, and underwater photographic images. As director of the Davey Jones Locker Seafloor Mapping/Marine GIS Laboratory ( at OSU, she and her students develop 3-D visualizations of the seafloor, GIS tools for benthic terrain characterization, and most recently, ontologies and semantics distributed oceanographic databases. Dawn serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Transactions in GIS, and Geospatial Solutions, as well as on the National Academy of Sciences' National Needs for Coastal Mapping and Charting Committee. Her most recent books include Undersea with GIS (ESRI Press, 2002), Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems (with D. Bartlett, Taylor & Francis, 2000), and Place Matters: Geospatial Tools for Marine Science, Conservation, and Management in the Pacific Northwest (with A. Scholz, Oregon State University Press, 2005).

Former Curators

Michael Stamper Michael J. Stamper was the Senior Graphic Designer and co-curator of the Places & Spaces exhibit from January 2011 to August 2012. Michael graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Graphic Design and History of Art. He also holds a Master's of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. In the time Michael spent with us, he focused on combining visual design principles to data sets that pertain to science and creating useful visualizations that are easily understood as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Elisha Hardy Elisha Hardy was the Senior Graphic Designer and co-curator of the Places & Spaces exhibit. She graduated from Indiana University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a focus on Graphic Design. She has been with the project since June 2005. She has been involved in the design of many of the maps from each iteration as well as posters, handouts, postcards and other designs for the exhibit. She served as a curator of the exhibit from October 2007 to December 2010.
Julie Smith (now Julie Davis) was the co-curator of the Places & Spaces exhibit from August 2006 - August 2007. She recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and Anthropology from Indiana University where her undergraduate thesis work focused on developing better interpretation of remote sensing data in Archaeological fieldwork. She has a strong interest in seeing the knowledge we ‘discover’ in research institutions and universities made better available to the general public in more universally comprehensible forms. She has explored this interest in the past while working with local museums creating presentations of history and archaeological research, and is excited about working with the Places and Spaces exhibit because of the broad potential it offers to introduce the public to science research.