Unversity of San Francisco

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco. I am also the Graduate Director for the Masters in Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program, and teach courses for the Masters in Science in Analytics (MSAN) program.


DVSS Welcomes Anita Lillie on 09/25!   Posted 16 Sep 2014

The Data Visualization Speaker Series presents:
Anita Lillie: How to Craft a Data Story

We are excited and honored to have the amazing Anita Lillie give a presentation at USF as part of the Data Visualization Speaker Series!

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2015
Location: McLaren Conference Center, Room 252
Schedule: 6:30 – 7:00pm Doors Open, Socializing, Food, Drinks
  7:00 – 8:00pm Speaker's Presentation
  8:00 – 9:00pm Q&A, More Socializing

Talk Abstract

Crafting a data story: A step-by-step walk through the data visualization creation process
Anita’s talk will focus on techniques for crafting intuitive, empathetic data visualizations. Using real examples from her own experience, Anita will demonstrate strategies to make better data visualizations.

Speaker Bio

Anita Lillie is a data interface designer, developer, and visualization specialist. She has worked in a wide range of fields, including genetics (Stanford), music (MIT), mobile (Nokia Research), social networks (LinkedIn), and healthcare (Practice Fusion), and most recently as a consultant to some awesome data startups. Anita has a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science from Stanford and a Masters from the MIT Media Lab.

Anita currently works on the data science team at Practice Fusion, a health technology company in San Francisco. When she isn't working, Anita is usually on a bike trail near Skyline, climbing rocks, or eating dessert.



We ask that members of the public register with the Visualize My Data Meetup. USF faculty, staff, and students do not need to register. See the USF Calendar for more details.

Sneak Peak: Data Visualization Speaker Series   Posted 15 Sep 2014

The Data Visualization Speaker Series is excited to welcome 2 speakers for Fall 2014: Anita Lille on September 25, 2014 and Andy Kirk on Thursday October 23, 2014.

We will be launching a new website with details soon!

VizSec Poster Session   Posted 15 Sep 2014

Consider submitting a poster abstract to VizSec 2014! Abstracts are due on September 19, 2014.

VizSec will be held in Paris, France on November 10, 2014 in conjunction with IEEE VIS. VizSec brings together researchers and practitioners in information visualization and security to address the specific needs of the cyber security community through new and insightful visualization techniques. See vizsec.org for details.

Big Data Visualization Meetup   Posted 08 May 2014

I will be speaking at the Big Data Visualisation - South Bay meetup on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. My talk will be:

How Good People Make Bad Graphs: Unintentional Fibbing with Visualization

Reasonable goals can often result in incredibly misleading visualizations. This talk will show several examples illustrating how easy (and how dangerous) it is to lie with data visualization, and discuss some of the goals that may have led to that result. Then, we will explore how to rework those visualizations to still achieve those goals without distorting our perception of the data.

Visit the Event Archives for the slides and recording from the meetup.

Data Visualization Speaker Series   Posted 25 Apr 2014

The Data Visualization Speaker Series presents:

Reza Ali
Designing Visualizations and Interfaces with Code

Monday, April 28, 2014
6:30pm to 9:00pm
McLaren, Room 250

Reza's talk will explore the process of designing and implementing interfaces and generative visualizations. He will showcase his most recent works and address the aesthetic considerations and challenges involved in creating each piece.


6:30 – 7:15Doors open, socializing, food, drinks
7:15 – 8:15Speaker's presentation
8:15 – 9:00More socializing, Q&A

Bio: Reza is a computational designer and creative engineer. He uses code to express himself, and creates tools and libraries to help others create. He is the author of ofxUI, one of the most popular add-ons for openFrameworks (an arts-engineering toolkit). Though his works is highly visual, he is interested in the ideas and implications of his tools, works, and methodology. As an artist and engineer he is deeply interested in the feedback cycle that occurs when customs tools are written to accomplish an artwork, and how those tools can enable artworks to go beyond what the artist had originally envisioned. Reza is excited to find those happy accidents, beautiful moments of interaction and magic that comes with making something novel with technology. He hopes to change the world by making a difference in how people use technology, design products and experience new media art and entertainment.

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