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.


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.

I will post slides here after 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.

Graduate Advising   Posted 30 Mar 2014

Graduate advising is approaching! Please check the CS Graduate Students website on Canvas for details.

During the advising period, my office hours will be shifted to make time for one-on-one advising appointments. Please always check my calendar for my latest office hour times.

Open Classroom   Posted 26 Feb 2014

The Center of Teaching Excellence open classroom focus this semester is educational technology, and I am one of the hosts this semester. All faculty members are welcome to sign up for a visit (either to the classroom, or one-on-one with me to see the "behind the scenes" look)!

Rescheduling Office Hours   Posted 29 Jan 2014

My office hours next week will be Thu 2/06 and Fri 2/07 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm instead of at the normal time. My office hours on Wed 2/12 are also canceled. You are still welcome to stop in any time my door is open, or contact me to schedule an appointment.

My normal office hour schedule will resume on Wed 2/19.

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