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Ribarsky, William

Ribarsky, William

Professor and Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology
Computer Science

Office: Woodward Hall 403-A
Phone: 704-687-8559
William Ribarsky is the Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology at UNC Charlotte and the founding director of the Charlotte Visualization Center. From 2008 till 2014, he was Chair of the Computer Science Department. Dr. Ribarsky is Principal Investigator for the DHS SouthEast Regional Visualization and Analytics Center. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include visual analytics; 3D multimodal interaction; bioinformatics visualization; sustainable system analytics; visual reasoning; and interactive visualization of large-scale information spaces. Dr. Ribarsky is the former Chair and a current Director of the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee. He is also a member of the Executive Steering Committees for IEEE VIS, which comprises the Visual Analytics, Information Visualization, and Scientific Visualization Conferences, the leading international conferences in their respective fields. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics and is currently an Editorial Board member for IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications. Dr. Ribarsky co-founded the Eurographics/IEEE visualization conference series (now called EG/IEEE EuroVis) and led the effort to establish the current Virtual Reality Conference series. For the above efforts on behalf of IEEE, Dr. Ribarsky won the IEEE Meritorious Service Award in 2004. In 2007, he was general co-chair of the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Symposium (now Conference). He is now Chair of the IEEE VAST Steering Committee.
Dr. Ribarsky has published over 170 scholarly papers, book chapters, and books. He has received competitive research grants and contracts from NSF, ARL, ARO, DHS, NIH, ONR, EPA, AFOSR, DARPA, NASA, NIMA, US DOT, SOCOM, Department of Education, National Institute of Justice, and several companies.

Degree: Ph.D. Physics; University of Cincinnati (1974)

Research Areas:

  • Visual Analytics
  • Visualization