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Chris Weaver
Associate Professor, School of Computer Science
University of Oklahoma
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Teaching
I teach a variety of courses in Computer Science and the Data Science and Analytics programs, mostly in the areas of human-computer interaction, computer graphics, and visualization. This semester (Fall 2018) I am teaching Visual Analytics (CS 5093). Next semester (Spring 2018) I am teaching Computer Graphics (CS 4053/5053) and Human Computer Interaction (CS 3053).
Research
My core research interests are in information visualization and visual analytics. My work focuses on user interface architectures, data query languages, and multidimensional visual query patterns in interactive visualization environments. I'm particularly interested in application of interactive visualization techniques for scholarship throughout the humanities.
I am the principal developer of Improvise, a desktop application for building and browsing highly interactive visualizations of multidimensional data. Over the years, Improvise has become a virtual laboratory for a wide variety of research projects that involve interaction in one way or another.
The diverse and excellent people in my research group help me with all of this. Many of them move to the Pacific Northwest after they graduate. I'm jealous!
Service
In 2013 I completed a seven year tour of duty on the organizing committee of the IEEE Conference on Information Visualization. I continue to serve the visualization community as a peer reviewer for a variety of conferences and journals related to visualization and human-computer interaction.
At OU, I am currently serving a second term as a member of the Faculty Senate (2014-2017, 2018-present). I was also the faculty advisor (and chief haiku poet) of our Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (SACM) from 2008-2016.
Current Project and Opportunities
My research falls primary in the areas of information visualization, visual analytics, databases, human-computer interaction, and applications in the digital humanities. This often involves research assistanceships and/or thesis/dissertation advising with graduate students. I also advise students looking to work on research projects for independent study credit, including undergraduate honors research. Inquiries from current and potential OU students are welcome. Note that CS graduate students wanting to do independent study with me must first complete my course on Visual Analytics (CS 5093).
My research group and I are currently focusing on three funded projects:
CAREER: Interactive Gesture-Based Data Manipulation and Visualization for Exploratory Learning and Research (ampliation.org). Funded by the National Science Foundation. This five year project involves collaboration with digital humanities scholars and educators from OU History of Science, OU Library & Information Science, and the Stanford Humanities Center. Work on the project includes data collection, software implementation, visualization development, technical support for project-related research activities of our collaborators, as well as to provide assistance in visualization design, usability evaluation, educational outreach, and technical support for project-related education activities of our collaborators. I currently have funding for two GRAs (preferably CS PhDs) to work on this project. Please contact me if you are interested! Students considering a PhD at OU are encouraged to inquire about these positions. Inquiries from graduate students with relevant experience outside of CS are also welcome.
Digital Latin Library (digitallatin.org). Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under the Scholarly Communications and Information Technology program. With Sam Huskey in OU Classics and June Abbas in OU Library & Information Science. Many graduate research assistants in the Computer Science and the Data Science & Analytics programs have worked on this project, often as a part of their Master's theses. Work included production-quality software engineering, documentation, and deployment of our cross-platform desktop application for visualizing the text and embedded provenance contained in the DLL's digital editions. This project is wrapping up. Although no new GRA positions are available right now, you are welcome to contact me if you are interested in pursuing graduate work in digital humanities topics like this.
Collaborative Research: Cross-Scale Interactions Among Climate, Land-Use, and River-Water Quality. Funded by the National Science Foundation. With Kirsten de Beurs in OU Geography and Jason Julian in Geography at Texas State San Marcos. This project is wrapping up. Although no new GRA positions are available right now, you are welcome to contact me if you are interested in pursuing graduate work in geovisualization topics like this.
PhD students: Even without GRA support, I am willing to advise PhD dissertation work within the scope of my (fairly broad) research interests.
Master's students: I almost always require Master's students in my research group to pursue and sincerely intend to complete a Master's thesis. Please take that into account before approaching me about possible GRA positions. (Information on the CS thesis option is here.)
Undergraduate students: If you are interested in participating in research, you are welcome to contact me. Funding may be available in some circumstances.
Students at all levels are welcome to approach me with ideas for independent studies within my areas of expertise.