Making Data & Science Simpler

My work aims to help more people make sense of complex information through tools that use visualization, structured data, and automation to contextualize data and scientific information. As used online by the media, scientists, and “casual” analysts, information visualizations and other interactive data tools provide context for otherwise complex information.

However, many of the most illuminating visualizations are created by expert designers. My research develops tools and methods that we can use to make visualizations and other aids to understanding available in online contexts where data is encountered, from reading the news, to researching facts online, to using social media. The specific goals of my work are to identify design principles used to create human-designed data representations, and to use these principles to develop automated and “human-in-the-loop” tools for producing and enhancing data presentations.

Brief Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the iSchool at University of Washington and an adjunct Assistant Professor at UW CSE, where I research and teach Information Visualization and HCI. I am a member of the Interactive Data Lab and the DataLab. Before this I was a postdoc at UC Berkeley Computer Science, working with Maneesh Agrawala (supported by Tableau Software). My Ph.D. and MSI are from the University of Michigan School of Information, where I worked with Eytan Adar.

Recent Publications

Kim*, YS, Reinecke, K., and Hullman, J. Explaining the Gap: Visualizing One's Predictions Improves Recall and Comprehension of Data. ACM CHI 2017. Best Paper Award Download PDF

Kim, Y., Wongsuphasawat, K., Hullman, J., and Heer, J. Graphscape: A Model for Automated Reasoning About Visualization Similarity and Sequencing. ACM CHI 2017. Honorable Mention Download PDF

Adar, E., Gearig, C., Balusubramanian, A., and Hullman, J. Persalog: Personalization of News Article Content. ACM CHI 2017. Download PDF

Kim*, YS, Hullman, J., Burgess, M., and Adar, E. SimpleScience: Lexical Simplification of Scientific Terminology. EMNLP 2016 Download PDF


* denotes student advisee

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