Benjamin Bach


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PhD projects

- network visualizations
- visualization in virtual and augmented reality
- human computer interaction
- data literacy
- data-driven storytelling
- urban data
- visualization in biology and neuroscience

Personal profile

Research Interests

Dr Bach is a Reader in Design Informatics and Visualization at the University of Edinburgh. His research designs and investigations into interactive information visualizations help people explore, present, and understand data. His focuses are: visualization of dynamic networks (e.g., social networks, brain connectivity networks); temporal data (e.g. changes in videos and Wikipedia articles, timeline events); comics, especially storytelling with visualization aspects; visualization and interaction in Augmented and Virtual Reality. Recently, he began collaborative work with neuro and gene-scientists and historians.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor in Philosophy, Connections, Changes, and Cubes: Unfolding Dynamic Networks for Visual Exploration, Université Paris-Sud


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  • Design patterns for data-driven news articles

    Hao, S., Wang, Z., Bach, B. & Pschetz, L., 11 May 2024, CHI'24: Proceedings of the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Floyd Mueller, F., Sas, C., Kyburz, P., Williamson, J. R., Wilson, M. L., Toups Dugas, P. & Shklovski, I. (eds.). ACM, p. 1-16 16 p. 231

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    Open Access
  • Toward a more comprehensive understanding of visualization literacy

    Ge, L. W., Hedayati, M., Cui, Y., Ding, Y., Bonilla, K., Joshi, A., Ottley, A., Bach, B., Kwon, B., Rapp, D. N., Peck, E. M., Padilla, L. M., Correll, M. A., Borkin, M. A., Harrison, L. T. & Kay, M., 11 May 2024, p. 1-7. 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review

  • Show me my users: A dashboard visualizing user interaction logs

    Wang, J., Alkadi, M. & Bach, B., 20 Dec 2023, 2023 IEEE Visualization and Visual Analytics (VIS). IEEE, p. 156-160 5 p.

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    Open Access
  • Educational data comics: What can comics do for education in visualization?

    Boucher, M., Bach, B., Stoiber, C., Wang, Z. & Aigner, W., 12 Dec 2023, 2023 IEEE VIS Workshop on Visualization Education, Literacy, and Activities (EduVis). IEEE, p. 34-40 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Challenges and opportunities in data visualization education: A call to action

    Bach, B., Keck, M., Rajabiyazdi, F., Losev, T., Meirelles, I., Dykes, J., Laramee, R. S., AlKadi, M., Stoiber, C., Huron, S., Perin, C., Morais, L., Aigner, W., Kosminsky, D., Boucher, M., Knudsen, S., Manataki, A., Aerts, J., Hinrichs, U., Roberts, J. C., & 1 othersCarpendale, S., 7 Nov 2023, In: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 30, 1, p. 649-660 12 p.

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    Open Access