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Guest Editors' Introduction: Special Section on the IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST)

Alan M. MacEachren
Silvia Miksch

Pages: pp. 660-661

About the Authors

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Alan M. MacEachren is a professor of geography, affiliate professor of information sciences & technology, and director of the GeoVISTA Center ( at Pennsylvania State University. He is PI for the Penn State component of the DHS VACCINE Center of Excellence. His research foci include: geovisual analytics, geovisualization, geocollaboration, spatial cognition, human-centered systems, and user-centered design. He is the author of How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization and Design (Guilford Press, 1995) and Some Truth with Maps (AAG, 1994),; and coeditor of additional books and journal special issues (including Exploring Geovisualization (Elsevier, 2005) and the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing on “Challenging Problems of Geospatial Visual Analytics”). He was chair of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Visualization (1999-2005) and is an ICA fellow. He was a member of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Rediscovering Geography Committee, (1993-1997), on the NRC Computer Science and Telecommunications Board Committee on the Intersections between Geospatial Information and Information Technology (2001-2002), and was a member of the National Visualization and Analytics Center R&D Agenda panel (2004-2005). He was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ( TVCG) (2007-2011).
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Silvia Miksch is an associate professor and head of the Information and Knowledge Engineering Research Group at the Institute of Software Technology & Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology. From 2006 to 2010, she was a professor and head of the Department of Information and Knowledge Engineering at Danube University, Krems, Austria. In April 2010, she established the awarded Laura Bassi Centre of Expertise “CVAST Center for Visual Analytics Science and Technology (Design, Interact & Explore)” funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family, and Youth of the Republic of Austria. She has acquired, led, and has been involved in several national and international research projects. She has served on various program committees of international scientific conferences and was, for example, conference paper cochair of the IEEE Conferences on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (IEEE VAST 2010 and 2011) at VisWeek and Eurographics/IEEE Conference on Visualization (EuroVis 2012). She has reviewed for several scientific journals, belongs to the editorial board of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine ( AIM-J, Elsevier), AI Communications ( AICOM, IOS Press), and the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ( TVCG, IEEE CS), and served as a guest editor for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (Elsevier), IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics ( TVCG, IEEE CS), and Information Visualization ( IV, Palgrave Macmillan/SAGE). Her main research interests are information visualization and visual analytics (in particular, focus+context and interaction methods), process and plan management, interaction design, user-centered design, and time. For more information, see
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