My name is Jillian Aurisano and I am a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a research assistant in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory. In my research, I explore how advanced graphics platforms- like ultra-resolution display walls and immersive 'hybrid reality' environments- and input modalities- such as natural language- might help scientists understand, explore and derive insight from Big Data. I have a particular interest in visualizing biological datasets, since I have an undergraduate biology degree from the University of Chicago and a background in molecular biology research.
Outside of my PhD research, I have several deep interests: First, I love my field, and believe there are far too few women in computing, so I do what I can to encourage women to explore careers in computing and support them once they are here. I have been involved in the Women in Computer Science organization for several years of my time as an MS and PhD student. Second, I believe that undergraduate research opportunities are very important and consider teaching and mentoring to be an essential component of my graduate career. To that end, I have pursued opportunities to mentor undergraduate researchers, and have worked with 9 wonderful undergraduate students on speech and gesture inputs to large displays- the Articulate and Continuum project- and visualizing animal movement data in immersive environments- the Sensei-Panama project.
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