Benjamin Bach

Benjamin is a Lecturer (Assistant Prof., tenured) in Design Informatics and Visualization at the University of Edinburgh. His research designs and investigates interactive information visualization interfaces to help people explore, communicate, and understand data.


Research interests:

  • Network Visualization
  • Visualization of spatio-temporal data
  • Data-driven storytelling
  • Visualization in Augmented and Virtual Reality (Immersive Analytics)
  • Non-digital visualization
  • Teaching and learning visualization

Before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2017, Benjamin worked as a postdoc at Harvard University (Visual Computing Group), Monash University, as well as the Microsoft-Research Inria Joint Centre. Benjamin was visiting researcher at the University of Washington and Microsoft Research in 2015. He obtained his PhD in 2014 from the Université Paris Sud where he worked at the Aviz Group at Inria. The PhD thesis entitled Connections, Changes, and Cubes: Unfolding Dynamic Networks for Visual Exploration got awarded an honorable mention as the Best Thesis by the IEEE Visualization Committee. In 2019, Benjamin got awarded the Eurographics Young Researcher Award (thanks to all my mentors and collaborators, this is your award!).

Working with me

Recent News



Complete list at Google Scholar


Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 11.11.07 Maxime Cordeil, Andrew Cunningham, Benjamin Bach, Christophe Hurter, Bruce H. Thomas, Kim Mariott, Tim Dwyer”IATK: An Immersive Analytics Toolkit” IEEE VR (2019)  .
Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 09.15.43 Lucy Havens, Mengting Bao, Larissa Pschetz, Benjamin Bach, Christine Bell.”PaxVis: Visualizing Peace Agreements” ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) [Poster] (2019).
screen shot 2019-01-17 at 07.05.04 Zezong Wang, Shunming Wang, Matteo Farinella, Dave Murray-Rust, Nathalie Henry Riche. “Comparing Effectiveness and Engagement of Data Comics and Infographics” ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)  (2019).
screen shot 2019-01-17 at 07.07.32 Nam Wook Kim, Nathalie Henry Riche, Benjamin Bach, Guanpeng Xu, Matthew Brehmer, Ken Hinckley, Michel Pahud, Haijun Xia, Michael J. McGuffin, Hanspeter Pfister. “DataToon: Drawing Data Comics About DynamicNetworks with Pen + Touch Interaction” ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) (2019).
Screen Shot 2018-12-21 at 12.43.52.png Zezhong Wang, Harvey Dingwal, Benjamin Bach. “Teaching Data Visualization and Storytelling with Data Comic Workshops” ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Extended Abstracts (2019).
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.19.42.png Sicat, Ronell, Jiabao Li, JunYoung Choi, Maxime Cordeil, Won-Ki Jeong, Benjamin Bach, and Hanspeter Pfister. “DXR: A Toolkit for Building Immersive Data Visualizations.” IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics (2019).


Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.22.09.png McCormack, Jon, Jonathan C. Roberts, Benjamin Bach, Carla Dal Sasso Freitas, Takayuki Itoh, Christophe Hurter, and Kim Marriott. “Multisensory immersive analytics.” In Immersive Analytics, pp. 57-94. Springer, Cham, 2018.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 10.58.39.png Borgo, Rita, L. Micallef, B. Bach, F. McGee, and B. Lee. “Information Visualization Evaluation Using Crowdsourcing.” In Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 573-595. 2018.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 10.59.50.png
Bach, Benjamin, Charles Perin, Qiuyuan Ren, and Pierre Dragicevic. “Ways of Visualizing Data on Curves.” In TransImage 2018-5th Biennial Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference, pp. 1-14. 2018.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.14.02.png Bach, Benjamin, Moritz Stefaner, Jeremy Boy, Steven Drucker, Lyn Bartram, Jo Wood, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Yuri Engelhardt, Ulrike Koeppen, and Barbara Tversky. “Narrative Design Patterns for Data-Driven Storytelling.” In Data-Driven Storytelling, pp. 125-152. AK Peters/CRC Press, 2018.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.15.10.png Diehl, Alexandra, Alfie Abdul-Rahman, Mennatallah El-Assady, Benjamin Bach, Daniel Keim, and Min Chen. “VisGuides: A forum for discussing visualization guidelines.” (2018).
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.01.57.png
Lekschas, Fritz, Michael Behrisch, Benjamin Bach, Peter Kerpedjiev, Nils Gehlenborg, and Hanspeter Pfister. “Pattern-Driven Navigation in 2D Multiscale Visual Spaces with Scalable Insets.” bioRxiv(2018): 301036.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.02.42.png
Corneli, Joseph, Dave Murray-Rust, and Benjamin Bach. “Towards Open-World Scenarios: Teaching the Social Side of Data Science.”
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.03.11.png
Hullman, Jessica, and Benjamin Bach. “Picturing Science: Design Patterns in Graphical Abstracts.” International Conference on Theory and Application of Diagrams. Springer, Cham, 2018.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.04.19.png

Romat, Hugo, Caroline Appert, Benjamin Bach, Nathalie Henry-Riche, and Emmanuel Pietriga. “Animated Edge Textures in Node-Link Diagrams: a Design Space and Initial Evaluation.” In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, p. 187. ACM, 2018.

Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.04.56.png Bach, Benjamin, Zezhong Wang, Matteo Farinella, Dave Murray-Rust, and Nathalie Henry Riche. “Design patterns for data comics.” In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, p. 38. ACM, 2018.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.07.59.png Kim, Nam Wook, Benjamin Bach, Hyejin Im, Sasha Schriber, Markus Gross, and Hanspeter Pfister. “Visualizing Nonlinear Narratives with Story Curves.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics 1 (2018): 1-1.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.09.13.png Bach, Benjamin, Ronell Sicat, Johanna Beyer, Maxime Cordeil, and Hanspeter Pfister. “The Hologram in My Hand: How Effective is Interactive Exploration of 3D Visualizations in Immersive Tangible Augmented Reality?.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics 1 (2018): 1-1.
Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 11.10.06.png Lekschas, Fritz, Benjamin Bach, Peter Kerpedjiev, Nils Gehlenborg, and Hanspeter Pfister. “HiPiler: visual exploration of large genome interaction matrices with interactive small multiples.” IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics 24, no. 1 (2018): 522-531.

For publications before 2018, please see Google Scholar …

Grants and Awards

  • 2018 EPSRC Capital Grant: VisHub: A Collaborative Data Visualization Space for Interdisciplinary Research, Teaching, and Public Engagement, £200,000 over 18 months
  • 2018 Edinburgh Futures Institute Research Grant: Visualizing Inequalities £5,000 + £3,000
  • 2017 IGS (School internal) PhD scholarship funding: ~£60,000 over 3 years
  • 2017 Principal’s Teaching Award: £15,000
  • 2014 Microsoft Research – Inria Joint Centre 18 month position
  • 2010-2014 French Government Ph.D. grant: $100.000, over 3 years


Professional Activities (selection)

  • ACM ISS Workshop Chair (2020)
  • ACM CHI Paper Associate Chair (2018, 2019)
  • ACM CHI Late Braking Work Associate Chair (2017)
  • ACM CHI Work-in-Progress Program Committee (2015)
  • IEEE InfoVis Program Committee (2018)
  • IEEE VAST Program Committee (2018)
  • GraphDrawing Program Committee
  • TransImage Conference: Conference Co-chair 2018

Reviewing (selection)

  • ACM CHI: since 2013
  • IEEE InfoVis/Vast: since 2012
  • TVCG: since 2011
  • EuroVis: since 2012

Invited Talks

(not including conference paper presentations)

  • December 2018: Visualizing Space-Time Cubes in AR, Shonan Seminar to Immersive Analytics, Tokio.
  • October 2018: Interactive Visualization for Dynamic, Multivariate, and Geographic Networks, Tuto@Mate (online webinar)
  • September 2018: Data Comics for Data-Driven Storytelling, University of Tilburg, Netherlands
  • September 2018: Perspectives on Data Visualization, Design Informatics Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh.
  • May 2018: Interaction Literacy for Data Visualization, Workshop on Big Data Analytics and Business Applications, AVI Conference, Casteglione della Pescaia, Italy
  • May 2018: Data Visualization for Exploration, Explanation, and Engagement, Tesco Bank, Edinburgh
  • May 2918: Drawing into the AR-Canvas: Designing Embedded Visualizations for Augmented Reliaty., OpenVis Conference, Paris
  • March 2018: Visualization for Interactive Data Exploration, Alan Turing Institute, London
  • February 2018: Seven Myths about Data Visualization, Controversies in the Data Society Talk Series, Edinburgh
  • … older coming soon

Scientific/Conference Workshops


Ongoing (2018/19): 

  • Data Science for Design
  • The Human Factor


  • September 2017 – Data Science for Designers, University of Edinburgh
  • December 2014 – Interactive Information Visualization
  • Fall 2007 — Didactics and Media Psycholoy (TA)
  • Fall 2006 — Didactics and Media Psycholoy (TA)


PhD: Zezhong Wang (2018-ongoing), Josh Lee (2018-ongoing)

MRes: Qiuyuan Ren (2018)

Master: Finn Ickler (MSc, 2018), Xudong Jiang (MSc, 2018), Ilyas Zholdasbayev (MSc, 2018), Yiwei Sun (MSc, 2018), Yan Wu (MSc, 2018), Iqbal Rosiadi (MSc, 2018), Edson Alcala (MSc, 2017), Parul Sharma (MSc dissertation, 2017), Ruobing Hao (MA, 2017), Xian Tang (MSc, 2017), Zezhong Wang (MSc, 2017).

BHons: 2019: James O’Donell, Charles Shraples, Hirsh Agarwal; 2018: Alexander Olson, Veronika Dimitrova;

Interns: Punpikorn Rannanawirojkul (2018)

Brief Bio

Since Apr 2017: Lecturer (Assistant Professor, tenured) in Design Informatics and Visualization at the University of Edinburgh, UK
Oct. 2016 – Mar 2017: Postdoc researcher with SEAS, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Apr. 2016 – Aug. 2016: Postdoc researcher with Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Feb. 2015 – Oct. 2015: Visiting researcher at University of Washington, WA and Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
May. 2014 – April. 2016: Postdoc researcher with Microsoft Research – Inria Joint Centre, Saclay, France
Jan. 2011 – May. 2014: PhD Student with Aviz Group at Inria, Saclay, France
Dec. 2010 MSc. in Computer Science (Diplom Medieninformatik), University of Technology Dresden, Germany