Benjamin Bach

Benjamin is a Lecturer (Assistant Prof.) 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.

Working with me


Complete list at Google Scholar


Information Visualization Evaluation Using Crowdsourcing

R Borgo, L Micallef, B Bach, F McGee, B Lee
Computer Graphics Forum 37 (3), 573-595
Ways of Visualizing Data on Curves

B Bach, C Perin, Q Ren, P Dragicevic
TransImage 2018-5th Biennial Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference, 1-14
Narrative Design Patterns for Data-Driven Storytelling

B Bach, M Stefaner, J Boy, S Drucker, L Bartram, J Wood, P Ciuccarelli, …
Data-Driven Storytelling, 125-152
VisGuides: A Forum for Discussing Visualization Guidelines

A Diehl, A Abdul-Rahman, M El-Assady, B Bach, DA Keim, M Chen
EuroVis 2018
Pattern-Driven Navigation in 2D Multiscale Visual Spaces with Scalable Insets

F Lekschas, M Behrisch, B Bach, P Kerpedjiev, N Gehlenborg, H Pfister
bioRxiv, 301036
Towards Open-World Scenarios: Teaching the Social Side of Data Science

J Corneli, D Murray-Rust, B Bach
Cybernetic Serendipity Reimagined Symposium, Proc. Annual Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
Picturing Science: Design Patterns in Graphical Abstracts

J Hullman, B Bach
International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams (Diagrams)
Animated Edge Textures in Node-Link Diagrams: a Design Space and Initial Evaluation

H Romat, C Appert, B Bach, N Henry Riche, E Pietriga
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2018,
Design Patterns for Data Comics

B Bach, Z Wang, M Farinella, D Murray-Rust, N Henry Riche
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
Visualizing Nonlinear Narratives with Story Curves

NW Kim, B Bach, H Im, S Schriber, M Gross, H Pfister
IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics 24 (1), 595-604
The Hologram in My Hand: How Effective is Interactive Exploration of 3D Visualizations in Immersive Tangible Augmented Reality?

B Bach, R Sicat, J Beyer, M Cordeil, H Pfister
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
HiPiler: Visual Exploration of Large Genome Interaction Matrices with Interactive Small Multiples

F Lekschas, B Bach, P Kerpedjiev, N Gehlenborg, H Pfister
IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics 24 (1), 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, £200k over 18 months
  • 2018 Edinburgh Futures Institute Research Grant: Visualizing Inequalities £5k
  • 2017 IGS (School internal) PhD scholarship funding: ~£60k over 3 years
  • 2017 Principal’s Teaching Award: £15k
  • 2014 Microsoft Research – Inria Joint Centre 18 month position
  • 2014 VGTC Best Ph.D. Thesis 2014, Honorable Mention
  • 2010-2014 French Government Ph.D. grant: $100.000, over 3 years

Professional Activities (selection)

  • 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

Invited Talks

(not including conference paper presentations)

  • 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)

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: Alexander Olson (B.Hons, 2018), Veronika Dimitrova (B.Hons, 2018), James O’Donell, Charles Shraples, Hirsh Agarwal

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