Benjamin Bach


Benjamin is a Lecturer in Design Informatics and Visualization at the University of Edinburgh. His research designs and investigates interactive information visualizations to help people explore, present, and understand data. He focuses on the visualization of dynamic networks (e.g., social networks, brain connectivity networks), as well as temporal data (e.g., changes in videos and Wikipedia articles, events on timelines), comics for storytelling with visualizations, as well as visualization and interaction in Augmented and Virtual Reality. Recently, he started collaborations with neuro and gene-scientists as well as historians.

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.





  • September 2017 - Data Science for Designers, University of Edinburgh
  • Past:

    Open Positions and Topics

    • Data Comics for Data-Driven Storytelling through Visualizations (PhD)
    • Collaborative Network Visualization (PhD)
    • Data-driven Storytelling for Visualization (MSc, UG4)
    • Designing Data Visualizations for Augmented Reality (MSc, UG4)
    • Interaction with Augmented Reality Holograms (MSc, UG4)
    • Interactive Visualizations Augmented Reality (MSc, UG4)
    • Visualization with Network Data Bases (MSc, UG4)
    • Tools for Network Visualization (MSc, UG4)
    • Interactive Paper Visualizations (MSc, UG4)
    • Visualizing Temporal Data (MSc, UG4)
    • ... more in my secret part of the brain
    • ... or come with your own ideas. Happy to discuss.



    Since Apr 2017:Lecturer (Assistent 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. 2010MSc. in Computer Science (Diplom Medieninformatik), University of Technology Dresden, Germany




    • Edson Alcala (MSc dissertation, 2017)
    • Parul Sharma (MSc dissertation, 2017)
    • Ruobing Hao (MArts dissertation, 2017)
    • Xian Tang (MSc dissertation, 2017)
    • Zezhong Wang (MSc dissertation, 2017)

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