uta hinrichs

I am a Reader in Data Visualisation School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where I co-direct the VisHub. I am also part of Design Informatics and the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

My research is largely motivated by an urge to understand and facilitate how people engage with information in physical and digital spaces as part of professional activities and everyday life. My work is at the intersection of Information Visualization and HCI and draws from other fields such as Design, Information Science and the humanities. While based in Computer Science, my research is driven by interdisciplinary collaborations with people from the humanities, visual design, and fine arts. More recently, I have been involved in collaborations with literary scholars and historians, designing visualizations that can facilitate the exploration of large-scale, untapped cultural collections, such as science fiction stories, literature around the city of Edinburgh, or 19th century commodity trading documents.

My background is quite interdisciplinary, including computer science, visual design, psychology, and political science. I received my PhD in Computer Science with specialization in Computational Media Design from the University of Calgary in Canada where I worked at the Innovis Group.

On these pages you will find information on the projects I am involved in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.