Eurographics Young Researcher of the Year Award for Benjamin Bach
Benjamin Bach won one of the Eurographics Young Researcher of the Year Awards, given each year to two young researchers in the field of visualisation to recognize people early on in their career who have already made a notable contribution and are likely to make more.
Benjamin Bach joined Informatics in 2017 and is currently a Lecturer in Design Informatics and Visualization.
Before joining Edinburgh, 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. His 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.
His research designs and investigates interactive information visualization interfaces to help people explore, communicate, and understand data. It encompasses network visualization, visualization of spatio-temporal data, data-driven storytelling, visualization in augmented and virtual reality (immersive analytics), nondigital visualization, and teaching and learning visualization. His contributions include novel visualization strategies either for specific data (dynamic networks), using novel narrative strategies (data-driven storytelling, data comics), or using advanced display hardware (AR/VR).
He shares his 2019 award with Matthias Niessner from TUM Munich.
Eurographics is a Europe-wide professional Computer Graphics association. The association supports its members in advancing the state of the art in Computer Graphics and related fields such as Multimedia, Scientific Visualization and Human Computer Interfaces. Through a world-wide membership, EG maintains close links with developments in the US, Japan and other countries, promoting the exchange of scientific and technical information and skills on a global scale.