Beginning in August 2021, Szafir began a new position at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as an assistant professor of computer science.
Danielle Albers Szafir studies information visualization, focusing on understanding visual cognition for visualizing information using computer graphics. She received a BS from the University of Washington as a NASA Space Grant Scholar and a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Szafir was a founding faculty member in the Department of Information Science at CU.
Szafir develops interactive visualization systems and techniques for exploring large and complex data in domains ranging from biology to the humanities. Her work focuses on increasing the scalability and comprehensibility of information visualization by quantifying perception and cognition for design. She also explores how vision science might inform more effective visual interfaces for graphical technologies, including mobile devices and augmented reality. She was a Department of Energy BACTER Fellow, received an Honorable Mention for her dissertation from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Pioneers, has been awarded Best Paper Awards at IEEE VIS and CIC and has worked with Google and Tableau Research. She is an affiliate in the Computer Science Department and the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship and a fellow in the Institute of Cognitive Science.