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Research interests

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My research concerns many different aspects of Information Visualisation and Visual Analytics. In other words, I am interested in visual interfaces for the exploration and communication of data. An area of key interest for me is network visualization, which I believe has a critical role to play in helping people to understand complex, interlinked data. Network visualisation is already widely used in disciplines like software engineering, biology and social network analysis; however, I believe it can play a greater role in many other areas of our lives if we can present complex information to people in an understandable and engaging way.

Much of my work has focused on the problem of finding high-quality layout for network diagrams. To create such diagrams automatically, we must compute positions for nodes and paths for links that are both readable and aesthetically pleasing. This computation is a significant optimisation challenge that tests the limits of current technologies. I am also interested in the development of novel representations of data and all aspects of interaction design for data exploration.

Another aspect of my research is the exploration of how we can effectively use emerging display technologies—such as large interactive surfaces and augmented and virtual reality—to help people perform data analysis. We are bringing data "out of computers and into the world around us". We call this research initiative Immersive Analytics.


I received my PhD on "Two and a Half Dimensional Visualisation of Relational Networks" from the University of Sydney in 2005. I was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Monash University from 2005 to 2008, then a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research, USA in 2008-2009. From 2009 to 2012 I worked as a Senior Software Development Engineer with the Visual Studio product group at Microsoft, USA. A highlight of this period was shipping the Code Map software dependency visualisation tool with Visual Studio 2012. In late 2012 I returned to Monash University as a Larkins Fellow where I now lead the Immersive Analytics Lab.

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Tim Dwyer has experience as the Chief Examiner for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

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Projects 2007 2021

Research Output 1997 2019

IATK: an Immersive Analytics Toolkit

Cordeil, M., Cunningham, A., Bach, B., Hurter, C., Thomas, B. H., Marriott, K. & Dwyer, T., 1 Mar 2019, 26th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces - Proceedings. Teather, R., Itoh, Y., Gabbard, J., Argelaguet, F., Olivier, A-H. & Keefe, D. (eds.). Piscataway NJ USA: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 200-209 10 p. 8797978. (26th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VR 2019 - Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Immersive analytics

Lee, B., Bach, B., Dwyer, T. & Marriott, K., May 2019, In : IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. 39, 3, p. 16-18 3 p., 8698351.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Origin-destination flow maps in immersive environments

Yang, Y., Dwyer, T., Jenny, B., Marriott, K., Cordeil, M. & Chen, H., Jan 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 25, 1, p. 693-703 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Scaptics and highlight-planes: immersive interaction techniques for finding occluded features in 3D scatterplots

Prouzeau, A., Cordeil, M., Robin, C., Ens, B., Thomas, B. H. & Dwyer, T., 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Cox, A. & Kostakos, V. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 12 p. 325. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

An evaluation of perceptually complementary views for multivariate data

Chang, C., Dwyer, T. & Marriott, K., 2018, Proceedings - 2018 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium, PacificVis 2018: 10–13 April 2018 Kobe, Japan. Bruckner, S., Koyamada, K. & Lee, B. (eds.). Piscataway NJ USA: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 195-204 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review


IEEE InfoVis 2015 best paper award

Steven Andrew Kieffer (Recipient), Tim Dwyer (Recipient), Kimbal Marriott (Recipient) & Michael Wybrow (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

IEEE InfoVis Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Yalong Yang (Recipient), Tim Dwyer (Recipient), Sarah Goodwin (Recipient) & Kimbal Marriott (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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