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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 2020

Research Output 1997 2019

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

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., 2019, CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: May 4–9, 2019 Glasgow, Scotland UK. Cox, A. & Kostakos, V. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 12 p. 325

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

Open Access

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

ContextuWall: multi-site collaboration using display walls

Klapperstueck, M., Czauderna, T., Goncu, C., Glowacki, J., Dwyer, T., Schreiber, F. & Marriott, K., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Visual Languages and Computing. 46, p. 35-42 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Marriott, K., Schreiber, F., Dwyer, T., Klein, K., Riche, N. H., Itoh, T., Stuerzlinger, W. & Thomas, B. H., 2018, In : Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 11190, p. V-VI 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Press / Media

Pixels replace pens and paper on ContextuWall

Tim Dwyer


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