Dr. Andrew Johnson is Director of Research at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

His research and teaching focus on interaction and collaboration using advanced visualization displays and the application of those displays to enhance discovery and learning.

News

fall '14

I am teaching CS 424 Visualization and Visual Analytics I this fall in EVL's Cyber-Commons classroom.

NSF has funded the Development of the Sensor Environment Imaging (SENSEI) Instrument grant that I am Co-PI on for $2,999,999 for three years.

summer '14

The 50th graduate student that I have advised since 1997 is graduating this term, which breaks down into 8 Ph.D, 15 MS Thesis, 27 MS Project.

Godzilla vs Megaguirus from 2000 is now available on blu-ray in the US, so before you see the big budget US film this summer you can see me run away from Godzilla in high-definition. More details here.

NSF has funded the EAGER: Collaborative Research: Articulate: Augmenting Data Visualization With Natural Language Interaction grant that I am Co-PI on for $300,000 for one year.

spring '14

I am teaching CS 424 Visualization and Visual Analytics I this spring in evl's CyberCommons as a joint class with Jason's ICS 691 Seminar of Data Visualization course at the University of Hawai'i. Jason and I first taught a class together 25 years ago.

I am now Director of Research at evl.

Julieta and I visited Jason in Hawai'i and I saw the course that Jason and I are co-teaching from the other side. Photos available here.

fall '13

Al Jazeera America did a nice video story on research using CAVE2 on Dec 8, available here.

evl hosted a lab tour for Chicago ideas week on October 14th. I gave a talk about evl and attendees were able to experience CAVE2. For more details see www.chicagoideas.com. The Chicago Tribune has an article on the tour here.

evl hosted CAVE2 tours as part of UIC's University-wide Open House on October 5.

I am teaching CS 526 Computer Graphics II this fall in evl's CAVE2 focusing on room-sized displays.

NSF has produced a nice video on the CAVE2, available here.

summer '13

2013 is the 30th Anniversary of the creation of Castle Smurfenstein! head on back to the 1980s here

WTTW, our local PBS station, has created a nice segment on evl's involvement in creating the computer graphics for the first Star Wars film in 1976 here

evl will be celebrating its 40th anniversary later this year

Julieta and I spent two weeks out west - Arches, Zion. Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton, Wall drug, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone, and other sights. Photos available here.

spring '13

evl has started to hold monthly open houses for people interested in visiting the new CAVE. More info here

WTTW, our local PBS station, has created a nice segment on evl's new CAVE here

evl's Futures of the Past series continues Fridays at 1pm in the Cyber-Commons. The current list is here

fall '12

I am teaching CS 424 Visualization and Visual Analytics I this fall in EVL's Cyber-Commons classroom.

evl has unveiled CAVE2.

evl hosted a lab tour for Chicago ideas week on October 8th. I talked about 'Turning Science Fiction into Reality' and the public was able to experience our new CAVE2. For more details see www.chicagoideas.com

summer '12

CAVE2 construction is under way! and evl has a video about the new CAVE here

spring '12

I am teaching CS 422 User Interface Design and Programming as well as CS 525 GPU Programming in EVL's Cyber-Commons classroom.

I participated as a mentor in the Chicago area Spark program.

I am now an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Systems Science, in the College of Nursing at UIC.

fall '11

I am teaching Visualization and Visual Analytics I this fall in EVL's Cyber-Commons classroom which has been upgraded to a passive stereo tiled LCD wall.

evl has begun showing classic sci-fi movies and TV episodes to spur discussion about how the technology and social issues of the time affect the views of the technology of the future. The current list is here

summer '11

Ratko successfully defended his PhD dissertation - Collaborative Interaction And Display Space Organization In Large High-Resolution Environments - on July 1st and will be heading off to work at Intel

spring '11

I am teaching Visualization and Visual Analytics II this spring in EVL's Cyber-Commons classroom.

Julian successfully defended his PhD dissertation - Immersive Empathic Design for Interdisciplinary Collaborations - on May 11th and will be heading off to work at Pixar

fall '10

This fall I am teaching Visualization and Visual Analytics again in EVL's Cyber-Commons classroom.

CS 424 Visualization and Visual Analytics and CS 524 Visualization and Visual Analytics II have now been approved as permanent courses starting in Spring 2011.

Our earthquake preparedness game is now available to play on the Illinois Emergency Management Agency website is available to play here

The university has approved our undergraduate Human Centered Computing Concentration for undergraduates who are interested in focusing their studies in this area. More information available here

summer '10

Julieta and I spent a week in Chile's Atacama Desert - the town of San Pedro de Atacama (at 2400m), Valle de la Luna, the Salar (salt flat) de Atacama with its flamingos, the El Tatio geyser field (at 4200m), Laguna Miscani and Miñiques (at 4100m), and other sights.

Photos available here.

spring '10

NSF MRI-R2: Development of the Next-Generation CAVE Virtual Environment (NG-CAVE) awarded to UIC/EVL.

This spring I'm teaching CS 525 - GPU Programming in EVL's Cyber-Commons classroom.

I ported Unfolding Space and battalion to the iPad. Since then Unfolding Space has been in the top 100 free ipad lifestyle apps and battalion in the top 100 free ipad action games.

fall '09

This fall I won the 2009 award for Excellence in Teaching, which is given out to at most five faculty members each year at UIC. More details here

I am teaching a new course in the fall - Visualization and Visual Analytics - with the temporary number of CS 491. This is a more practical undergraduate and graduate version of the 'current topics in visualization' course that I have been teaching for several years. It is also be the first course taught in EVL's new Cyber-Commons classroom.

summer '09

EVL hosted a second Saturday of 'science chicago' on July 18th. I talked about 'Imaging the Future' and the public was able to interact with current hardware and software projects. For more details see sciencechicago.com

The 'Water' exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago featured EVL's raintable software running on an EVL-developed high-resolution table, developed in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibit ran from June 17 through September 20.

NSF STCI: OptIPlanet Cyber-Mashup: Persistent Visualization and Collaboration Services for Global Cyber Infrastructure Awarded to UIC/EVL.

spring '09

I have started porting some of my OpenGL applications to the iPhone.

Here is a link to Unfolding Space

Here is a link to battalion

From May '09 through February '10 Unfolding Space has been in the top 8%-12% of lifestyle apps, and battalion has been around the top 35%-37% of action games.

fall '08

Changing the Game: How Video Games Are Transforming the Future of Business by Edery and Mollick has a paragraph on 1983's Castle Smurfenstein as the first user-created mod of a computer video game.

The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism by Mason has more on Smurfenstein including the quote "But what started out as a harmless prank was to become the lifeblood of the gaming industry... By remixing a game, the Dead Smurf Software crew changed the game entirely."

Contact Information

office and lab location

Electronic Visual­ization Labo­rato­ry
2032 Engineering Re­search Facility
University of Illinois at Chicago
842 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607

ajohnson at uic.edu

(312) 996-3002 - EVL phone
(312) 413-7585 - EVL fax

facebook linkedin @andyevl

mail address

Department of Computer Science (M/C 152)
851 S. Morgan St., Room 1120 SEO
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-7053

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