information visualization researcher, creative developer
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Hi, I'm Francis! I am an information visualization researcher in EECS at Northwestern University where I am advised by Professor Jessica Hullman. I am a member of the Midwest Uncertainty Collective, a cross-institution research lab committed to exploring the intersection of information visualization and uncertainty communication.
My research interests rest at the confulence of education, information visualization, and design. More specifically, I’m interested in how readers interpret visualizations and and how visual techniques, such as animation, color, etc. lead to better communication of seeingly complex topics. Areas I believe this to particularly impactful are the education of statistics, statistical/data literacy and scientific journalism.
Currently, I am working on visualization tools to support journalists integration of readers' beliefs into articles, and on the evaluation of visualizations to make them statistically reliable. Previously, I have worked on projects that aid reader comprehension of unfamiliar measurements and on a project that animates discrete outcomes (HOPs) to understand how readers can use them to make everyday judgements of uncertainty.