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Researcher & Ph.D. Candidate, Applied Physics
SEAS, Harvard University
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
michelle_borkin @ harvard.edu
Maxwell-Dworkin, 142 &
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, M-341
(Mailing address: 60 Garden Street, MS 42, Cambridge MA 02138 USA)
Current WorkI am currently a graduate student in Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). I work with Prof. Hanspeter Pfister and his Visual Computing Group on data visualization, and Prof. Alyssa Goodman on interdisciplinary 3D visualization techniques as part of the Astronomical Medicine Project including the Glue linked-data visualization toolkit. I also closely collaborate with Prof. Krzysztof Gajos and the Intelligent Interactive Systems (IIS) Group, as well as Dr. Aude Oliva and the Computational Perception & Cognition Group at MIT. I was awarded in 2010 a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. I was also chosen by TED as a TEDGlobal 2009 Fellow.
My research interests include data visualization, human-computer interaction (HCI), cognition and perception, medical imaging and radiology, and astrophysics.
For more information about my research, download my CV and check-out my TED talk.
Michelle Borkin works on creating new approaches to interdisciplinary scientific visualization and data exploration. She co-founded the "Astronomical Medicine" project at Harvard which brings together astronomers, doctors, and computer scientists to collaborate on new analysis and visualization techniques, and cross-fertilize techniques across scientific disciplines. In her visualization research, Michelle also investigates the perceptual and cognitive properties of visualizations and works to apply these principles to improve visualizations in a variety of domains. Michelle graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics in 2006, and is now an Applied Physics PhD candidate at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) where she also received a MS in Applied Physics in 2011. She was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow, and is currently a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow.
As a graduate student at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), I work on developing visualization techniques and tools for multiple scientific and engineering domains as well as investigating fundamental principles of perception and cognition as it relates to data visualization. My main visualization research interests include information and scientific visualization, hierarchical and multidimensional data representations, big data visualization, network and provenance data visualization, perception, cognition, user interface design, human computer interaction (HCI), and evaluation methodologies.