William Ribarsky, Ph.D.

Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology

Chair, Computer Science Department

Director, Charlotte Visualization Center

9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001


ribarsky at uncc dot edu



William Ribarsky is the Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology at UNC Charlotte and the founding director of the Charlotte Visualization Center. Since 2009, he has been Chair of the Computer Science Department. He is also Principal Investigator for the DHS SouthEast Regional Visualization and Analytics Center. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include visual analytics; 3D multimodal interaction; bioinformatics visualization; virtual environments; visual reasoning; and interactive visualization of large-scale information spaces. Formerly, he was the Associate Director for External Relations of the Georgia Tech GVU Center. Dr. Ribarsky is the former Chair and a current Director of the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee. He is also a member of the overall Steering Committees for IEEE VisWeek, which comprises the Scientific Visualization, Information Visualization, and Visual Analytics Conferences, the leading international conferences in their respective fields. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics and is currently an Editorial Board member of IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications. Dr. Ribarsky co-founded the Eurographics/IEEE visualization conference series (now called EG/IEEE EuroVis) and led the effort to establish the Virtual Reality Conference series. For the above efforts on behalf of IEEE, Dr. Ribarsky won the IEEE Meritorious Service Award in 2004. In 2007, he was general co-chair of the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Symposium.


Dr. Ribarsky has published over 160 scholarly papers, book chapters, and books. He has received competitive research grants and contracts from NSF, ARL, ARO, DHS, EPA, ONR, AFOSR, DARPA, NASA, NIMA, NIJ, U.S. DOT, and several companies.