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Jian Chen

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
  • 783 Dreese Laboratories
    2015 Neil Ave
    Columbus, OH 43210






  • 20160101

    Hrabowski Fund for Innovation (UMBC Innovation Fellow).

  • 20150601

    UMBC Provost Teacher Scholar.

  • 20131015

    Best paper honorable mention.

  • 20090510

    Best poster award.

  • 20071020

    Best poster runner up.

  • 20030701

    Best paper award.



  • 2018. "Just 5 questions: toward a design framework for immersive analytics." In Immersive Analytics,
  • Buschel, W.; Chen, J.; Dachselt, R.; Drucker, S. et al.. 2018. "Interaction for Immersive Analytics." In Immersive Analytics, edited by Marriott, K.,
  • Marriott, K.; Chen, J.; Hlawatsch, M.; Itoh, T. et al.. 2018. "Time to Reconsider the Value of 3D for Information Visualization." In Immersive Analytics, edited by Marriott, K.,


  • Chen, J.. 2011. "A hybrid direct visual editing method for architectural massing study in virtual environments." In Collaborative Design in Virtual Environments,

Journal Articles


  • Isenberg, P.; Heimerl, F.; Koch, S.; Isenberg, T. et al., 2017, " A metadata collection about IEEE Visualization (VIS) publications." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 23, no. 9, 2199-2206 - 2199-2206.
  • Sun, L.; Zhu, Y.; Tudor, C.O.; Mahmood, A. et al., 2017, "WebGIVI: A Web-Based Gene Enrichment Analysis and Visualization Tool." BMC Bioinformatics 18, 1-10 - 1-10.
  • Zhang, G.; Kochunov, P.; Hong, E.; Kelly, S. et al., 2017, "ENIGMA-Viewer: interactive visualization strategies for conveying effect sizes in meta-analysis." BMC bioinformatics 18, no. 235, 253-253 - 253-253.


  • Zhang, G.; Kochunov, P.; Elliot, H.; Carr, H. et al., 2016, "Towards Visual Mega- and Meta-Analysis of Voxel-based Measurement in Brain Cohorts." EuroVis (Short paper)
  • Wu, K.; Sun, L.; Schmidt, C.; Chen, J., 2016, "Graph query algebra and visual proximity rules for biological pathway exploration." Information Visualization 16, no. 3, 217-231 - 217-231.
  • Kochunov, P.; Ganjgahi, H.; Winkler, A.; Kelly, S. et al., 2016, "Heterochronicity of white matter development and aging explains regional patient control differences in schizophrenia." Human Brain Mapping 37, no. 12, 4673-4688 - 4673-4688.
  • Ragan, E.; Endert, A.; Chen, J.; Sanyal, J., 2016, "Characterizing Provenance in Visual Analytics: An Organizational Framework of Provenance Types and Purposes." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 22, no. 1, 31-40 - 31-40.


  • Zhu, Y.; Sun, L.; Garbarino, A.; Schmidt, C. et al., 2015, "PathRings: a web-based tool for exploration of ortholog and expression data in biological pathways." BMC Bioinformatics 16, no. 165, 165-165 - 165-165.


  • Ling, M.; Chen, J., 2014, "Environmental visualization: applications to site characterization, remedial programs, and litigation support." Environmental Earth Sciences 72, 3839-3846 - 3839-3846.
  • Hu, G.; Pan, Z.; Zhang, M.; Chen, D. et al., 2014, "An interactive method for generating harmonious color schemes." Color Research & Application 39, 70-78 - 70-78.


  • Wu, Y.; Zhu, X.; Chen, J.; Zhang, X., 2013, "EINVis: a visualization tool for analyzing and exploring genetic interactions in large-scale association studies." Genetic Epidemiology 37, 675-685 - 675-685.
  • Isenberg, T.; Isenberg, P.; Chen, J.; Sedlmair, M. et al., 2013, "A systematic review on the practice of evaluating visualization." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 19, 2818-2827 - 2818-2827.


  • Forsberg, A.; Chen, J.; Laidlaw, D., 2009, "Comparing 3D vector field visualization methods: A user study." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 15, no. 6, 1219-1219 - 1219-1219.
  • Chen, J.; Bowman, D.A., 2009, "Domain-specific design of 3D interaction techniques: An approach for designing useful virtual environment applications." Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 18, no. 5, 370-386 - 370-386.


  • Riskin, D.K.; Willis, D.J.; Iriarte-Díaz, J.; Hedrick, T.L. et al., 2008, "Quantifying the complexity of bat wing kinematics." Journal of Theoretical Biology 254, 604-615 - 604-615.


  • Bowman, D.A.; Chen, J.; Wingrave, C.A.; Lucas, J.F. et al., 2006, "New directions in 3D user interfaces.." International Journal of Virtual Reality 5, 3-14 - 3-14.


  • Sun, L.; Xu, J.; Zhou, L.; Chen, J., 1998, "A design method of variables for parameterization drafting based on shape features." Journal of Tianjin Institute of Textile Science and Technology 17, 32-36 - 32-36.
  • Chen, J.; Sun, L.; Lu, D., 1998, "Study on the method of constructing rational cubic curves and curved surface including controlling parameters." Journal of Tianjin Institute of Textile Science and Technology 17, 91-96 - 91-96.
  • Sun, L.; Gao, T.; Liang, Y.; Chen, J., 1998, "Study on the method of constructing rational cubic curves and curved surface including controlling parameters." Transactions of Tianjin University 4, 29-34 - 29-34.


  • Whelan, C.; Jahanshad, N.; Hibar, D.; Absil, J. et al., "Structural brain abnormalities in the common epilepsies assessed in a worldwide ENIGMA study." Brain 141, no. 2, 391-408 - 391-408.
  • Zhao, H.; Chen, J., "Bivariate Separable-Dimension Glyphs can Improve Visual Analysis of Holistic Features."
  • Ganesan, A.; Brantley, K.; Pan, S.; Chen, J., "LDAExplore: Visualizing Topic Models Generated Using Latent Dirichlet Allocation." IEEE 4th Workshop on Visual Text Analytics, ACM Intelligent User Interface (IUI
  • Zhang, G.; Auchus, A.P.; Kochunov, P.; Elmqvist, N. et al., "Overlaying Quantitative Measurement on Networks: An Evaluation of Three Positioning and Nine Visual Marker Techniques."

Papers in Proceedings



  • Chen, J. "A Semiotics Approach to Characterize Diffusion Tensor Imaging Visualization." in IEEE VIS (poster). (1 2016).
  • Zhao, H.; Chen, J. "Empirical Guidance on Integral and Separable Marker Substrate for Large-Magnitude-Range Vector Field Visualization." in IEEE VIS (poster). (1 2016).
  • Garbarino, A.; Sun, L.; Garbarino, Z.; Schmidt, C. et al. VisGumbo, visMirror, visCut: interactive narrative strategies for large biological pathway comparisons. in IEEE VIS workshop on Exploring Graphs at Scale (EGAS)., (1 2016).
  • Bian, X.; Liu, L.; Caban, J.J.; He, G. et al. "Towards A Task Taxonomy for Analyzing Electronic Health Record Cohorts from Mild-Traumatic Brain Injuries." (1 2016).
  • Zhang, G.; Kochunov, P.; Hong, E.; Jahanshad, N. et al. ENIGMA-Viewer: Interactive Visualization Strategies for Conveying Effect Sizes in Meta-Analysis., (1 2016).
  • Elshehaly, M.; Szeto, G.; Pan, Z.; Chen, J. "ImmunoExplorer: A Web-Based Multivariate Visualization System for Exploratory Analysis of Immunotherapy." (1 2016).


  • Chen, J.; Griffin, W.; Zhao, H.; Terrill, J.E. et al. "Validation of SplitVector encoding and stereoscopy for quantitative visualization of quantum physics data in virtual environments." (1 2015).
  • Wu, K.; Sun, L.; Schmidt, C.; Chen, J. "A Graph Query Algebra on Biological Pathways." in IEEE VIS workshop on Exploring Graphs at Scale (EGAS). (1 2015).
  • Zhang, G.; Kochunov, P.; Hong, E.; Wu, K. et al. "A Semantic Contour Tree Approach for Visual Comparison of White Matter Connectivity in Cohorts." (1 2015).
  • Dabek, F.; Chen, J.; Garbarino, A.; Caban, J.J. "Visualization of longitudinal clinical trajectories using a graph-based approach." (1 2015).
  • Chung, H.; North, C.; Chen, J. "Four considerations for supporting visual analysis in display ecologies." in IEEE VIS (VAST). (1 2015).


  • Isenberg, P.; Isenberg, T.; Sedlmair, M.; Chen, J. et al. "Visualization According To Research Paper Keywords." (1 2014).


  • Chen, J.; Wu, K.; Pruett, W.A.; Hester, R.L. "HumMod browser: An exploratory visualization tool for model validation of whole-body physiology simulation." in Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis). (1 2013).
  • Wu, K.; Chen, J.; Pruett, W.A.; Hester, R.L. "Hummod browser: An exploratory visualization tool for the analysis of whole-body physiology simulation data." (1 2013).
  • Zhang, Y.; Olano, M.; Dandois, J.P.; Chen, J. "Rendering Point Clouds with Feature Texture." (1 2013).
  • Chen, J. "Some thoughts on augmenting human-VE symbiosis to improve knowledge discovery from volume rendering." in IEEE Virtual Reality Workshop on Immersive Volume Rendering, IEEE VR. (1 2013).


  • Chen, J.; Cai, H.; Auchus, A.P.; Laidlaw, D.H. "Effects of stereo and screen size on the legibility of three-dimensional streamtube visualization." (1 2012).
  • Chen, J.; Maxwell, A.; Cai, H.; Auchus, A. "Interactive visual analysis of diffusion-tensor MRI data using the expectation maximization algorithm." in American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (AAN). (1 2012).
  • Cai, H.; Chen, J.; Auchus, A.P.; Correia, S. et al. "InShape: in-situ shape-based interactive multiple-view exploration of diffusion MRI visualizations." in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (also in International Symposium on Visual Computing). (1 2012).
  • Penney, D.; Chen, J.; Laidlaw, D.H. "Effects of illumination, texture, and motion on task performance in 3D tensor-field streamtube visualizations." (1 2012).
  • Chen, J.; Cai, H.; Laidlaw, D.; Auchus, A. "The effects of seeding resolution on diffusion tensor imaging streamtube visualization comprehension." in Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). (1 2012).
  • Mohammadi, N.; Wang, J.; Cao, Y.; Setareh, M. "SMATS: Sketch-Based Modeling and Analysis of Truss Systems." in Eurographics Symposium on Sketch-based Interfaces and Modeling (SBIM). (1 2012).


  • Cai, H.; Chen, J.; Auchus, A.P.; Correia, S. et al. "InBox: In-situ multiple-selection and multiple-view exploration of diffusion tensor MRI visualization." in IEEE BioVis Conference. (1 2011).
  • Xu, L.; Lyle, J.; Wu, Y.; Pan, Z. et al. "HumMod explorer: a multi-scale time-varying human modeling navigator." in ACM SIGGRAPH Asia. (1 2011).
  • Cai, H.; Chen, J.; Auchus, A.P.; Huang, J. et al. "Measuring seeding resolution dependence of diffusion tensor streamtube visualization." in IEEE Visualization. (1 2011).
  • Huang, J.; Chen, J.; Cai, H.; Friedland, R.P. et al. "Diffusion Tensor MRI Tractography Reveals Altered Brainstem Fiber Connections Accompanying Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum." in American Neurological Association’s (ANA) 136th Annual Meeting (oral presentation). (1 2011).
  • Chen, J.; Bowman, D.A.; Laidlaw, D.H. "A hybrid direct visual editing method for architectural massing study in virtual environments." in IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces. (1 2011).
  • Liu, H.; Bradgon, A.; Bergou, A.; Chen, J. "Programming by sketch for scientific computing." (1 2011).
  • Li, G.; Bragdon, A.C.; Pan, Z.; Zhang, M. et al. "VisBubbles: a workflow-driven framework for scientific data analysis of time-varying biological datasets." (1 2011).
  • Auchus, A.P.; Huang, J.; Chen, J.; Cai, H. et al. "Diffusion Tensor MRI Tractography (DTT) Identifies Altered Brain Stem Fiber Connections Accompanying Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (ACC)." in The 20th World Congress of Neurology. (1 2011).


  • Bacim, F.; Polys, N.; Chen, J.; Setareh, M. et al. "Cognitive scaffolding in Web3D learning systems: a case study for form and structure." (1 2010).
  • Chen, J.; Riskin, D.K.; Hubel, T.Y.; Willis, D. et al. "Exploration of bat wing morphology through a strip method and visualization." (1 2010).


  • Chen, J.; Riskin, D.K.; Breuer, K.S.; Swartz, S.M. et al. "Bookstein coordinate-based shape analysis of bat wing kinematics." (1 2009).
  • Chen, J.; Kostandov, M.; Pivkin, I.V.; Riskin, D.K. et al. "Visual Analysis of Dimensionality Reduction in an Interactive Virtual Environment for Exploring Bat Flight Kinematics." in Proceedings of the Joint Virtual Reality Conference of EGVE-ICAT-EuroVR. (1 2009).
  • Chen, J.; Riskin, D.K.; Hubel, T.Y.; Willis, D. et al. "A Head-to-Head Comparison of Navigation Techniques for Exploring 3D Geoscience Data Sets." (1 2009).


  • Forsberg, A.S.; Chen, J.; Laidlaw, D.H. "Towards Comparing 3D Flow Visualization Methods, A User Study." (1 2008).
  • Kostandov, M.; Chen, J.; Pivkin, I.V.; Swartz, S.M. et al. "Exploring dimensionality reduction of animal flight kinematics in an interactive virtual reality setting." (1 2008).


  • Acevedo, D.; Chen, J.; Laidlaw, D.H. "Modeling perceptual dominance among visual cues in multilayered icon-based scientific visualizations." in IEEE Visualization. (1 2007).
  • Chen, J.; Forsberg, A.S.; Swartz, S.M.; Laidlaw, D.H. "Interactive multiple scale small multiples." (1 2007).
  • Chen, J.; Forsberg, A.; Kostandov, M.; Willis, D. et al. "The effect of using large, high-resolution stereoscopic displays for flow visualization." (1 2007).


  • Chen, J.; Bowman, D.A. "Effectiveness of cloning techniques for architectural virtual environments." (1 2006).
  • Ni, T.; Bowman, D.A.; Chen, J. "Increased display size and resolution improve task performance in information-rich virtual environments." (1 2006).


  • Lucas, J.F.; Bowman, D.A.; Chen, J.; Wingrave, C.A. "Design and evaluation of 3D multiple object selection techniques." in Proceedings of the ACM Interactive 3D graphics (I3D). (1 2005).
  • Chen, J.; Narayan, M.A.; Manuel, P-Q.N. "The use of hand-held devices for search tasks in virtual environments." in Proceedings of the Workshop on New Directions in Three-Dimensional User Interfaces (3DUI). (1 2005).


  • Chen, J.; Pyla, P.S.; Bowman, D.A. "Testbed evaluation of navigation and text display techniques in an information-rich virtual environment." (1 2004).
  • Chen, J.; Bowman, D.A.; Lucas, J.F.; Wingrave, C.A. "Interfaces for cloning in immersive virtual environments." in Proceedings of the Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments (EuroVR). (1 2004).


  • Ryu, Y.S.; Yost, B.; Convertino, G.; Chen, J. et al. "Exploring cognitive strategies for integrating multiple-view visualizations." (1 2003).
  • Bowman, D.A.; North, C.; Chen, J.; Polys, N.F. et al. "Information-rich virtual environment: theory, tools, and research agenda." (1 2003).
  • Chen, J. "Effective interaction techniques in information-rich virtual environments." (1 2003).
  • Convertino, G.; Chen, J.; Yost, B.; Ryu, Y-S. et al. "Exploring context switching and cognition in dual-view coordinated visualizations." (1 2003).


  • Lin, C-Y.; Chen, D.T.; Loftin, R.B.; Chen, J. et al. "Interacting with Visible Human data using an ImmersaDesk." (1 2002).
  • Chen, J.; Harm, D.L.; Loftin, R.B.; Lin, C-Y. et al. "A virtual environment system for the comparison of DOME and HMD systems." in Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics and Spatial Information System (CG&SIS). (1 2002).


  • Chen, J.; Fang, Y-C.; Loftin, R.B.; Leiss, E.L. et al. "An immersive virtual environment training system on real-time motion platform." in Proceedings of the Computer Aided Design and Computer Graphics (CAD&CG). (1 2001).