Amit Chourasia is a Sr. Visualization Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego where he leads the Visualization Group. His work is focused on leading the research, development and application of software tools and techniques for visualization. Key area of his work is to develop methods to represent data in a visual form that is clear, succinct and accurate (a challenging yet very exciting endeavor). He has had an opportunity to work with research groups in diverse science and engineering disciplines and contends that with the help of visualization, domain and data scientists can visually validate and investigate their data, explore and gain significant insights as well as share results within and outside their community.

Computing is ephemeral, but data wills to persist: Result and data sharing are also a forefront of his interests, to this end he has developed a web based cloud infrastructure to enable this important and at times critical gap in scientific process via the SeedMe project.

Industry engagement: With data science becoming increasingly important beyond academia, he is keen to share his expertise with industry.

Amit's application and research interests are in area of computer graphics, visualization and ubiquitous data sharing. He received a Master's degree in Computers Graphics Technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette and a Baccalaureate degree in Architecture (Honors) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Notable accolades for his work include Honorable Mention at International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge 2010, Outstanding Achievement in Scientific Visualization award at the SciDAC 2011 and 2009 conference and Best Visualization Display award at TeraGrid 2011 and 2008. His visualization work has been featured at Siggraph Animation Festival, Siggraph Real Time Demos, documentaries by National Geographic and History Channel and many other news and media outlets.

He is a member of Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee and serves as a reviewer for journals, magazines and conferences including Computer, Computers & Geosciences, Computer Graphics and Applications, Computing in Science and Engineering, Euro Vis and Internet Computing, International Symposium on Visual Computing, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, XSEDE Research Allocation Service (XRAS), Supercomputing and Vis Conferences.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein





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