Alvitta Ottley

alvitta {at} wustl.edu

Alvitta Ottley

I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington Univerity in St. Louis. I also hold a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

My research sits at the intersection of Information Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, and Psychology. I examine how cognitive traits such as personality influence users' dexterity with visualization tools and explore how this understanding can lead to improved visualization designs. My recent work also explores user modeling based on these traits and how visualization research can be applied to real world decision making scenarios such as medical decision-making.

I recieved my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tufts University while working with Remco Chang in the VALT (Visual Analytics Lab @ Tufts). My broader research interests include: information visualization, human-computer interaction, visual analytics, individual differences, personality, user modeling, machine learning, eye-tracking, adaptive interfaces, and health risk communication.