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Georges G. Grinstein

Georges Grinstein

Georges G. Grinstein, C.S., IVPR, Biomolecular & Medical Informatics

Professor Emeritus
Olsen Hall 301E


Data & information visualization, data analysis, computer-human interaction, sonification, cognition, design & bioinformatics

Research Interest

My research interests are broad and include computer graphics, visualization, sonification, haptics, data mining, virtual environments, computer human interaction, user interfaces and radical design.  The emphasis is on the modeling, analysis, and visualization of complex information systems currently with focus on Bioinformatics, Cheminformatics and Homeland Security.

Educational Background

B.S., City College of New York

M.S., New York University
Ph.D., University of Rochester


Georges Grinstein is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, head of its Bioinformatics Program and Director of its Institute for Visualization and Perception Research. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1978. 

His work is broad and interdisciplinary, covering the perceptual and cognitive foundations of visualization, very high-dimensional data visualization, visualization theory, and applications of visualization. In all the emphasis is on the modeling, visualization, and analysis of complex information systems. 

He has over 30 years in academia with extensive consulting, over 150 research grants, products in use nationally and internationally, several patents, numerous publications in journals and conferences, a new book on interactive data visualization, founded several companies, been the organizer or chair of national and international conferences and workshops in Computer Graphics, in Visualization, and in Data Mining, and has given numerous keynotes. He has mentored over 30 doctoral students and hundreds of graduate students. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals in Computer Graphics and Data Mining, a member of ANSI and ISO, a NATO Expert, and a technology consultant for various public agencies. 

For the last ten years he has co-chaired the IEEE InfoVis and VAST challenges in visual analytics leading to new research areas. He has developed and taught Radical Design, a course focused on how to develop radical new products instead of evolutionary ones. He is a member of the Homeland Security Center CCICADA, and Chief Science Officer of Weave Visual Analytics that is continuing to develop and support Weave, an open source web-based interactive collaborative visual analytics system (See