Alvitta Ottley

Alvitta Ottley

Associate Professor

Computer Science & Engineering

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PhD, Tufts University, 2016
MS, Tufts University, 2013


Focuses on designing personalized & adaptive visualization systems


Alvitta Ottley's research interests include information visualization, human-computer interaction and visual analytics. She applies machine learning and artificial intelligence to automatically learn analysts' goals, cognitive traits and future behavior from data interaction logs. Her team uses interdisciplinary approaches to support decision-making in various domains, such as health communication, intelligence analysis and scientific discovery, with research contributions that have won the best paper and honorable mention awards at the Visualization top venues.


Dr. Alvitta Ottley is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Engineering Department at Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Her research uses interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems such as how best to display information for effective decision-making and how to design human-in-the-loop visual analytics interfaces that are more attuned to how people think. Dr. Ottley received an NSF CRII Award in 2018 for using visualization to support medical decision-making, the NSF Career Award for creating context-aware visual analytics systems, and the 2022 EuroVis Early Career Award. In addition, her work has appeared in leading conferences and journals such as CHI, VIS, and TVCG, achieving the best paper and honorable mention awards.