Nam Wook Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Harvard University. He works with Hanspeter Pfister in the Visual Computing group and Krzysztof Gajos in the Intelligent Interactive Systems group. Prior to Harvard, Nam was a research associate at KAIST and also spent several years working for Samsung and LG as a research engineer. He received M.S. in computer science from Stanford University and B.S. computer science and mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

His research lies in the areas of human-computer interaction and information visualization, primarily focusing on making complex data accessible to the public. Instead of using complex statistical methods to blindly automate data analysis, his work seeks to assist individuals to make sense of data using visual methods. He develops interactive tools that support authoring of data-driven stories using visualization. He also creates visual interfaces to analyze and communicate data in various domains such as open government and digital humanities.

My graduate studies are partially supported by Kwanjeong Educational Foundation.

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Two papers got conditionally accepted to CHI 2019. Dec 10, 2019 @ Glasgow, UK.
Named as one of 2019 Siebel Scholars. Oct 5, 2019 @ Cambridge, MA.
Presented BubbleView at CHI 2018. Apr 25, 2018 @ Montreal, Canada.
Led two coding labs in the Design of Useful and Usable Interactive Systems course. Feb, 2018 @ Cambridge, MA.
Gave a mini-course on visualization as part of January @ GSAS at Harvard Jan 10 - Jan 11, 2018 @ Cambridge, MA.
Received Rising Star BRONZE in Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2017 Nov 28, 2017 @ London, UK.
Data-Driven Guides shortlisted in Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2017 Oct 19, 2017 @ London, UK.
Presented Story Curves at IEEE VIS 2017 Oct 3, 2017 @ Phoenix, AZ.
Presented Story Curves at Walt Disney Imagineering Jun 8, 2017 @ LA, CA.
Internship in the EPIC group at Microsoft Research Apr 17 - July 21, 2017 @ Redmond, WA.
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Invited talk at Pegasystem, inc. on visualization for data communication Apr 13, 2017 @ Cambridge, MA.
Invited talk at MIT Graphics talk series on visualization for data communication Apr 12, 2017 @ Cambridge, MA.


Data-Driven Storytelling with Visualization : designing engaging and communicative visualizations and helping people create complelling data stories (more to come).
Paper: InfoVis'16

Visualization Techniques & Applications: exploring and communicating patterns in data, and supporting support visual data analysis in various domains.
Papers: InfoVis'17, AVI'10

Perception and Cognition in Visualization: experiments for understanding image memorability, collecting attentional data, and building saliency models.
Papers: TOCHI'17, UIST'17, ETVIS'15, InfoVis'15

Civic Engagement & Open Government: increasing public awareness on complex budgetary issues and eliciting public participation in the policy making process.
Papers: CSCW'16, CHI'15



[1] Creative Community Demystified: A Statistical Overview of Behance
Nam Wook Kim
arXiv:1703.00800v1 [cs.SI], 2017
[arxiv | code]

book chapter

[1] Eye Fixation Metrics for Large Scale Evaluation and Comparison of Information Visualizations
Zoya Bylinskii, Michelle Borkin, Nam Wook Kim Hanspeter Pfister, Aude Oliva
Eye Tracking and Visualization: Foundations, Techniques, and Applications (pp. 235-255). Springer International Publishing (ETVIS'15)
[project website]

journal articles

[6] Quality Metrics for Information Visualization
Michael Behrisch, Michael Blumenschein, Nam Wook Kim, Alexandra Diehl, Lin Shao, Mennatallah El-Assady, Johannes Fuchs, Daniel Seebacher, Ulrik Brandes, Hanspeter Pfister, Daniel Weiskopf, Daniel A. Keim
Computer Graphics Forum, 2018 (EuroVis'18)
[project website]
[5] Visualizing Nonlinear Narratives with Story Curves
Nam Wook Kim, Benjamin Bach, Hyejin Im, Sasha Schriber, Markus Gross, Hanspeter Pfister
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2018 (InfoVis'17)
Kantar IIB Longlist
[project website]
[4] BubbleView: an interface for crowdsourcing image importance maps and tracking visual attention
Nam Wook Kim*, Zoya Bylinskii*, Michelle A. Borkin, Krzysztof Z. Gajos, Aude Oliva, Fredo Durand, Hanspeter Pfister
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 2017 (TOCHI)
[project website]
[3] Data-Driven Guides: Supporting Expressive Design for Information Graphics
Nam Wook Kim, Eston Schweickart, Zhicheng Liu, Mira Dontcheva, Wilmot Li, Jovan Popovic, Hanspeter Pfister.
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2017 (InfoVis'16)
Kantar IIB Rising Star
[project website]
[2] Beyond Memorability: Visualization Recognition and Recall
Michelle A. Borkin*, Zoya Bylinskii*, Nam Wook Kim, Constance May Bainbridge, Chelsea S. Yeh, Daniel Borkin, Hanspeter Pfister, and Aude Oliva
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2016 (InfoVis'15)
[project website]
[1] Accurate Segmentation of Land Regions in Historical Cadastral Maps
Nam Wook Kim, Jung Jin Lee, Hyungmin Lee, Jinwook Seo
Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation (JVCIR), 2014

conference papers

[6] Learning Visual Importance for Graphic Designs and Data Visualizations
Zoya Bylinskii, Nam Wook Kim, Peter O’Donovan, Sami Alsheikh, Spandan Madan, Hanspeter Pfister, Fredo Durand, Bryan Russell, Aaron Hertzmann
ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST'17)
Best Paper Honorable Mention
[project website]
[5] BudgetMap: Engaging Taxpayers in the Issue-Driven Classification of a Government Budget
Nam Wook Kim, Jonghyuk Jung, Eun-Young Ko, Songyi Han, Chang Won Lee, Juho Kim, and Jihee Kim
ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW'16)
[project website]
[4] Factful: Engaging Taxpayers in the Public Discussion of a Government Budget
Juho Kim, Eun-Young Ko, Jonghyuk Jung, Chang Won Lee, Nam Wook Kim, Jihee Kim
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'15)
Best Paper Honorable Mention
[project website]
[3] JigsawMap: Connecting the Past to the Future by Mapping Historical Textual Cadasters
Hyungmin Lee, Sooyun Lee, Nam Wook Kim, Jinwook Seo
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'12)
[project website]
[2] Social Visualization and Negotiation: Effects of Feedback Configuration and Status
Mike Nowak, Juho Kim, Nam Wook Kim, Clifford Nass
ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW'12)
[1] Tracing Genealogical Data with TimeNets
Nam Wook Kim, Stuart K. Card, Jeffrey Heer
International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI'10)
[project website]

workshop and extended abstract papers

[4] BudgetWiser: Gamification Design Opportunities in the Government Budget Domain
Nam Wook Kim, Jihee Kim, Juho Kim, Chang Won Lee, Eun-Young Ko, Jonghyuk Jung
Workshop on Researching Gamification (CHI'15)
[3] A Crowdsourced Alternative to Eye-tracking for Visualization Understanding
Nam Wook Kim, Zoya Bylinskii, Michelle A. Borkin, Aude Oliva, Krzysztof Z. Gajos, Hanspeter Pfister
ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '15)
[2] BudgetMap: Issue-Driven Navigation for a Government Budget
Nam Wook Kim, Chang Won Lee, Jonghyuk Jung, Eun-Young Ko, Juho Kim, Jihee Kim
ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '15)
[1] Recording Reusable and Guided Analytics From Interaction Histories
Nam Wook Kim
IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST13)

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