Kwan-Liu Ma is a professor of computer science and the chair of the Graduate Group in Computer Science. He leads the VIDI (Visualization and Interface Design Innovation) research group, and directs the UC Davis Center for Visualization.
His research spans the fields of visualization, computer graphics, high-performance computing, and user interface design. He previously directed the Institute for Ultra-Scale Visualization, a 5-year project sponsored by the Department of Energy, involving three other universities and two national laboratories to carry out interdisciplinary research in several scientific application areas.
He presently leads a team of over 25 researchers working on projects in big data visualization, information visualization, visual analytics, artistically inspired illustrations, visual storytelling, and biomedical data visualization. He brings expertise in user interface design, in exploring data visualization as an enabling technology for increasing productivity and insight, and in fostering visual research and education in engineering, the sciences, and beyond.