Alyxander Burns


  • Assistant Professor in Computer Science
Alyx Burns

Alyx Burns specializes in data visualization and human-computer interaction. He is interested in what makes data visualizations like charts and graphs "good" for communication and how researchers should decide what makes a visualization "good." His teaching practice is rooted in the belief that Computer Science education can and should prepare students to contribute actively to a more just and equitable world, so he is invested in developing novel ways to integrate conversations about justice and equity into course content.

Areas of Expertise

Data visualization for communication, Computer Science education

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent campus news

The internet is full of charts and graphs. What new faculty Alyx Burns wants to know, though, is how well these visualizations convey information. “Charts and graphs are some of the technologies that we use to help people understand data,” he said.

Recent Awards

Alyxander Burns’ paper “Who Do We Mean When We Talk About Visualization Novices?” was awarded the Best Paper Award at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). This award is given to the top 1% of submissions to the conference.

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