Visualization is the process of representing data graphically and interacting with these representations in order to gain insight into the data. Traditionally, computer graphics has provided a powerful mechanism for creating, manipulating, and interacting with these representations. At IBM, graphics and visualization research addresses the problem of converting data into compelling, revealing, and interactive graphics that suit users' needs.

Our research includes studying visual analytics, developing languages and models of interaction with visualizations, designing novel information visualizations for smarter visual analytics, developing new representations of 3D geometry, strategies for collaborative and social visualization, and designing software systems that support a full range of display formats ranging from smartphones to immersive multi-display visualization environments.


  1. 1962:  Bresenham's Line Algorithm
  2. 1980:  Fractals - Mandelbrot Set
  3. 1992:  JPEG
  4. 2007:  Wordle
  5. 2007:  ManyEyes