Headshot of a smiling Niklas Elmqvist wearing white glasses and a military cap.

Full Biography

Niklas Elmqvist is a Villum Investigator and full professor in the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. He received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2006 from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. Prior to joining Aarhus, he was a full professor in the College of Information Studies at University of Maryland, College Park, USA from 2014 to 2023. And prior to UMD, he was an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, USA from 2008 to 2014. From 2016 to 2021, he was the director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL) at University of Maryland, one of the oldest and most well-known HCI research labs in the country. His research area is data visualization, human-computer interaction, and visual analytics. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award as well as best paper awards from the IEEE VIS conference, the ACM CHI conference, the ACM DIS, and several others. He was papers co-chair for IEEE InfoVis 2016 and 2017, and again in 2020. He has also served as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, and is currently an associate editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, the Information Visualization journal, and the Journal for Visualization and Interaction. He is also co-editor of the Springer Nature Synthesis Lectures on Visualization. His research has been funded by both U.S. federal agencies such as NSF, NIH, and DHS as well as by companies such as Google, NVIDIA, and Microsoft. He is also the recipient of the Purdue Student Government Graduate Mentoring Award (2014), the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teacher Award (2012), and the Purdue ECE Chicago Alumni New Faculty award (2010). He was elevated to the rank of Fellow of the IEEE in 2024 and Distinguished Scientist of the ACM in 2018.

Short Biography

Niklas Elmqvist received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Chalmers University in 2006. He is a full professor in the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. Prior to Aarhus, he was a faculty member at University of Maryland, College Park and Purdue University in the United States. He was the Director of the HCIL at UMD from 2016 to 2021. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Physical Coordinates

Niklas Elmqvist
Department of Computer Science
Aarhus University
Åbogade 34
8200 Aarhus N Denmark