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Börner named 2018 ACM Fellow

2018-12-05
Katy Borner
Katy Borner

Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve distinguished professor of engineering and information science at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, has been named a 2018 Fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for her significant contributions to methods and tools that enable users to render data into actionable insights.

Börner is one of just 56 members of the ACM to be named a 2018 Fellow, a group that represents less than 1 percent of the Association’s global membership. The 2018 Fellows hail from universities, companies, and research centers in Finland, Greece, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

“In the information age, the ability to read and construct data visualizations becomes as important as the ability to read and write text,” Börner said. “Like other literacies, data visualization literacy aims to promote better communication and collaboration, empower users to understand their world, build individual self-efficacy, and improve decision-making in businesses and governments. Our team at CNS is proud to empower many to not only read but also construct actionable data visualizations.”

Börner is the founding director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at IU and is curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She also is the author of the Atlas of Science (2010) and the Atlas of Knowledge (2015).

“In society, when we identify our tech leaders, we often think of men and women in industry who have made technologies pervasive while building major corporations,” said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. “At the same time, the dedication, collaborative spirit and creativity of the computing professionals who initially conceived and developed these technologies goes unsung. Even when their work did not directly result in a specific technology, they have made major theoretical contributions that have advanced the science of computing.”

Börner will be honored at the ACM’s annual Awards Banquet, which will be held in San Francisco June 15, 2019.

“This is such a great honor for Katy and is a testament to the impact her work makes on researchers and the real world,” said Raj Acharya, dean of SICE. “Her contributions can’t be overstated, and it’s one more recognition of the world-class faculty who are leading our school into tomorrow.”

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