The WPI Computer Science Department is very pleased and proud to
announce that Professor Matthew O. Ward has been given the IEEE VPG
Software System Award for his work in multivariate visualization and
The award specifically honors his open source software called
The first version of this
software was presented 20 years ago in a paper titled "Xmdvtool:
Integrating multiple methods for visualizing multivariate data", at
the 1994 Conference on Visualization. The citation count for this
paper has reached a remarkable value of 458, and it is growing daily.
The award comes from the IEEE Visualization Pioneers Group and
"This award honors Matthew O. Ward for his pioneering work in the visualization
of multivariate data, and specifically for his sustained commitment to creating
and supporting the XmdvTool visualization system. XmdvTool has now been
publicly available and under continuing development for 20 years. It has been
widely used in research and industry settings in visualization and many other
disciplines, and is one of the most vibrant success stories of the
visualization software landscape."
Matt Ward was honored by WPI faculty, students and alumni as well as
professional colleagues at a celebration held on September 30th, 2014
in the Higgins House on the WPI campus. The event celebrated this
award, marked the 20th anniversary of the XmdvTool software, and
acknowledged his numerous accomplishments in information
Greetings from Professor Klaus Mueller at SUNY Stony Brook:
Matt has followed this first XmdvTool publication with a rich string
of successful research, tools, innovations, grants and students in
this important field of multivariate visualization and visual
analytics. His work includes the 2010 publication of the 500 page book
of data visualization concepts and theory with the title "Interactive
Data Visualization: Foundations, Techniques, and Applications",
co-authored with Georges Grinstein and Daniel Keim.
We are celebrating XmdvTool 20 years! See what XmdvTool(ers) have accomplished: [Details].