Søren Knudsen

Assistant Professor at the Digital Design Department, IT University of Copenhagen.

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My research focuses on information visualization and human-computer interaction. I am interested in supporting people in understanding, making sense of, and discussing data in face-to-face and online contexts, for example supported by large or multiple displays and social media.

I am a Marie Curie alumni. In my Marie Curie Postdoctoral project VIVIR, I conducted state-of-the-art research on supporting collaborative face-to-face data analysis. My research was motivated by two main aspects of contemporary data work. First, we see an increasing demand for data-based insights and decision-making across all levels and sectors of society. Second, the increasing scale and complexity of data increases the need for interdisciplinary teams to collaborate on understanding and analysing data. Thus, it is often crucial for people with diverse backgrounds to work together to gain data-based insights. In VIVIR, I focused on healthcare data analysis. This is a great domain for approaching these issues because there is a real, tangible, and acknowledged need for interdisciplinary collaborations.

Students and Collaborators

I have worked with many excellent people during my academic career. My students are a constant source of inspiration. They often push me in new and exciting directions and I cannot imagine what work would be without them. I have enjoyed insightful discussions with Sheelagh Carpendale about nurturing great research environments based on humaninistic, democratic values and I owe a great deal of success to my valuable interactions with her. The visualization project with Wesley Willett and Sheelagh Carpendale in collaboration with the Canada Energy Regulator led also led to many discussions on visualization design process. Kasper Hornbæk’s strong theory-based perspective on human-computer interaction has been a huge inspiration. Lastly, Hude Quan and Catherine Eastwood at the Centre for Health Informatics gave me another home both physically (in the research center) and metaphorically (in the health sciences). I hope to continue collaborating with these and other great leaders in research.


Feb 1, 2022 First lecture of our Data Visualization Design Master’s course down
Oct 22, 2021 Hosting the #ieeevis 2021 Copenhagen Satellite event in just two days here at ITU
Aug 13, 2021 I chair the vis21cph satellite event for IEEE VIS 2021 in October. ITU provides the venue
Feb 4, 2021 I join the IT University of Copenhagen as Assistant Professor on March 1, 2021!
Oct 22, 2020 IEEE VIS 2020 online
Jul 23, 2020 CHI Virtual Speaker Series — The Value of Data Visualization
Jun 16, 2020 Moving to University of Copenhagen!
May 18, 2020 Neil presents our proxemics work
Feb 7, 2020 Presenting at the Department of Medicine QI Summit
Oct 17, 2019 See you in Vancouver for IEEE VIS 2019?
Oct 10, 2019 WHOFIC 2019 In Banff, Alberta
Sep 8, 2019 Nasa Glenn here I come:)
May 2, 2019 Attending ACM CHI 2019 in Glasgow, UK
Feb 2, 2019 Dagstuhl seminar
Dec 3, 2018 2018 Gairdner International Symposium

selected publications

  1. Bach, Benjamin, Mandy Keck, Fateme Rajabiyazdi, Tatiana Losev, Isabel Meirelles, Jason Dykes, Robert S. Laramee, Mashael AlKadi, Christina Stoiber, Samuel Huron, Charles Perin, Luiz Morais, Wolfgang Aigner, Doris Kosminsky, Magdalena Boucher, Søren Knudsen, Areti Manataki, Jan Aerts, Uta Hinrichs, Jonathan C. Roberts, and Sheelagh Carpendale.
    arXiv preprint arXiv:2308.07703 (2023)
  1. Knudsen, Søren, and Kasper Hornbæk.
    In 2019 IEEE Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC) (2019)
  1. Walny, Jagoda, Christian Frisson, Mieka West, Doris Kosminsky, Søren Knudsen, Sheelagh Carpendale, and Wesley Willett.
    IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics 26, no. 1 (2019): 12–22
  1. Knudsen, Søren, Mikkel Rønne Jakobsen, and Kasper Hornbæk.
    In Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Making Sense Through Design (2012): 558–567