Fernanda Viégas

Fernanda B. Viégas is a Brazilian computational designer best known for her innovative use of data visualization and her pioneering work in open, public data analysis. Her approach to visualization as a medium has led to work that spans multiple disciplines ranging from scientific analytical tools to artistic depictions of personal, emotionally-charged data. She currently co-leads Google’s “Big Picture” research group in Boston. Prior to that, she co-founded a visualization studio, and worked as a research scientist at IBM. Viégas’ artistic visualizations have been broadly exhibited in the U.S and around the world. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Viégas holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the Media Lab at MIT. She serves on the boards of Harvard’s Institute for Applied Computational Science and of SciBr.