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Ghulam Quadri

Ghulam Jilani Quadri

Ghulam Jilani Quadri

Assistant Professor

Office: Devon Energy Hall 242
Phone: (405) 325-5237

Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering
University of South Florida

M.S., Computer Science
University of South Florida

B.E., Computer Engineering  
University of Mumbai

Research Focus

  • Visualization and Graphics
  • Visual Analytics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Perception and Cognition Science
  • Explainable ML and AI Models
  • Human-Computer Teaming
  • Information Accessibility
  • Data Science
  • Health and Humanities: Visualization for Social Good

Experience and Awards

  • Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Oklahoma, 2024- present 
  • IEEE VIS Best Paper Honorable Mention Award (Top 5% submission), 2023
  • IEEE VGTC Best Dissertation Award: Visualization, 2022
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022-2024
  • CRA-CCC-NSF: 2021 Computing Innovation Fellow. 2021
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of South Florida, 2021
  • IEEE VIS Doctoral Colloquium Scholarship Award, 2020
  • ACM Richard Tapia Conference- Tableau Tapia Scholar, 2020
  • Indeevar and Srinath Memorial Scholarship, University of South Florida, 2019
  • Spirit Of Innovation Award, University of South Florida, 2019
  • IEEE VAST Challenge Honorable Mention Award, 2017
  • NSF Innovation Corps Cohort, University of South Florida, 2017
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of South Florida, 2017-2021
  • System Engineer, Infosys Limited, India, 2013-2015


Dr. Ghulam Jilani is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at the Gallogly College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining OU, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and CRA/CCC/NSF Computing Innovation Fellow working with Dr. Danielle Albers Szafir in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Ghulam received his Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering, advised by Dr. Paul Rosen at the University of South Florida in 2021. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai. His research interests lie at the intersection of Information Visualization, HCI, ML Models, and perception & cognition. 

Dr. Quadri's primary goal is to create a perceptual and human-centered framework to optimize visualization design, improving decision-making quality and confidence while providing objective guidance for designers. In his work, he borrows approaches from InfoVis and perception & cognitive science and applies human-centered evaluation to measure, model, and theorize human perception of data and visual design. His dissertation research work in this space received the IEEE VGTC Best Dissertation award for contributing new ways to measure, model, and construct task-optimized visualizations. His postdoc research is supported by the NSF-CRA Computing Innovation 2021 Fellowship. Ghulam's research collaborations span various applications, including design-oriented perceptual research projects to create robust design choice models, perceptual variability, design optimization, and information accessibility. His recent work on perceptual variability received the Best Paper Honorable Mention Award for CLAMS at IEEE VIS 2023.

  1. Ghulam Jilani Quadri, Zeyu Wang, Zhehao Wang, Jennifer Adorno, Paul Rosen and Danielle Albers Szafir. "Do You See What I See? A Qualitative Study Eliciting High-Level Visualization Comprehension" (to be appearing) In Proceedings of the 2024 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems 
  2. Jeon, Hyeon*, Ghulam Jilani Quadri*, Hyunwook Lee, Paul Rosen, Danielle Albers Szafir, and Jinwook Seo. "Clams: a cluster ambiguity measure for estimating perceptual variability in visual clustering." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (2023).
    * - equal contribution
  3. Tseng, Chin, Ghulam Jilani Quadri, Zeyu Wang, and Danielle Albers Szafir. "Measuring categorical perception in color-coded scatterplots." In proceedings of the 2023 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems, pp. 1-14. 2023.
  4. Quadri, Ghulam Jilani, Jennifer Adorno Nieves, Brenton M. Wiernik, and Paul Rosen. "Automatic scatterplot design optimization for clustering identification." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (2022).
  5. Quadri, Ghulam Jilani, and Paul Rosen. "A survey of perception-based visualization studies by task." IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics (2021).
  6. Ghulam Jilani Quadri, "Constructing Frameworks for Task-Optimized Visualizations." Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Florida (2021).
  7. Quadri, Ghulam Jilani, and Paul Rosen. "Modeling the influence of visual density on cluster perception in scatterplots using topology." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 27, no. 2 (2020): 1829-1839.
  8. Rosen, Paul, and Ghulam Jilani Quadri. "Linesmooth: An analytical framework for evaluating the effectiveness of smoothing techniques on line charts." IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 27, no. 2 (2020): 1536-1546.