Monica Billger, InfraVis Director
Chalmers, Professor of Architecture and Visualization
InfraVis is a result of massive collaborative efforts. I have coordinated the co-creation of InfraVis since Chalmers, Linköping, KTH and Lund received an infrastructure planning grant from the Swedish Research Council in 2014. In February 2015, we invited visualization experts from the other five InfraVis partner universities to a development process. Together, we have a deep understanding of the need for and the idea behind Infravis.
InfraVis Management Team is the central leadership of InfraVis. Without the Management Team, InfraVis would not be a whole, it wouldn’t be one identity. The Mangament Team has to make sure that the research infrastructure runs smoothly and that InfraVis colleagues feel like they are an integral part of InfraVis. It is also our responsibility to provide InfraVis experts with opportunities for competence development as well as opportunities for connecting with visualization research at the partner universities.
Mario Romero, InfraVis National Technical Manager
KTH, Associate Professor of Visualization
Strong organization, communication and delegation skills are on the top of my list as InfraVis National Technical Manager. Knowing the strengths, expertise, and resources available at each partner university, communicating clearly early on and letting people know how to succeed through their efforts instead of failing by doing it myself are some of the foundations for the successful management of InfraVis. I hope my efforts will help InfraVis fulfill its vision of providing state-of-the-art visualization support to Swedish research. This cannot be achieved without serving as solid support to Monica Billger, Director of InfraVis, and without a deep understanding of the research infrastructure as a whole, including long-term goals and strategies.
Kajsa M Paulsson, InfraVis National Technical Manager
Lund University, PhD Medical Sciences, MBA in Research Infrastructure
InfraVis is a highly needed research infrastructure that will serve users with the aim of promoting high quality research. With many years of management experience gained through, for example, being a board member of a number of Swedish and European research infrastructures and initiatives as well as having developed organizational models for different types of research infrastructures, I hope to help InfraVis fulfill its vision of becoming the obvious choice for researchers in need for data visualization support. Having complemented my work experience with the Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) focused on Research Infrastructures, I have a unique tool box for research infrastructure work including legal, financial, strategic and organizational issues – all vitally important aspects for a distributed research infrastructure like InfraVis.
Peter Westerdahl, Infravis National Technical Manager
Since the entire Infravis concept is new, with a strong focus on running competency-based activities, it feels like there is uncertainty in where to put focus, how to market and how to “get into” projects that would benefit from the skills of the Infravis experts. In this challenging and important work, I hope to help the Management Team move the most strategic activities forward so that research projects can ensure better outreach and better visualization within their respectiveresearch fields.
Katja Woxell, InfraVis Communications Lead
Lund University, MA in Cognitive Semiotics
How do you convince researchers unfamiliar with data visualization of its value? How do you turn researchers who already employ data visualization into long-term InfraVis users? What communications efforts are needed to build a distributed research infrastructure where people choose to stay year after year?
These are the challenges I am excited to tackle during my time at InfraVis. Considering my education in meaning-making on an experiential level as well as in and across multiple semiotic systems, combined with my background in empathy research, UX and entrepreneurship, we can expect great results on this fun journey .
Clara Larsson, InfraVis Administrator
Chalmers University, MA in Informatics
I have a part-time administrative role at the Chalmers node. My job revolves around Director Monica Billger, where I assist her in InfraVis management tasks, which often require a good understanding of both the research infrastructure and data visualization in general. Holding a master’s degree in informatics, with emphasis on immersive computing, and having worked in research projects related to data visualization certainly helps me to easily put myself in the context, and aid both Monica Billger and the entire Management Team to run InfraVis smoothly.
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