The Visualization program at the University of Miami is an interdisciplinary effort whose mission is to develop and improve the core technologies for comprehensive computational modeling, simulation, analysis, and visualization of natural and synthetic phenomena, including research activity in computational mathematics, engineering, and geographical information systems. The group is also involved in developing integrated approaches to computational modeling, mathematical analysis, and interrogative visualization, especially for dynamic engineering, biomedical, epidemiological, and geophysical applications.


Program Director

Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo



Alberto Cairo, Center for Computational Science



Phone: 305.284.3220
Office: Room 2022, Frances L. Wolfson Building


Alberto Cairo, teachingAlberto Cairo was the perfect choice for program director of the Visualization Program.  He joined the School of Communication of the University of Miami in 2012, and is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism and Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Management teaching classes on visualization and information graphics. He holds MA and PhD degrees from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain, and has been a lecturer and professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2005-2009). He was also the James H. Shumaker term assistant professor at UNC between 2008 and 2009.


Cairo has an extensive career in the news industry. He has been director of infographics of El Mundo online (Spain, 2000-2005), and Editora Globo (Brazil, 2010-2011), and in the past decade he has consulted for media organizations and educational institutions in more than twenty countries, besides organizing workshops and other training programs for them.


The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization by Alberto CairoThe Truthful ArtCairo is the author of the books “The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization” (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2012), and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2016.)

In 2012, Cairo designed the first journalism Massive Open Online Course ever created, titled “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization”, in collaboration with the Knight Center for the Americas, in Texas. In its three editions, this online course has been followed by more than 11,000 students from nearly 150 countries.


In the past three years, Cairo has expanded his interests beyond news and visualization for communication, and has started engaging with the scientific visualization community through articles and conferences, like the one showcased here: “Storytelling, journalism, visualization, and science: A discussion in Nature Methods“, published by Nature Methods magazine. He has also be the keynote speaker at the North American Cartographic Information Society annual meeting, and the Swiss Statistical Society summit.

Alberto Cairo on YouTube



Mahsa Mirzargar, PhD, University of Miami Center for Computational Science, Visualization Program


Phone: 305.284.8381
Office: Room 330B, Arthur A. Ungar Building

Dr. Mirzargar joined the department of Computer Science at the University of Miami in Fall 2016. Prior to joining University of Miami, Dr. Mirzargar worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute, at University of Utah. Dr. Mirzargar has extensive experience in scientific visualization and multidimensional signal processing. She also has experience in uncertainty characterization and presentation, image processing, and statistical analysis, and data science. Dr. Mirzargar received her PhD in Computer Engineering at University of Florida in 2012, and her Masters degree in Computer Engineering at University of Florida in 2011.


This was recorded at the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Symposium on Computing Research in May 2016, which was supported by NSF grant 1019343. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this video are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 



MASTHEAD IMAGE SOURCE: “The potential of the new visualization lab at University Miami is shown in this high-performance Electron Density application. The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at University of Illinois at Chicago visualized a 3D molecular chemistry model and simulation data developed by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) at Argonne National Laboratory. The resulting image is displayed in the CAVE2™ Hybrid Reality Environment, developed by EVL and now a commercial product of Mechdyne Corp. CAVE2 is a trademark of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. For more information, see:

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