Jack (Jarke J.) van Wijk [pronunciation] is full professor in visualization at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

He received a MSc degree in industrial design engineering in 1982 and a PhD degree in computer science in 1986, both from Delft University of Technology, both with honors. After a short period in the software industry, he has worked for ten years at the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation ECN. He joined Eindhoven University of Technology in 1998, where he became a full professor of visualization in 2001. His main research interests are information visualization, visual analytics, mathematical visualization, and flow visualizion. He is cofounder and VP Scientific Affairs of MagnaView BV.

He has (co-)authored more than 150 papers in visualization and computer graphics. He has been paper cochair for IEEE Visualization (2003, 2004), IEEE InfoVis (2006, 2007), IEEE VAST 2009, IEEE PacificVis 2010 and EG/IEEE EuroVis 2011. He received the IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2007 for his work on flow visualization; the Eurographics 2013 Outstanding Technical Contributions Award; best paper awards at IEEE InfoVis 2003, IEEE Visualization 2005, IEEE PacificVis 2013, and IEEE InfoVis 2014; and the 2009 Henry Johns Award of The Cartographic Journal. He was keynote, capstone, or invited speaker at PacificVis 2009, EuroVAST 2010, GD 2011, VMV 2011, i-KNOW 2011, Bridges 2013, IEEE VISSOFT 2013, and IEEE VIS 2013 (video).

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Vacancies PhD students

We have two open positions for PhD-students with a strong interest in information visualization.

Visual Analytics for Healthcare Workflows

This position is within the project Optimizing Healthcare Workflows, a cooperation of Philips Research, the process mining group of prof. Wil van der Aalst, and the visualization group, within the context of the Data Science Center Eindhoven. Click here for more information. Please apply before March 31, 2015.

Model-based Visualization of Software Event Data

This position is within the project "Big Software on the Run", a cooperation of the three Dutch Technical Universities. The aim is to obtain insight in huge, complex software systems, based on visual analysis of streams and sets of measured event data. Click here for more information. Please apply before January 31, 2015.

PhD students



Julia In Motion

Okke Schrijvers and I have worked on trying to give a visual explanation of the complexity of Julia sets. We will put things on line summer 2013, hold on.


INFODECODATA was an exhibition of the Graphics Design Museum in Breda, the Netherlands, which lasted from February to September 2010. At INFODECODATA various examples of my work were shown, including a large collection of SequoiaView images of hard disks, myriahedral projections, flow visualization and mathematical visualization.


MagnaView is a spin-off company based on innovative technology from the visualization group. It provides tools to visualize large tables in a variety of ways, where simultaneously overviews as well as details are presented.  

Regular Maps

How to generate highly symmetric tilings of closed surfaces? Such tilings are called Regular Maps, see here for more info. Presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2009.

Unfolding the Earth

What happens if we map the earth by gluing a large number of small maps together? Check out myriahedral projections.

Seifert surfaces

Given a knot, can you imagine an oriented surface bounded by that knot? More info can be found here.

Image Based Flow Visualization

Image Based Flow Visualization (IBFV) is a fast and versatile method for the visualization of two-dimensional fluid flows. Animations of fluid flow (textures, particles, etc.) are generated at 50 frames per second on standard PCs with 3D graphics hardware. The 2D version of IBFV has been presented at ACM SIGGRAPH 2002. More information can be found here. We have extended IBFV to deal with curved surfaces (presented at IEEE Visualization 2003). More information can be found here.


Research at TU/e has led to an innovative method for tree visualization: Cushion Treemaps. For a practical application, see the SequoiaView homepage. With SequoiaView you can get insight in the contents of an entire hard disk within a few seconds.  

Image Based Rendering of Iterated Function Systems

A fast method to generate fractal imagery. More information can be found here.

The Preset Controller

An interactive solution for the exploration of large parameter spaces. More information can be found here.



Jack van Wijk / j.j.v.wijk[at]tue.nl