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Thomas
                        ButkiewiczThomas Butkiewicz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ithaca College in 2005, where he focused on computer graphics and virtual reality research. During his graduate studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he designed and developed new interactive geospatial visualization techniques, receiving a Masters in Computer Science in 2007 and a PhD in Computer Science in 2010. After a year as a research scientist at The Charlotte Visualization Center, he joined the Joint Hydrographic Center as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2011. In 2012 he joined the faculty as a research assistant professor.

Dr. Butkiewicz specializes in creating highly interactive visualizations, which allow users to perform complex visual analysis on geospatial datasets through unique, intuitive exploratory techniques. His research interests also include multi-touch and natural interfaces, virtual reality, stereoscopic displays, and image processing/computer vision.

His current research projects include visual analysis of 4D dynamic ocean simulations, using Microsoft's Kinect devices to enhance multi-touch screens and provide new interaction methods, multi-touch gesture research, and developing new interface approaches for sonar data cleaning.

You can contact Dr. Butkiewicz at tbutkiewicz@ccom.unh.edu

There is additional content regarding his projects available at his personal website.

Publications

"Low-cost Coastal Mapping using Kinect v2 Time-of-Flight Cameras" Thomas Butkiewicz, MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2014 St. John’s, Sept. 2014.


"Designing Improved Sediment Transport Visualizations" Chris Englert, Thomas Butkiewicz, Larry Mayer, A. Trembanis, Jonathan Beaudoin, Val  Schmidt, C. Duval, MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2013 San Diego, pp. 23-27, Sept. 2013.



"Exploring Ocean Flow Models with a Multitouch 3D Interface"
Thomas Butkiewicz, Sea Technology, vol. 53, no. 5, pp. 44-46, May 2012.





"A More Flexible Approach to Utilizing Depth Cameras for Hand & Touch Interaction"
Thomas Butkiewicz, IEEE VR 2012, Workshop on Off-the-Shelf Virtual Reality, 2012.


"Multi-touch 3D Exploratory Analysis of Ocean Flow Models". Thomas Butkiewicz and Colin Ware.  OCEANS'11 MTS/IEEE KONA, September 2011.


"Designing Knowledge-assisted Visual Analytics Systems for Organizational Environments". Xiaoyu Wang, Thomas Butkiewicz, Wenwen Dou, Eric Bier and William Ribarsky.  ACM VINCI'11, August 2011.


"Alleviating the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem within Probe-Based Geospatial Analyses". Thomas Butkiewicz, Ross K. Meentemeyer, Douglas A. Shoemaker, Remco Chang, Zachary Wartell, and William Ribarsky.   EuroVis 2010 / Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 29, num. 3, June 2010.


"A Linked Feature Space Approach to Exploring LIDAR Data". Lane Harrison, Thomas Butkiewicz, Xiaoyu Wang, William Ribarsky, and Remco Chang. SPIE Volume 7709: Visual Analytics for Homeland Defense and Security II 2010.


"Hierarchical Multi-touch Selection Techniques for Collaborative Geospatial Analysis". Thomas Butkiewicz, Dong Hyun Jeong, Zachary Wartell, William Ribarsky, and Remco Chang. SPIE Volume 7346: Visual Analytics for Homeland Defense and Security 2009.


"Integrating Time-series Visualizations within Parallel Coordinates for Exploratory Analysis of Incident Databases". Michael Butkiewicz, Thomas Butkiewicz, William Ribarsky, and Remco Chang. SPIE Volume 7346: Visual Analytics for Homeland Defense and Security 2009.


"Multi-Focused Geospatial Analysis Using Probes". Thomas Butkiewicz, Wenwen Dou, Zachary Wartell, William Ribarsky, and Remco Chang. InfoVis 2008 / IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) vol. 14, no 6. pp. 1165-1172, Nov/Dec, 2008.


"Visual Analysis and Semantic Exploration of Urban LIDAR Change Detection". Thomas Butkiewicz, Remco Chang, Zachary Wartell, William Ribarsky. EuroVis 2008 / Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 27, num. 3, 2008.


"Visual Analysis for Live LIDAR Battlefield Change Detection". Thomas Butkiewicz, Remco Chang, Zachary Wartell, William Ribarsky. SPIE Defense and Security Symposium 2008.


"Visualizing Uncertainty for Geographical Information in Global Terrorism Database". Josh Jones, Remco Chang, Thomas Butkiewicz, William Ribarsky. SPIE Defense and Security Symposium 2008.

 


"Legible Simplification of Textured Urban Models". Remco Chang, Thomas Butkiewicz, Caroline Ziemkiewicz, Zachary Wartell, Nancy Pollard, William Ribarsky. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (CG&A) Special Issue on Procedural Methods for Urban Modeling. vol. 28, num. 3, May/June 2008.


"Visual Analysis of Urban Terrain Dynamics", Thomas Butkiewicz, Remco Chang, William Ribarsky, and Zachary Wartell.  In "Understanding Dynamics of Geographic Domains", May Yuan, Kathleen S. Hornsby. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis. 2007.

(My urban LIDAR work was also featured on the cover.)


"Analyzing Sampled Terrain Volumetrically with Regard to Error and Geologic Variation", Thomas Butkiewicz, Remco Chang, Zachary Wartell, William Ribarsky, Proc. SPIE Visualization and Data Analysis '07, San Jose, CA, 2007.


"Hierarchical Simplification of City Models to Maintain Urban Legibility", Remco Chang, Thomas Butkiewicz, Zachary Wartell, Nancy S. Pollard, William Ribarsky, Proceedings of the SIGGRAPH 2006 Conference on Sketches, Boston, MA, ACM Press, Aug, 2006.


"Interactive Virtual Client for Teaching Occupational Therapy Evaluative Processes" Sharon Stansfield, Tom Butkiewicz, Evan Suma, and Marilyn Kane, Proceedings of ASSETS '05, Oct. 2005, Baltimore, MD, Oct. 2005.

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