Alison M Smith

hci, information visualization, machine learning, computational linguistics


I design user interfaces and visualizations for interacting with complex algorithms and their results. My focus is on enhancing users' understanding and analysis of data without requiring expertise in data science or machine learning.
interface and visualization of genomic sequence alignment
{d3, javascript, html5, css3} @ 2013
Termite UI
interface and visualization to support interactive topic modeling
{angular, d3, javascript, html5, css3} @2014
heat map of road races in the DC area
Race Map
visualization of road race metadata
leaflet, javascript, html5, css3 @ 2014
data visualization of the results of hierarchical topic modeling
{angular, d3, javascript, html, css} @ 2014
Topic Flow
user interface and data visualization for exploring the evolution of topics in text
{d3, javascript, html, css} @ 2012
coordinated views for exploring text data by time, location, and discovered topics
{d3, leaflet, javascript, html, css} @ 2013


Alison Smith, Sana Malik, and Ben Shneiderman. Visual Analysis of Topical Evolution in Unstructured Text: Design and Evaluation of TopicFlow. Applications of Social Media and Social Network Analysis. Springer International Publishing, 2015. [pdf]
Alison Smith, Timothy Hawes, Jim Nolan. Towards an Automated Intelligence Product Generation Capability. SPIE Sensing Technology + Applications. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2015. [proceedings]
Alison Smith, Timothy Hawes, and Meredith Myers. Hierarchie: Interactive Visualization for Hierarchical Topic Models. ACL 2014 Workshop on Interactive Language Learning, Visualization, and Interfaces, 2014. [pdf]
Alison Smith, Jason Chuang, Yuening Hu, Jordan Boyd-Graber, and Leah Findlater. Concurrent Visualization of Relationships between Words and Topics in Topic Models. ACL 2014 Workshop on Interactive Language Learning, Visualization, and Interfaces, 2014. [pdf]
Sana Malik, Alison Smith, Timothy Hawes, Panagis Papadatos, Jianyu Li, Cody Dunne, Ben Shneiderman. TopicFlow: Visualizing Topic Alignment of Twitter Data over Time. Proceedings of 2013 IEEE/ACM ASONAM. ACM, 2013.
Yuening Hu, Jordan Boyd-Graber, Brianna Satinoff, and Alison Smith. Interactive Topic Modeling. Machine Learning Journal. Springer International Publishing, 2013. [journal]
Yuening Hu, Alison Smith, Jordan Boyd-Graber. User Study for Interactive Topic Modeling. Women in Machine Learning. NIPS, 2013. [poster]