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Young Researcher Award 2022 – Jürgen Bernard

Jürgen Bernard receives the EUROGRAPHICS Young Researcher Award 2022 for his outstanding and multi-faceted contribution to the visualization and visual analytics community.

Jürgen Bernard is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland, where he is leading the Interactive Visual Data Analysis Group. Bernard studied Computer Sciences with focus on Computer Graphics and Biotechnology at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He received his PhD Degree in 2015, when he was with Fraunhofer IGD, with a thesis on “Exploratory Search in Time-Oriented Primary Data”. In 2016, Jürgen Bernard started as a Post-doc researcher at TU Darmstadt, leading the Visual-Interactive Machine Learning Group. In 2019, he became a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He was also awarded the EuroVis Young Researcher Award in 2021.

Bernard’s primary research includes the characterization, design, and evaluation of visual-interactive interfaces to combine the strengths of both humans and algorithms in interactive machine learning and data science applications. He mainly focuses on time series data and multivariate data, and develops unique interactive machine learning techniques for cluster analysis, dimensionality reduction, active learning, regression analysis, and classification.  His work supports exploratory data analysis, i.e., sense-making, decision-making, and hypotheses-building processes. His human and problem-driven work finds its use in a range of important and impactful application domains including climate and earth observation, service and energy network analysis, political decision-making, as well as healthcare and patient-related research.

In his area of research Jürgen Bernard has produced a number of outstanding contributions, which is evidenced by several best paper awards from conferences such as IEEE VIS and EuroVA, the Hugo-Geiger Preis in 2016, and the Dirk Bartz Prize in 2017.

EUROGRAPHICS is pleased to recognize Jürgen Bernard with the 2022 Young Researcher Award.