Vetria L. Byrd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. She holds a PhD in Computer Science, Master’s Degrees in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Imaging) and Computer Science (Bioinformatics), and a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. Before joining Purdue Dr. Byrd was the Director of Advanced Visualization in Clemson Computing and Information Technology (CCIT), Cyberinfrastructure Integration Technology (CITI) at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. As Director, she developed a series of workshops designed to introduce visualization to the Clemson community. Her primary task was to serve as an agent for “insight” by assisting faculty, and staff with their data visualization needs. Dr. Byrd served as a mentor to undergraduate data visualization interns participating in Clemson’s University Professional Internship/Co-Op Program (UPIC). Undergraduates mentored by Dr. Byrd have matriculated to graduate school, given presentations at professional conferences and successfully obtained employment in industry and academia after graduation. Dr. Byrd is the founder and organizer of the biennial Broadening Participation in Visualization (BPViz) Workshop co-funded by CRA-W/CDC and the National Science Foundation. The workshop is designed to broaden participation of women and members of underrepresented groups in the field of visualization. Building on the collaborative nature of visualization, Dr. Byrd was the 2014/2015 principal investigator for the highly competitive NSF REU Site: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Collaborative Data Visualization Applications. The site invites undergraduates from U.S. Universities to participate in a paid 8-week summer research program in visualization. Dr. Byrd’s work in visualization has led to numerous invited talks and presentations including: keynote speaker at XSEDE14 (Atlanta, GA), Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, International HPC Summer School 2015, and The Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education.
Dr. Byrd’s research interests include: Multi-disciplinary collaborations, Broadening Participation in Visualization, Big Data Visualization, Information & Scientific Visualization, Visual Analytics, High Performance Computing, Bioinformatics, and Imaging.
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