Dr. Scott Davidoff

Dr. Scott Davidoff manages Human Interfaces for Mission Operations at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. As principal investigator for NASA's Space Networking and Mission Automation program, he leads design and development of JPL's next-gen robot and spacecraft controls. As principal investigator of JPL's Data-to-Discovery program, he leads efforts to create new ways to interrogate and interact with planetary scale datasets. Dr. Davidoff serves on steering committees for the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Association for Computing Machinery. Across his over 18 years of experience, he has introduced numerous lightweight prototyping methods that have become industry standard software practice. 

Dr. Davidoff has a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, an MS in Computer Science (research), and an M.HCI in Human-Computer Interaction (practice), all from Carnegie Mellon.

Session: Parlor Tricks, Space Robots, and the Future We Want

This is a talk about the work we do, the work we show, the clients we want to have, and the future of our field, interspersed with stories of visualization work in progress at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We communicate the character and breadth of our field by the demos we show. Do visualizations for experts demo poorly to the general public? What effect does this have, and are there actions we can take to create a healthier visualization ecosystem?