Victoria Interrante


Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota

6-185 Keller Hall
interran {at} umn {dot} edu
(612) 625-3543

Professor Interrante's research focuses on applying insights from visual perception and cognition to the development of more effective virtual reality experiences and the more effective communication of complex information through visual imagery. In this work, she has enjoyed collaborating with colleagues in a wide variety of fields, from architectural design and neuropsychology to engineering and medicine.

Dr. Interrante is a recipient of the 2020 IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Career Award in recognition of her lifetime contributions to visualization and visual perception for augmented and virtual reality, and the 1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, "the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers". She was also a recipient of the 2001-2003 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Interrante co-founded and served as the first general co-chair of the ACM/SIGGRAPH Symposium on Applied Perception, and is currently serving as co-editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, as well as engaging in recent or current service on the editorial boards of several other leading journals including the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. She was an invited presenter at the 2004 National Academies Convocation on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, an invited participant at the National Academy of Engineering's Seventh Annual Frontiers of Engineering, and a member of the organizing committee for the Eighth German-American Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering, a joint project of the NAE and the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation.

In addition, Dr. Interrante has an active record of leadership and service with numerous top international conferences in virtual reality, visualization and computer graphics. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, for which she also served as co-General Chair in 2014 and co-Program Chair in 2015-2017. In recent years, she has also served as the co-General Chair of EuroVR 2017, and as co-Program Chair of the 2018 and 2019 EuroVR Conferences, the 2010 Joint Virtual Reality Conference of EGVE, EuroVR and VEC, and the 2008 Eurographics Workshop on Computational Aesthetics, as well as chair of the technical track on Graphics, Animation and Gaming at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Interrante is currently serving as the director of the University-wide Center for Cognitive Sciences and as a member of the graduate faculty in the interdisciplinary Cognitive Science and Human Factors programs. She also served from 2010-2013 as a member and 2013-2014 as co-chair of the Women's Faculty Cabinet, providing consultation and advice to the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs to improve and enrich the academic and professional environments for women faculty at the University of Minnesota. She also served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from 2010-2013.


Enhancing Spatial Perception and Presence in Immersive Virtual Environments

Enhancing Locomotion in Immersive Virtual Environments

Applications of Immersive Virtual Environments Technology

Feature Extraction for Visualization
shock extraction (more info) valley lines (more info)

Multivariate Data Visualization

Conveying 3D Shape via Texture
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Visualizing 3D Flow with Volume Line Integral Convolution
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Applications of Volume Rendering

Google Scholar citations


CSci 2031: Introduction to Numerical Computing -- Fall 2001, 2009, 2010; Spring 2005, 2008
CSci 2033: Elementary Computational Linear Algebra -- Spring 2014, 2015, 2016, Fall 2016
CSci 4107: Introduction to Computer Graphics Programming -- Spring 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010; Summer 2012
CSci 4980: Global Seminar on Computer Graphics in China -- Summer 2004 (organized by Baoquan Chen)
CSci 5107/5607: Computer Graphics I -- Spring 1999, Fall 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
CSci 5108/5608: Computer Graphics II -- Spring 2000, 2002, 2006
CSci 5109/5609: Visualization -- Fall 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010; Spring 2012, 2013
CSci 5619: Virtual Reality and 3D Interaction -- Spring 2015, 2016, Fall 2017
CSci 5980: Interacting in Virtual Worlds -- Fall 2011
CSci 8001/8002: Introduction to Research in Computer Science -- Fall 2006, Spring 2007
CSci 8199: Topics in Visualization Research -- Winter 1999
CSci 8980: Perception for Visualization -- Fall 2000
CSci 8980: Virtual Environments -- Fall 2004, 2008, 2014

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Koorosh Vaziri
Sahar Aseeri
Jangyoon Kim
Peng Liu (on leave)


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