Hi, I'm Dominik Moritz

I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Washington in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. I am advised by Jeff Heer from the Interactive Data Lab and Bill Howe from the eScience Institute, the iSchool, and the Database Group.

I combine large-scale systems with interactive data visualization to develop tools that enhance people’s ability to understand and communicate data. Systems I have developed have won awards at premier academic venues, and are used by the Python and JavaScript data science communities. Learn more about my research through my publications or watch my talks.

During my first year at UW, I received support from the Fulbright program. Until 2013, I studied IT-Systems Engineering at Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany. I am a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation. I have worked with the Open Knowledge Foundation, Google, Google Research, and Microsoft Research. Details are in my CV.

I am on the research faculty market this year.


  • I passed my general exam and am now a PhD candidate.
  • Draco receives the best paper award at InfoVIS 2018.
  • I am organizing the DSIA Workshop at VIS 2018 in Berlin.
  • Vega-Lite is featured by Nature as a visualization tool for interactive and reproductible publishing.
  • Vega-Lite 2.1 released with support for geographic maps.
  • Vega-Lite is used for illustrations in “Making Data Visual” by Danyel Fisher and Miriah Meyer.


Oct 21–26, 18 VIS, Berlin
Oct 20–21, 18 Information+, Potsdam
Oct 7–12, 18 Progressive Data Analysis and Visualization, Schloss Dagstuhl
May 16–14, 18 OpenVis Conf, Paris
Apr 24–27, 18 NC State, Raleigh
Nov 11–17, 17 Connecting Visualization and Data Management Research, Schloss Dagstuhl