Rebecca Faust

PhD Student

Office: GS 756

Interests: Data visualization, exploratory data analysis.

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Biography

I am a 3rd year computer science PhD student at the University of Arizona where I work in the Humans, Data, and Computers (HDC) Lab and am advised by Dr. Carlos Scheidegger. I am currently a NIST GMSE Fellow working in collaboration with Dr. William Bernstein and other researchers at NIST. My research focus is on using data visualization to help analysts better understand how their analyses work and interpret their results. Before coming the University of Arizona, I attended the University of Montana where I earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a concentration in statistics.

​​​​​Research Interests

My research is focused on using data visualization to help analysts better understand how their analyses work and interpret their results. I have done research specifically on explaining what non-linear projection methods are doing and am now working on a method to help explain analysis programs in general.

What long-term project do you want to work on?

I would like to work on improving the explainability of data science analyses as well as improving the interpretability of the results.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy attempting to solve problems that could benefit people in the real world.

What are your career goals?

Down the line, I would like to continue doing research as a faculty member somewhere and lead a research group of my own. My main goal is to do something where I can mentor youth in the field in the same way I have been mentored.

​​​​Tell us something interesting about yourself!

I have a golden retriever named Rodger. You can find him on instagram at GoldenRodgerDodger2016.