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Research Interests

Education

Employment

Publications

Invited Talks

Awards and Honors

Teaching and Students

Contact Info

Cecilia R. Aragon

Staff Scientist
Computational Research Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(510) 486-4106

 

Research Interests

Human-Computer Interaction
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work for Scientific Collaborations
Information and Scientific Visualization
Visual Analytics
 

Education

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2004;  Advisor: Prof. Marti Hearst
M.S., Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. with Honors, Mathematics, California Institute of Technology
 

Employment

2005 - present: Staff Scientist, Computational Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California. Research in visualization, analytics, and human-computer interaction with applications to scientific collaborations and large scientific data sets, including supernova image data and other astrophysics data. Software group lead and architect, Sunfall project for the Nearby Supernova Factory.

1996 - 2005: Computer Scientist, Computational Sciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. (1996 - 2000: employed by Caelum Research Corp.) Research in human-computer interaction and information and scientific visualization with applications to aerospace. Group lead, Domain Exploration for the Information Design project. Data visualization, 2D/3D graphics and user interface software design and implementation for remote access and scientific collaboration software over very large heterogeneous databases of aeronautical and aerospace data.

1987 - 1996: Software Consultant, Aragon Consulting, Berkeley, California. Software development in 2D and 3D graphics, user interface design, image processing and aerodynamic modeling.

1991 - 1994: Founder and CEO, Top Flight Aviation, Inc., Livermore, California. Founded professional aerobatic flight school. Managed staff of 24, developed aviation curriculum and provided flight instruction at all levels, supervised design and building of aircraft, test flew completed aircraft, performed at airshows and competitions in the U.S. and Europe.

 

Selected Publications

Human-Computer Interaction, Visualization and Analytics

Astrophysics

  • "Object classification at the Nearby Supernova Factory"   (PDF), S. Bailey, C. Aragon, R. Romano, R. C. Thomas, B. A. Weaver and D. Wong, Astronomische Nachrichten Vol. 329, Issue 3, pp. 292-294 (2008).

  • "Data Taking in a Virtual Control Room: the SNfactory Example," Antilogus, P.; Thomas, R. C.; Aldering, G.; Aragon, C.; Copin, Y.; Gangler, E.; Hornero, E.; Pecontal, A.; Poon, S.; Runge, K.; Scalzo, R.; Bailey, S.; Baltay, C.; Buton, C.; Bongard, S.; Childress, M.; Loken, S.; Nugent, P.; Pain, R.; Pecontal, E.; Pereira, R.; Perlmutter, S.; Rabinowitz, D.; Rigaudier, G.; Smadja, G.; Tao, C.; Wu, C. Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II. Edited by Brissenden, Roger J.; Silva, David R. Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 7016, pp. 70161L-70161L-12 (2008).

  • "How to Find More Supernovae with Less Work: Object Classification Techniques for Difference Imaging," S. Bailey, C. Aragon, R. Romano, R. C. Thomas, B. A. Weaver and D. Wong, LBNL-62659, Astrophysical Journal 665:1246T (2007).

  • "Nearby Supernova Factory Observations of SN 2006D: On Sporadic Carbon Signatures in Early Type Ia Supernova Spectra," The Nearby Supernova Factory: R. C. Thomas, G. Aldering, P. Antilogus, C. Aragon, S. Bailey, C. Baltay, E. Baron, A. Bauer, C. Buton, S. Bongard, Y. Copin, E. Gangler, S. Gilles, R. Kessler, S. Loken, P. Nugent, R. Pain, J. Parrent, E. Pecontal, R. Pereira, S. Perlmutter, D. Rabinowitz, G. Rigaudier, K. Runge, R. Scalzo, G. Smadja, L. Wang, B. A. Weaver, LBNL-61745, Astrophysical Journal 654:L53-L56 (2007).

  • "The Nearby Supernova Factory: toward a high-precision spectro-photometry"   (PDF), Copin, Y.; Buton, C.; Gangler, E.; Smadja, G.; Pecontal, E.; Rigaudier, G.; Antilogus, P.; Bailey, S.; Pain, R.; Pereira, R.; Wu, C.; Aldering, G.; Aragon, C.; Bongard, S.; Childress, M.; Loken, S.; Nugent, P.; Perlmutter, S.; Runge, K.; Thomas, R. C.; Weaver, B. A.; Baltay, C.; Bauer, A.; Rabinowitz, D.; Scalzo, R. Proc. of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Grenoble, France (July 2007).

  • "The Supernova Integral Field Spectrograph: keys to high-precision spectro-photometry"   (PDF), Buton, C.; Copin, Y.; Gangler, E.; Smadja, G.; Pecontal, E.; Rigaudier, G.; Antilogus, P.; Bailey, S.; Pain, R.; Pereira, R.; Wu, C.; Aldering, G.; Aragon, C.; Bongard, S.; Childress, M.; Loken, S.; Nugent, P.; Perlmutter, S.; Runge, K.; Thomas, R. C.; Weaver, B. A.; Baltay, C.; Bauer, A.; Rabinowitz, D.; Scalzo, R. Proc. of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Grenoble, France (July 2007).

  • List of all astrophysics publications from ADS, the Astrophysics Data System.

 

Theoretical Computer Science

Scientific Visualization and Simulation

  • "Automated Analysis for Detecting Beams in Laser Wakefield Simulations," Daniela Ushizima, Oliver Ruebel, Prabhat, Gunther Weber, E. Wes Bethel, Cecilia Aragon, Cameron Geddes, Estelle Cormier-Michel, Bernd Hamann, Peter Messmer, Hans Hagen. Seventh International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications, Proceedings of IEEE ICMLA'08, 2008.

  • "Seeing the Unseeable," E. Wes Bethel, Chris Johnson, Charles Hansen, Claudio Silva, Steven Parker, Allen Sanderson, Lee Myers, Martin Cole, Xavier Tricoche, Sean Ahern, George Ostrouchov, Dave Pugmire, Jamison Daniel, Jeremy Meredith, Valerio Pascucci, Hank Childs, Peer-Timo Bremer, Ajith Mascarenhas, Ken Joy, Bernd Hamann, Christoph Garth, Cecilia Aragon, Gunther Weber, and Prabhat. SciDAC Review, Number 8, Summer 2008.

  • "DOE's SciDAC Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technologies - Strategy for Petascale Visual Data Analysis Success," Bethel, E. W., Johnson, C., Aragon, C., Prabhat, Ruebel, O., Weber, G., Pascucci, V., Childs, H., Bremer, P.-T., Whitlock, B., Ahern, S., Meredith, J., Ostrouchov, G., Joy, K., Hamann, B., Garth, C., Cole, M., Hansen, C., Parker, S., Sanderson, A., Silva, C., Tricoche, X. CTWatch Quarterly, Volume 3, Number 4, November 2007.

  • "A Unified Approach to Building Accelerator Simulation Software for the SSC," V. Paxson, C. Aragon, S. Peggs, C. Saltmarsh, L. Schachinger, Proc. 1989 IEEE Particle Accelerator Conference (1989).

 

 

Invited Talks

  • Sunfall: Visual Analytics for Astrophysics, Purdue University Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series, West Lafayette, IN (Nov. 2008).

  • Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab, Berkeley Edge Conference, University of California, Berkeley (October 2008).

  • Facilitating Scientific Insight with Sunfall, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA (October 2008).

  • Sunfall and Collaborative Visual Analytics, IEEE VisWeek Workshop on Immersive Interfaces, Columbus, OH (October 2008).

  • How to Deploy a Lightweight Context-Linked Event Notification System to Reduce Uncertainty in Time-sensitive, Cross-cultural Scientific Collaborations, Collaborative Expedition Workshop, NSF, Ballston, VA (August 19, 2008).

  • Sunfall: A Collaborative Workflow Management System for the Nearby Supernova Factory, SNAP Collaboration Computing Meeting, Fermilab, Batavia, IL (July 2008).

  • Sunfall: A Collaborative Workflow Management System for the Nearby Supernova Factory, SciDAC conference, Seattle, WA (July 2008).

  • Sunfall: A Collaborative Visual Analytics System for Astrophysics, Advanced Computing for Science Department Meeting, LBNL (July 2008).

  • Sunfall: Visual Analytics for Astrophysics, CAHSI Lecture Series, Univ. of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX (Apr. 2008).

  • SpectraVis: Visualization and Analytics for Physics and Astrophysics, VACET All-Hands Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT (Apr. 2008).

  • SpectraVis: Visualization and Analytics for Astrophysics, SciDAC Computational Astrophysics Consortium Meeting, SLAC, Menlo Park, CA (Apr. 2008).

  • Women in College of Engineering Leadership Retreat, Fresno State University, Fresno, CA (Apr. 2008).

  • High Performance Computing at Berkeley Lab, Berkeley Edge Program, UC Berkeley, CA (Mar. 2008).

  • Sunfall: A Visual Analytics System for Astrophysics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (Feb. 2008).

  • Sunfall: A Visual Analytics System for Astrophysics, UCB BEARS research symposium, CSE session, Berkeley, CA (Feb. 2008).

  • Panel on Challenges and Opportunities on Strengthening Competitiveness, CAHSI Annual Meeting, Miami, FL (Dec. 2007).

  • SpectraVis: Visualization and Analytics for Supernova Spectra, VACET Meeting, IEEE Vis 2007 (Nov. 2007).

  • SC 07 Broader Engagement panel on careers in supercomputing, SC 07, Reno, NV (Oct. 2007).

  • Presentation on overcoming obstacles in getting a PhD in computer science, Grace Hopper conference, Orlando, FL (Oct. 2007). Most highly-rated presentation at the conference.

  • Overview of NERSC Analytics Program, NERSC, Oakland, CA (Sep. 2007).

  • Sunfall: NERSC Analytics for Astrophysics Users, NERSC, Oakland, CA (Sep. 2007).

  • Visualization Research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (Jun. 2007).

  • High-Volume Supernova Search Image Processing Techniques, Astronomy Visualization Workshop, San Diego, CA (Nov. 2006).

  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: Airflow Hazard Display for Helicopter Pilots, DOE Computer Graphics Forum, Monterey, CA (May 2006).

  • LBNL Analytics Support for Astrophysics: The Nearby Supernova Factory, DOE Computer Graphics Forum, Monterey, CA (May 2006).

  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: Airflow Hazard Display for Helicopter Pilots, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (Jun. 2005).

  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: Airflow Hazard Display for Helicopter Pilots, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (Apr. 2005).

  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: Airflow Hazard Display for Helicopter Pilots, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA (Mar. 2005).

  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: Airflow Hazard Display for Helicopter Pilots, Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (Mar. 2005).

  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: Airflow Hazard Display for Helicopter Pilots, Computer Science Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (Mar. 2005).

  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: Airflow Hazard Display for Helicopter Pilots, Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (Mar. 2005).

  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: Airflow Hazard Display for Helicopter Pilots, Computational Sciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (Feb. 2005).

  • Making the Invisible Visible: Augmented-Reality Airflow Hazard Visualization for Pilots, Adaptive Displays Conference, SIGGRAPH 2004, Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 2004).

 

 

Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award Nominee, ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2008
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Spot Award, 2008
  • Best Poster Award, IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology, 2007
  • Most Highly Rated Presentation, Grace Hopper Conference, 2007
  • Best Application Award, 5th International Conference of Machine Learning Applications, 2006
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Spot Award, 2006
  • Best Student Paper Award, 23rd IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 2004
  • Eugene L. Lawler Award, 2004
  • U.S. patent pending for video image stabilization system (UnshakerTM)
  • NASA Space Act Award (twice)
  • Bell Laboratories Graduate Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (declined)
  • McKinney Prize in English
  • Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honor Society
  • 4.0 undergraduate GPA
  • National Merit Scholar
  • United States Aerobatic Team (twice)

 

Teaching

Instructor, 8th Grade Honors Algebra, Berkeley, CA, Sept. 2007 - June 2008.

Co-Instructor, Industrial Design and Human Factors, IEOR 170 (upper division engineering course with enrollment of 60 juniors and seniors), University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2006.

Certificated Flight Instructor, Oakland, Livermore, and Tracy Airports, over 2400 hours of flight instruction given, over 3000 hours of ground instruction given, 1987 - 2008.

Teaching Assistant, Computer Graphics, CS 284 (graduate computer science course), University of California, Berkeley, 1984.

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Computer Science, CS 1 (freshman introductory computer programming course), University of California, Berkeley, 1983.

Mathematics Tutor, college and high school level, 1979 - 1983.

Students

Former students:
Wayne Ryan
Elena Caraba
Sarah Poon
Adarsh Uppula
Daniel Wong

Research programs for undergraduates:

 


Contact Info

Cecilia R. Aragon
Computational Research Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road, MS 50F-1650
Berkeley, California 94720

(510) 486-4106 (tel)
(510) 486-5812 (fax)

Projects and Groups:
http://snfactory.lbl.gov
http://acs.lbl.gov
http://vis.lbl.gov
NERSC Visual Analytics