The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has hired a former Georgia Tech professor to lead development of its data visualization center.

William Ribarsky joins the faculty at the College of Information Technology as the first Bank of America Endowed Chair in IT. He also will serve as director of the center and be in charge of recruiting faculty for the Department of Computer Science.

Ribarsky was a founding member of the Graphics Visualization and Usability Center at Georgia Tech.

UNC Charlotte plans to open its visualization center next spring. The center will use computerized graphics to interpret, analyze and understand data. It is to be an interdisciplinary center.

Ribarsky, a director of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee, has performed extensive research in virtual reality, bioinformatics and interactive 3D visualization. His work has earned grants from the National Science Foundation, Army Research Lab, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy and NASA.

Ribarsky earned a PhD in physics from the University of Cincinnati in 1974.

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