Pedro Miguel Cruz
Assistant Professor - Information Visualization
Pedro Cruz is a data visualization designer and explorer. Currently he is finishing his PhD in Information Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra and holds a MSc in Informatics Engineering of the same University. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Pedro taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at the intersection of design and technology at University of Coimbra (2008-2015) and in Porto Business School (2015). He was a researcher at the Computational Design and Visualization Lab/CDV, leading an initiative in visualization for big data in a partnership with Sonae, the biggest retail company in Portugal. He passed through MIT Senseable City Lab in Cambridge and Singapore, working on visualization for cities. Prior to that he collaborated regularly with design studio FBA on new media design.
In 2014 he was awarded on the category for Design and Social Movements at the 4th Ibero-American Biennial of Design. He won the ACM SIGGRAPH Student Research Competition in 2010 and was a semi-finalist in 2011. His work was featured in several exhibitions around the world such as CES, MoMA’s Talk to Me and SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival as well as in magazines such as Fast Company (Co.Design & Co.Create) and Wired (US & UK) and in specialized books. Pedro enjoys sharing his vision on information visualization, and has done so through several lectures and presentations in the United States, Brazil, France, Spain and Portugal.