About Dr. Byrd>



Dr. Byrd is the Director of the Data Visualization Lab in Computer Graphics Technology (CGT). She has been steadfast in grantsmanship towards discovery as evident numerous proposals and grant submissions, internal and external to Purdue University.  She has the desire and the skills to lead single investigator efforts and she works with colleagues in CGT and across campus where she has served as co-PI on a number of collaborative proposals.  She is working with undergraduate and graduate students in the pursuit of new knowledge in the research areas of visualizing a medical/disease database and gesture mapping, respectively. She has co-authored papers on curriculum development for data visualization and on visualization as a conduit for collaboration. She is developing curriculum for CGT270 Data Visualization as part of the new CGT Data Visualization major. She serves on two master’s thesis committees.  She is currently actively recruiting graduate students for the Data Visualization Lab.


Dr. Byrd contributes to Discovery in Visualization in following ways:

Internal Proposals & Grants

Submitted & Funded​

January 07, 2016–August 2018 | Purdue Polytechnic Post-Doc Award Competition – FY16, $100,000 ($50,000/year for 2 years) plus funding for travel to conferences and supplies.

January 11, 2017 | Data Visualization for Societal Problems, $4,000.00, PI, Collaborative Development: Polytechnic and Liberal Arts Faculty. Notification pending


Submitted & Not Funded​

February 10, 2017 | MRI: Acquisition of a GPU system for advancing research, education and industrial partnerships, $3,975,000.00, co-PI. This project will acquire and deploy a shared resource of a state of art, 250-node GPU system that will improve access and increase use of the accelerator technology by scientists, engineers, students, and industry partners for the ultimate goal of advancing scientific discovery, engineering, and workforce development.

November 9, 2016 | Acquisition of a Visual Display Environment for Visualization Research, $98,555.32, PI. 16-17 Laboratory & University Core Facility Research Equipment Program.

May 3, 2016 | Purdue Research Foundation Summer Faculty Research Grant Program (PRF/SFG), “Exploring a Visual Analytic Framework to Support Reasoning and Decisions under Uncertainty.”

External Proposals & Grants

In Preparation

July 2017 | CAREER: The Impact of Data Visualization Capacity Building on Developing 21st Century Skills, PI, Amount Pending.

​March 29, 2017 | Integrating Computational Thinking and Engineering Design through Data Visualization, Amount Pending, PI, NSF STEM+C proposal, Amount pending

Submitted (Under Review)

January 18, 2017 | II-EN: Infrastructure for Visualization Research Skunkworks, $977,952.00, PI, Infrastructure for collaborative visualization research.

November 2, 2016 | Lowering a Barrier to STEM Learning by Enhancing Student’s Information Visualization Literacy, $297,487.00, co-PI, Using data visualization.

Submitted & Not Funded


​June 20, 2016 | National Endowment for the Humanities: “The Interactive Image” Revisited: A Media Archaeology Approach, $301,183.00, co-PI.

August 24, 2016 | CC* Compute: SuperScholar for Advancing Student Cyberinfrastructure Literacy, $482,670.00, co-PI.

August 28, 2016 | REU Site: Purdue Polytechnic Institute (PPI-VisREU) Research Experience for Building Undergraduate Competency in Data Visualization, $867,094, PI.

Discovery Programs Underway

New Major in Data Visualization. Dr. Byrd is assisting with the development of new curriculum for the new undergraduate major in data visualization. CGT 270 Data Visualization is being taught spring 2017 to an undergraduate class of 24 students.

PhD and MS Thesis and Directed Project Committees

Committee Chair​

January 11, 2017 | Data Visualization for Societal Problems, $4,000.00, PI, Collaborative Development: Polytechnic and Liberal Arts Faculty. Notification pending

Committee Member​

Master’s Thesis Committee Member, Student: Sharlane, S. Cleare, Program: Tech Leadership & Innovation (TLIN)

Master’s Thesis Committee member, Student: Asefeh Kardgar, Program: Computer Graphics Technology (CGT)

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Mentoring

Graduate Mentoring

Mingran Li, Graduate Student, Visually Mapping Medical Diseases and Medical Treatments

Undergraduate Mentoring​

Tyler Brangman, Undergraduate Student, Gesture-Manipulated 3D Network Maps for Tracking, Assessment, and Reflection Opportunities in Digital Non-linear Adaptive Learning Systems.