Colleen Bushell is a Senior Research Scientist in the Illinois Applied Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is in the area of data science, specifically visual analytics and information design. She focuses on developing techniques and software tools for analyzing and presenting genomic and health data. She holds affiliate positions at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. She is a senior participant in the NIH Center of Excellence for Big Data Computing, responsible for the visualization component of the software environment. Other current projects include several collaborations with Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Alltech Inc., and several University of Illinois faculty members. Bushell holds an MFA and BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prior to joining ARI in December 2014, Colleen held a senior research and development position at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and directed the SPIN (Students Pushing INnovation) program. Between 2004 and 2011, she served as Director of Product Development and Design at RiverGlass Inc., an NCSA spin-off software company she co-founded that focused on text analytics. Her NCSA research during the period 1986-2004 included scientific animations of simulation data, the design of the interface for Mosaic, the first Web browser, and National Workplace, a web-based office space for the Office of Vice President Al Gore, and co-developed a visual programming interface for NCSA’s D2K data analytics software. She was a tenured professor in Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was given the 1999 College of Fine Arts Outstanding Faculty Award.
Ms. Bushell has been invited to speak on visual design and representation at such places as the Hungarian Academy of Design in Budapest, Mayo Clinic, MIT Media Lab, and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). She has consulted for General Motors, McGraw-Hill, General Dynamics, Netscape, and other corporations. Her work has received international awards and appeared in Edward Tufte’s best-selling book “Visual Explanations,” and has been exhibited at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Hong Kong Museum of Science and Technology, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.