Exploring the foundations of curiosity and sensemaking.

Jeremy is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida working with Dr. Eric Ragan in the Interactive Data and Immersive Environments (INDIE) lab . Jeremy mainly builds interactive data visualizations to study Human-Centered Computation and sensemaking in analysis. Check out his current and past projects, or read some of his recent publications.


Inspired by the natural world, Jeremy is an explorer, excited to ignite the next generation of life-long learners. Fascinated by the concepts of motivation, curiosity, and storytelling, Jeremy is seeking ways to partner human intuition with artificial intelligence to inspire. With the flexibility provided by the Human-Centered Computing Ph.D. program at the University of Florida, Jeremy's diverse set of experience lends itself to creative opportunity exploration in every project he approaches.

Current Work

Jeremy's current research focuses on the development of interactive visualizations for communicating inherently non-visual data. He focuses on the communication of interaction histories; distilling key moments of meaning and orchestrating them into a short narrative. This work is inspired in part by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Laboritory for Analytic Sciences.

Jeremy's childhood involved countless hours marching through the Pocono mountain backcountry. Following his curiosity, Jeremy climbed about treetops, mixed mud puddles, and sang his heart out on stage. Jeremy was diagnosed with dysgraphia in elementary school and, with the support of his family, found video to be a non-written way to engage with concepts and express his ideas more completely. This was the beginning of his interest in how we use stories to communicate.
As a teen, Jeremy invested in his community through his work as a Boy Scout. Jeremy found his inclination toward mentoring when he partnered with younger cub scouts and, through his encouragement, invited all 13 of them to continue with their scouting careers. He completed his Eagle Scout award, learned STEM concepts through an advanced multidisciplinary high school curriculum, and began producing videos for his high school and the New York Film Academy.
Intending to use new media to communicate the benefits of education, Jeremy pursued an Emerging Media degree at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He was awarded the Park Scholarship and used this opportunity to deeply engage with media literacy both with young students and inquisitive retirees. While in college, Jeremy took time abroad to diversify his tech-heavy studies in New Zealand. He found passion and excitement in learning unusual topics like geology, Latin, and sustainability. Throughout his college career, Jeremy applied project management techniques. He participated in undergraduate research, developed a handful of video games, founded a visual effects student-alumni community, and directed the first animated show at the oldest college television network in the US.
After graduation, he joined the higher education technology sector by helping professors design online learning modules and virtual reality experiences. Through his industry experience, he saw first-hand how media production could be influential. It was then that he realized that cognitive processing was the key to understanding the foundations of curiosity; therefore, graduate study began.
Now, with the ever-present sunshine in Gainesville, FL, Jeremy works to understand how people engage with data and learn from their history. When he's not in the office, he volunteers on a local farm, teaches students about compost, and makes the zero-waste lifestyle look good. At the same time, he tries to distill the essence of what motivates people to learn new things.
Jeremy is drawn toward academics by a collection of inspiring teachers, empathetic professors, and myriad experiences. He believes knowledge is the ultimate gift and strives to turn apathy into curiosity.