Hans Rosling Memorial

Ola Rosling
President & Co-Founder of Gapminder Foundation

Ola Rosling is President & Co-Founder of Gapminder Foundation which he founded together with his wife and his father.

Since 1999 Ola lead the development of the Trendalyzer software, which was acquired by Google in 2007. At Google Ola and his team delivered the Motion Chart as part of Google Spreadsheets. As Product Manager for Google Public Data Ola then helped democratized access to Public Statistics by developing the infrastructure needed to make official statistics part of Google Search results. Ola & Anna went back to Gapminder in 2011 to develop free teaching materials for a fact-based worldview.

In 2014 Ola coined the term Factfulness, which Gapminder is now promoting in order to make the education about Sustainable Development less ideological and more fact-based.

Together with Anna and Hans, Ola wrote the Factfulness book, launched in April 2018.

EGEV Keynote I

Alla Sheffer
University of British Columbia

Alla Sheffer is a professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, where she investigates algorithms for shape modeling and analysis in the context of computer graphics applications. She is best known for her research on mesh parameterization, hexahedral meshing, computational garment design, and perception driven shape modeling. Dr. Sheffer is the recipient of the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society Achievement Award’18. Her research has been supported by faculty awards from IBM, Google and Adobe, Discovery, Discovery Accelerator and I2I NSERC grants, a Killam research fellowship, an Audi Production Award, and a UBC Killam Research Award. Dr. Sheffer has served as an Associate Editor of all three major computer graphics journals (ACM Transactions on Graphics, IEEE Transactions on Visualization Computer Graphics, and Eurographics Computer Graphics Forum). She served as a program co-chair for Eurographics’18, Symposium on Geometry Processing’06, and Shape Modeling’13. She was a general co-chair for the Pacific Graphics’18 and Geometric Modeling and Processing’19 conferences. Dr. Sheffer had co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including 42 papers in ACM Transactions on Graphics, the topmost competitive CG venue; 22 of these were published in the last five years. She holds six recent patents on methods for sketch analysis and hexahedral mesh generation.

EGEV Keynote II

Jackie Faherty
American Museum of Natural History

Senior Scientist and Senior Education Manager jointly in the Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History. Working at the forefront of brown dwarf and exoplanet atmosphere detection and characterization. Striving to create more opportunities for underrepresented minorities to enter STEM fields through unique outreach endeavors.

EGEV Keynote III

Kavita Bala
Cornell University

Kavita Bala is the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Cornell University. She received her S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and her B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Bombay). She co-founded GrokStyle, a visual search company acquired by Facebook. Bala specializes in computer graphics and computer vision, leading research in recognition and visual search; material modeling and acquisition using physics and learning; realistic, physically-based rendering; and material and lighting perception. Bala’s work on 3D Mandalas was featured at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.

Bala is an ACM Fellow. Bala has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Transactions on Graphics (TOG), and serves on the SIGGRAPH Papers Advisory Group. Bala has co-authored the graduate-level textbook “Advanced Global Illumination” (A K Peters publisher, second edition). She chaired SIGGRAPH Asia 2011, and co-chaired Pacific Graphics (2010) and the Eurographics Symposium on Rendering (2005). Bala has received the NSF CAREER award, and multiple Teaching Awards (Fiona Li and Donald Li Excellence in Teaching Award 2015, James and Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006 and 2009).

EGEV Keynote IV

Juliana Freire
New York University

Juliana Freire is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at New York University.  She also holds an appointment in the Courant Institute for Mathematical Science and is a faculty member at the NYU Center of Data Science. Her research interests are in large-scale data analysis, visualization, and provenance management. An important theme is Professor Freire’s work is the development of data management techniques and infrastructure to address problems introduced by emerging applications. Recently, her work has focused on the analysis and visualization urban, scientific and Web data.  Within scientific data management, she is best known for her work in provenance and computational reproducibility, and for being a co-creator of the open-source VisTrails system (  Professor Freire is an active member of the database and Web research communities, having co-authored over 130 technical papers and holding 9 U.S. patents. She has chaired or co-chaired several workshops and conferences, and has participated as a program committee member in over 60 events.  She has received several awards, including an NSF CAREER, an IBM Faculty award, and a Google Faculty Research award. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, University of Utah, NYU, Sloan Foundation, Betty Moore Foundation, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Research, Yahoo! and IBM.