My research focus is in software visualization. I am interested in bringing to light the efforts of software developers: How they work together on projects effectively to create some of the largest and most complex systems in the world. Complementary to that goal, I am also interested in designing visually appealing applications that capture an emotional aspect not seen in charts and graphs.


storylines thumbSoftware Evolution Storylines
Michael Ogawa and Kwan-Liu Ma
In Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Symposium on Software Visualization
October, 2010

code_swarm thumbcode_swarm: A Design Study in Organic Software Visualization
Michael Ogawa and Kwan-Liu Ma
In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, volume 15 issue 6, pages 1097 – 1104.
November-December, 2009

StarGate thumbStarGate: A Unified, Interactive Visualization of Software Projects
Michael Ogawa and Kwan-Liu Ma
In Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium
March, 2008, pp. 191-198

PixelPlexing thumbPixelplexing: Gaining Display Resolution Through Time
James Shearer, Michael Ogawa, Kwan-Liu Ma and Toby Kohlenberg
In Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium
March, 2008, pp. 159-266

Sankey thumbVisualizing Social Interaction in Open Source Software Projects
Michael Ogawa, Kwan-Liu Ma, Christian Bird, Premkumar Devanbu and Alex Gourley
In Proceedings of the 2007 Asia-Pacific Symposium on Visualization
February, 2007, pp. 25-32

BiblioViz: A System for Visualizing Bibliography Information
Zeqian Shen, Michael Ogawa, Soon Tee Teoh and Kwan-Liu Ma
In Proceedings of the 2006 Asia-Pacific Symposium on Information Visualization
February, 2006, pp. 93-102

Discovering Parametric Clusters in Social Small-World Graphs
Johnathan McPherson, Kwan-Liu Ma and Michael Ogawa
In Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
March, 2005, pp. 1231-1238

Posters & Other Projects

VIDI Surveillance – Embassy Monitoring and Oversight System
VAST Challenge 2009, awarded “Good Clarity of Analysis Supported by Visuals”

Visualizing the Eclipse Bug Data
Poster at the 2007 IEEE Information Visualization Conference

Free Your Data! Cenimation: Visualization for Constrained Displays
“Creative” contest winner at the 2006 IEEE Information Visualization Conference


OpenWordle thumbWordookie
An open source alternative to the Wordle word cloud generator.

Iran 2009 Election thumb2009 Iran Election Maps