My name is David Gotz and I am an Associate Professor of Information Science in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I lead the Visual Analysis and Communications Lab (VACLab) where I conduct research related to the study and development of visual methods for information analysis and communication. I also serve as the Assistant Director for the Carolina Health Informatics Program.
Prior to joining SILS, I was a research scientist at the T.J. Watson Research Center at IBM Research. During my final years at IBM I was part of the Healthcare Systems and Analytics Research Department. I also spent several years working for the Intelligent Information Interaction Department which I joined immediately after earning my Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005. Prior to my Ph.D. studies, I received my MS in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001. I graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech in 1999 where I majored in Computer Science and received a certificate in Economics.
Outside of work, I’m married to a wonderful woman named Anne who as a social worker has dedicated her life to those less fortunate. Together we have three beautiful children, Sarah, Isaac, and Adina, who consume most of my spare time. In the rest I like to hike, travel, and play soccer.