John Dill

Professor Emeritus, School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)


Professor Emeritus John Dill came to SFU from a senior position in industry in 1987. He joined SIAT from SFU’s School of Engineering Science in 2005, has worked in Computer Graphics, Computer-Aided Design, Information Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction and, most recently, Visual Analytics.  Dill was a member of the US National Visual Analytics Center panel that defined VA and developed the “VA Bible” Illuminating the Path. With colleagues Fisher, Darvill, Popowich and Rensink, he initiated efforts to establish VA in Canada, and, using a directed gift from The Boeing Company, established the SFU-based Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics, a joint SFU-UBC effort.  VIVA has since established a national center, CANVAC, and an industrial consortium, VARDEC, mandated is to fund and conduct applied VA research in Canada.  His primary VA research has been co-developing (with Rob Woodbury and Chris Shaw) the CZSaw text analytics system.  


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.