Ronald Metoyer

Associate Professor
Computer Science
  • 2002 Ph.D. in Computer Science
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1994 B.S. in Computer Engineering
    University of California, Los Angeles

Ronald Metoyer is currently an associate professor in the Computer Science department at Oregon State University. He received his Ph.D. from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001 where he was a member of the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center.

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Dr. Metoyer’s research is driven by the tremendous amount of data that is created on a daily basis. For instance, email messages arrive faster and more frequently than ever in our inboxes, and advances in sensor technology have led to data collections that scientists often cannot effectively use. Efficiently making sense of this data and using it to improve our everyday work and personal lives is a difficult task due to the sheer amount of data. Visual methods provide one mechanism for coping with large amounts of data.

His current research interest is in understanding how everyday users are affected by the large amount of data available to them and developing infrastructure for supporting them in using this data. Dr. Metoyer employs user-centered design methods to understand how to best support these end users (as opposed to programmers or professional data analysts) in creating and using powerful data visualizations. By democratizing the tools of data visualization and analysis, his research enables analysis and creation by the masses and facilitates diverse perspectives on data sources. Such tools will find applications in many domains including elder care, personal fitness and nutrition, and education.

Current research projects include a design study to understand how to use visualizations to inform users of their energy consumption habits in the home, the use of a novel visualization technique called the Diversity Map for studying the diversity of large multivariate data sets, and an exploration into how to design information visualization tools for end users such as elementary school children.

Research Areas:
Information Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics

Pham, T., S. Mejía, R. A. Metoyer, and K. Hooker, "The Effects of Visualization Feedback on Promoting Health Goal Progress in Older Adults", Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis), Vienna, Austria, 06/2012.
Dunne, C., N. Henry Riche, B. Lee, R. A. Metoyer, and G. Robertson, "GraphTrail: Analyzing Large Multivariate, Heterogeneous Networks while Supporting Exploration History", Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '12, Austin, Texas, ACM Press, pp. 1663-1672 , 05/2010, 2012. Abstract
Metoyer, R. A., B. Lee, N. Henry Riche, and M. Czerwinski, "Understanding the verbal language and structure of end-user descriptions of data visualizations", Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '12, Austin, Texas, ACM Press, pp. 1659-1662, 05/2010, 2012. Abstract
Pham, T. N., S. Highland, R. A. Metoyer, D. L. Henshaw, J. C. Miller, and J. A. Jones, "Interactive visualization of spatial and temporal patterns of diversity and abundance in ecological data", Proceedings of the environmental information management conference (EIM 2011), Santa Barbara, CA, pp. 104-110, 09/2011. Abstract
Srinivasan, M., and R. A. Metoyer, "Semi-automatic end-user tools for construction of virtual avatar behaviors", Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on 3D Web Technology - Web3D '11, Paris, France, ACM Press, pp. 121-128, 06/2011. Abstract
Pham, T., R. Hess, C. Ju, E. Zhang, and R. A. Metoyer, "Visualization of Diversity in Large Multivariate Data Sets", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 16, issue 6, pp. 1053 - 1062, 11/2010. Abstract
Metoyer, R. A., S. Stumpf, C. Neumann, J. E. Dodge, J. Cao, and A. Schnabel, "Explaining How to Play Real-Time Strategy Games", Knowledge-Based Systems, vol. 23, issue 4, pp. 295 - 301, 05/2010. Abstract
Riche, Y., J. E. Dodge, and R. A. Metoyer, "Studying Always-On Electricity Feedback in the Home", Proceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems, Atlanta, GA, ACM, pp. 1995–1998, 2010. Abstract
Dodge, J. E., R. A. Metoyer, and K. B. Gunter, "Implications for an Exercise Prescription Authoring Notation", 2009 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), Corvallis, OR, IEEE, pp. 7 - 14, 2009. Abstract
Metoyer, R. A., S. Stumpf, C. Neumann, J. E. Dodge, J. Cao, and A. Schnabel, "Explaining How to Play Real-Time Strategy Games", AI-2009 Twenty-ninth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge, England, Springer London, pp. 249 - 262, 12/2009. Abstract
Neumann, C., R. A. Metoyer, and M. M. Burnett, "End-user strategy programming", Journal of Visual Languages & Computing, vol. 20, issue 1, pp. 16 - 29, 02/2009. Abstract
Metoyer, R. A., V. Zordan, B. Hermens, C. - C. Wu, and M. Soriano, "Psychologically Inspired Anticipation and Dynamic Response for Impacts to the Head and Upper Body", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 14, issue 1, pp. 173 - 185, 01/2008. Abstract
Zordan, V., A. Macchietto, J. Medin, M. Soriano, C. - C. Wu, R. A. Metoyer, and R. Rose, "Anticipation from Example", Proceedings of the 2007 ACM symposium on Virtual reality software and technology - VRST '07, Newport Beach, CA, ACM Press, pp. 81, 2007. Abstract
Neill, P., R. A. Metoyer, and E. Zhang, "Fluid flow on interacting deformable surfaces", ACM SIGGRAPH 2007 posters, San Diego, CA, ACM, 08/2007.
Terra, S. C. L., and R. A. Metoyer, "A performance-based technique for timing keyframe animations", Graphical Models, vol. 69, issue 2, pp. 89 - 105, 03/2007. Abstract
Dagit, J., J. Lawrance, C. Neumann, M. M. Burnett, R. A. Metoyer, and S. Adams, "Using Cognitive Dimensions: Advice from the Trenches", Journal of Visual Languages & Computing, vol. 17, issue 4, pp. 302 - 327, 08/2006. Abstract
Orth, U. R., and R. A. Metoyer, "Consumer Behavior in 3-Dimensional Virtual Wine Stores", 2nd International Wine Marketing Symposium, Sonoma, CA, 2005. Abstract
Srinivasan, M., R. A. Metoyer, and E. N. Mortensen, "Controllable Real-Time Locomotion Using Mobility Maps", Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2005, Victoria, BC, Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society, pp. 51–59, 2005. Abstract
Casburn, L., M. Srinivasan, R. A. Metoyer, and M. J. Quinn, "A Data-Driven Model of Pedestrian Movement", 3rd International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics, Vienna, Austria, 2005. Abstract
Metoyer, R. A., and J. K. Hodgins, "Reactive pedestrian path following from examples", The Visual Computer, vol. 20, issue 10, pp. 635 - 649, 12/2004. Abstract
Terra, S. C. L., and R. A. Metoyer, "Performance Timing for Keyframe Animation", Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics symposium on Computer animation - SCA '04, Grenoble, France, ACM Press, pp. 253, 2004. Abstract
Quinn, M. J., R. A. Metoyer, and K. Hunter-Zaworski, "Parallel Implementation of the Social Forces Model", Proceedings of the Second International Conference in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics, Greenwich, England, pp. 63–74, 2003. Abstract
Metoyer, R. A., L. Xu, and M. Srinivasan, "A Tangible Interface for High-Level Direction of Multiple Animated Characters", in Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2003, pp. 167–176, 2003. Abstract
Metoyer, R. A., and J. K. Hodgins, "Reactive Pedestrian Path Following from Examples", 16th International Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2003), Newark, NJ, IEEE Comput. Soc, pp. 149 - 156, 05/2003. Abstract