James Ahrens

James Ahrens is a senior scientist in the Applied Computer Science Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His primary research interests are visualization, computer graphics, data science and parallel systems. Dr. Ahrens is author of over 95 peer reviewed papers and the founder/design lead of ParaView, an open-source visualization tool designed to handle extremely large data. ParaView is broadly used for scientific visualization, downloaded approximately a half million times per year, and is in use at supercomputing and scientific centers worldwide.

Highlight: The Exascale Computing Project - Data and Visualization Area

Dr. Ahrens is currently the U.S. Exascale Computing Project (ECP)’s Data and Visualization lead for thirteen storage, data management and visualization projects that will be a key part of a vibrant exascale supercomputing application and software ecosystem. More information can be found at https://www.exascaleproject.org/activity/data-visualization/ and in the ECP Software Technology Capability Assessment Report; https://www.exascaleproject.org/ecp-software-technology-capability-assessment-report-second-release/.

Thank you for your support! In November 2018, I was elected Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics (VGTC) .

The VGTC is the Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee, the governance body that oversees and sponsors all IEEE visualization and virtual reality conferences including VIS, VR, ISMAR, 3DUI, Pacific Vis, and EuroVis (as a co-sponsor). The VGTC Chair directs the VGTC and oversees the VGTC budget while also advocating to the upper levels of IEEE on policy decisions. The VGTC Chair is the only elected position within VGTC that is determined directly by the membership.


Phone: (505) 667-5797, Fax: (505) 665-4939, Email: ahrens at lanl.gov, Web: http://datascience.lanl.gov