PhD Student

Washington University in St. Louis

Computer Science

Melanie Bancilhon

I am a third year CSE PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis working with Dr. Alvitta Ottley in the Visual Data Analytics Group (VDAG) at Washington University in St. Louis. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Architecture & Design at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. My main research interests are at the intersection of visual analytics, human behavior and decision-making. My work focuses on understanding how visual encodings affect decisions across different types of populations with the goal of leveraging visualizations to optimize decision-making.

'Streetonomics': What our addresses say about us

"Since the beginning of time, rulers have used spatial engineering as a form of social engineering," write Melanie Bancilhon of Washington University in St Louis and colleagues at Nokia Bell Labs

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NSF Smart Health & AI Student Awardee 2020

Sigma Xi Awardee 2019

Grace Hopper Scholar 2018
Conference Organizing
Student Committee Member, IEEE Visualization Communication (VisComm), 2021

Conference Reviewing
Reviewer, IEEE Visualization Communication (VisComm), 2021

Guest Speaker
Visualization Design Studio @ Columbia School of Nursing, 2022
Visualization for Decision-Making @ WPI, 2021

WashU First Gen Program
Student Mentor, 2021 -

Graduate Student Senator
Mental Health x STEM Panel talk, 2021
CSE Student x Faculty Panel talk, 2021

Diversity Outreach
DataKind Reviewer for the Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge, 2020