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Christopher Collins
BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization

Computer Science

Faculty of Science

I lead the Visualization for Information Analysis Lab (vialab), where we focus on creating new interface designs for helping people understand and analyze large collections of data. I also teach primarily in the digital media specialization of our CS undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contact information

Science Building - Room UA4024
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 6581

Research topics

  • Information Visualization
  • Computer Security
  • Gesture Interface Designl Touch Interface Design
  • Information Overload
  • Detecting Emotion in Text
  • Interactive Information Graphics
  • Text Analytics
  • Visual Analytics
  • Password Security
  • Data Science

Areas of expertise

  • Computer Science
  • Data Analytics
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Interaction Design
  • Visualization


Dr. Christopher Collins holds the Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech). His research focus is interdisciplinary, combining information visualization and human-computer interaction with natural language processing to address the challenges of information management and the problems of information overload. Dr. Collins has published over 60 peer-reviewed contributions, including 20 journal papers and 15 full conference papers, in addition to many posters and short paper contributions at workshops. His research has been cited over 2000 times, has appeared in top-tier venues such as ACM ToCHI and IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (14 papers), and has been awarded honorable mention for best paper and best poster awards at IEEE VIS. He has received over $2 million in research funding as the sole PI. The impact of Dr. Collins’ research garnered media attention from outlets including the New York Times and CBS Sunday Morning. He has given invited lectures and keynotes at academic and industry labs in Canada, the US, and Europe. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Dr. Collins is a past member of the executive of the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee and sits on the IEEE VIS Conference Organizing Committee.


  • PhD University of Toronto 2010
  • MSc University of Toronto 2004
  • BSc (Hons) Memorial University 2001

Courses taught

  • CSCI 4620 Human-Computer Interaction
  • CSCI 3090 Computer Graphics & Visualization
  • CSCI 4210 Information Visualization