Hi, I'm Tamara!

I love data visualization and innovative interaction design and combining these two things into a beautiful and creative ensemble. Over the last years, I’ve gathered plenty of experiences in both of these areas separately and have explored their combination through various projects.

What I'm currently doing

I’m currently an Editorial Web Developer at Tagesspiegel in Berlin. As part of the Innovation Lab, I design and develop interactive data visualizations for data journalism.

What you should know about me

In 2014 I discovered data visualization as part of a course at my university. Ever since, I have been fascinated by the ways data can be used and the various and especially creative ways that it can be made visible. It has been a big part of my work and also my private interests. In particular, how interactive data visualization can help people in exploring and explaining complex matters and how it can make data more accessible to a broader audience. Besides this analytical side of visualization, I also adore the artistic side, such as data art and some parts of physical data visualization. At the beginning of my Master’s, I got more and more involved with the research community in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Visualization. I got to attend and volunteer for several international conferences and did a research visit at the University in Calgary, Canada which increased my interest in research even more. These experiences were the reason why I started to work as a Research Associate at the Interactive Media Lab Dresden led by Prof. Raimund Dachselt. I think my affinity to and my work in research have taught me how to think critically and how to approach problems in an analytic and systematic way.

What I've done so far

In 2010, I moved to Dresden to pursue a degree in Media Computer Science and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree from Technische Universität Dresden. Especially during my Master’s studies, I focused more and more on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Visualization besides Computer Graphics. During this time, I was a research intern supervised by Sheelagh Carpendale at the Innovis Group at the University of Calgary, Canada. In 2018, I defended my Master’s thesis which was supervised by Prof. Raimund Dachselt and started working at his lab in March 2019.

After 1 1/2 years of research in interdisciplinary projects, amazing collaborators, and my personal highlight, a research paper at the IEEE VIS conference, I decided to move to Berlin to become an Information Designer at Destatis, the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. For one year, I created visualizations of international statistics and wrote accompanying articles which were distributed on social media and the official Destatis website. I showcase some of my creations here.

And if you’ve read this far, I’ll tell you the most important things about me: I love cooking and trying out new food, I recently got a blue belt in kickboxing, and I have a little feline friend which means I talk way too much about her and spend too much time taking cute cat photos.

If you’d like to get to know me and are interested in chatting with me, please reach out!

Research Publications

Conference Papers and Journal Articles

Patrick Reipschläger, Tamara Flemisch, and Raimund Dachselt. 2021. Personal Augmented Reality for Information Visualization on Large Interactive Displays. In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 1182-1192 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/TVCG.2020.3030460 (The first two authors contributed equally to this work.)
Javad Sadeghi, Charles Perin, Tamara Flemisch, Mark Hancock, and Sheelagh Carpendale. 2016. Flexible Trees: Sketching Tree Layouts. In Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 84–87. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2909132.2909274

Posters and Extended Abstracts

Tamara Flemisch, André Viergutz, and Raimund Dachselt. 2014. Easy authoring of variable gestural expressions for a humanoid robot. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction (HRI ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 328. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2559636.2559786

André Viergutz, Tamara Flemisch, and Raimund Dachselt. 2014. Increasing the expressivity of humanoid robots with variable gestural expressions. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction (HRI ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 314–315.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2559636.2559840

Workshop Papers

Tamara Flemisch, Ricardo Langner, Christian Alrabbaa, and Raimund Dachselt. 2020. Towards Designing a Tool For Understanding Proofs in Ontologies through Combined Node-Link Diagrams. In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Visualization and Interaction for Ontologies and Linked Data (VOILA ’20). URL: http://voila2020.visualdataweb.org/

Christian Alrabbaa, Franz Baader, Raimund Dachselt, Tamara Flemisch, and Patrick Koopmann. 2020. Visualizing Proofs and the Modular Structure of Ontologies to Support Ontology Repair. In Proceedings of the 33rd International Workshop on Description Logics (DL ’20).
URL: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2663/

Tamara Flemisch, Fateme Rajabiyazdi, Mona Hosseinkhani Loorak, and Sheelagh Carpendale. 2015. NeckLan: Language as Jewellery. In Proceedings of the IEEE VIS 2015 Workshop on Personal Visualization: Exploring Data in Everyday Life.
URL: http://www.vis4me.com/personalvis15/papers.html