Amitabh Varshney is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill and a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Delhi. Dr. Varshney's research is on exploring large data visualization and interaction including spatial and temporal summarization, multiresolution hierarchies, gesture recognition for virtual environments, and visual interaction with wall-sized tiled displays. He is the Director of the NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence at Maryland. Varshney received a NSF CAREER Award and the IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2004. He served as the Chair of the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee 2008 - 2011 and is currently serving as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. He has served on numerous program committees of conferences in visualization and graphics, and has served as the Papers Chair for IEEE Visualization 2000, IEEE Visualization 2001, and ACM Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games in 2011. He is a Fellow of IEEE.