Claudio T. Silva

Professor, Polytechnic School of Engineering
Head of Disciplines, Center for Urban Science & Progress
Associated Faculty, Center for Data Science
Affiliated Faculty, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University

(718) 260-4093 (poly)
(646) 997-0504 (cusp)
Email: [first letter of my first name][last name] [at]

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3/1/2014: MLBAM introduces new way to analyze every play (includes contributions from joint work with Dr. Carlos Dietrich)
3/4/2014: Interview at MLBAM (video clip)
3/5/2014: Billy Beane Expects Big Things from MLB's Big Data Play
4/30/2014: Cameras Are The Future (Of Front Office Decisions In Sports)
8/2014: David Koop (previous PhD student and staff) joins the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
8/2014: Carlos Scheidegger (previous PhD student) joins the University of Arizona
10/2014: VIS 2014 visualization conference selects 8 NYU School of Engineering papers
11/12/14: 2014 Visualization Technical Achievement Award
1/12/15: Juliana Freire elected ACM Fellow
1/15: Rumi Chunara joins NYU School of Engineering and NYU Global Institute of Public Health
2/28/15: Statcast wins prestigious Alpha Award for innovation
3/1/15: Guido Gerig is joining NYU School of Engineering this summer
3/4/15:UV-CDAT team wins Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award
3/20/15: Aritra Dasgupta (NYU postdoc) joining DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a research scientist

Research Interests

Big Data and Urban Systems
Visualization and Data Analysis
Sports Analytics & Visualization
Geometry Processing


Fall 2013: Principles of Urban Informatics

Fall 2008: Scientific Visualization (offered at the University of Utah)


Claudio Silva is a computer scientist specializing in Big Data Analytics. From 2003 to 2011, he was with the School of Computing and the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah. He has also held research positions at industrial and government labs including AT&T Labs-Research, IBM Research, Sandia National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received the BS degree in mathematics from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil, in 1990, and the PhD degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1996. He coauthored more than 200 technical papers and 11 U.S. patents, primarily in visualization, geometry processing, computer graphics, scientific data management, HPC, and related areas. His current research interests include Big Data and Urban Systems. He has served on more than 100 program committees, and he is currently on the editorial board of Computing in Science and Engineering, Computer and Graphics, The Visual Computer, and Graphical Models. He was general co-chair of IEEE VisWeek 2010, and papers co-chair of IEEE Visualization 2005 and 2006. He received IBM Faculty Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and several best paper awards, including at IEEE Visualization 2007, IEEE Shape Modeling International 2008, the 2010 Eurographics Educator Program, the ACM Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization 2011, and EuroVis 2011. His work is (or has been) funded by the NSF, NIH, DOE, IBM, Sandia, LLNL, Los Alamos, and ExxonMobil. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2013.

Select Honors (that my students received)

2014 Deborah Rosenthal, MD Award (outstanding performance on the PhD qualifying examination): Fernando Chirigati
1st place, Greater New York ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest: Bowen Yu
2013 VPG (Visualization) Best Dissertation Finalist: Tiago Etiene
2013 Deborah Rosenthal, MD Award (outstanding performance on the PhD qualifying examination): Nivan Ferreira
NVIDIA Fellowship: Huy T. Vo
SMART (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation) Fellowship: Matt Berger
NSF Graduate Fellowship: Claurissa Tuttle
IBM Ph.D. Fellowship: Carlos Scheidegger
University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowship: Steve Callahan
Fullbright/CAPES Fellowship: Emanuele Santos
Vietman Foundation Fellowship (VEF): Linh K. Ha

Select Honors

Best paper honourable mention award, EuroVis 2013
IBM Faculty Award 2013
IEEE Fellow, 2013
Best paper award, SIBGRAPI 2012
Best panel award, IEEE VisWeek 2011
Best paper award (2nd prize), EuroVis 2011
Best paper award, ACM Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization 2011
Finalist, Executable Paper Grand Challenge, 2011
Best paper award, EUROGRAPHICS 2010 Educator Program
Best poster award, 24th Brazilian Symposium On Databases (SBBD 2009)
2009 Utah Innovation Awards, VisTrails Provenance Plugin for Autodesk Maya
Best paper award, IEEE Shape Modeling International 2008
Best paper award, IEEE Visualization 2007
Best paper finalist, IEEE Shape Modeling International 2007
Dean's Teaching Commendation, Spring 2007
IBM Faculty Award, 2005, 2006, and 2007
National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral CISE Associateship Award, 1996--1997
1st place, Entrance exam, Mathematics, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil

Students and Postdocs

(Most supervised theses are available online)

Fernando Chirigati (Ph.D., post quals; Co-advised with Juliana Freire)
Nivan Ferreira (Ph.D., post quals)
Jorge Poco (Ph.D., post quals)
Fabio Miranda (Ph.D., post quals)
Bowen Yu (Ph.D., post quals)
Cesar Palomo (Ph.D., post quals)
Aritra Dasgupta (Post-doc, 2012-)
Harish Doraiswamy (Post-doc, 2012-; Co-advised with Juliana Freire)
Guillaume Vialaneix (Post-doc, 2013-)
Esdras Medeiros (Post-doc, 2012; Co-advised with Denis Zorin)

Wendel Silva (M.S., 2013)
Jonathas Costa (M.S., 2013)
Daniel K. Osmari (M.S., 2013)
Lauro Lins (Post-doc, 2011-12; Co-advised with Juliana Freire)
Joel D. Daniels II (Post-doc, 2011)
Sinesio Pesco (Post-doc, 2012)

PUC-Rio (Brazil):
Lis Ingrid Roque Lopes (Ph.D., 2014; Co-advised with Sinesio Pesco)

University of Utah:
Tiago Etiene (Ph.D., 2013)
Matt Berger (Ph.D., 2012)
Erik Anderson (Ph.D., 2011)
David Koop (Ph.D., 2011; Co-advised with Juliana Freire)
Huy T. Vo (Ph.D., 2011)
Linh K. Ha (Ph.D., 2011; Co-advised with Sarang Joshi and Jens Krueger)
Claurissa Tuttle (M.S., 2011)
Emanuele Santos (Ph.D., 2010; Co-advised with Juliana Freire)
Hao Wang (M.S.--project option, 2010).
Carlos Scheidegger (Ph.D., 2009)
Joel D. Daniels II (Ph.D., 2009; Co-advised with Elaine Cohen)
Tilo Ochotta (Post-doc, 2008--2009)
John Schreiner (Ph.D., 2008)
Steven P. Callahan (Ph.D., 2008)
Heballa Benan Alzahawi (M.S.--project option, 2008)
Lauro Lins (Post-doc, 2007-2011; Co-advised with Juliana Freire))
Yuan Zhou (Post-doc, 2007--2008)
Louis Bavoil (M.S--thesis option, 2006)
Steven P. Callahan (M.S.--thesis option, 2005)
Shachar Fleishman (Post-doc, 2004--2005)
Sinesio Pesco (Post-doc, 2003--2004)
Dirce Uesu (Post-doc, 2003--2004)

Wagner Correa (Ph.D., 2003; Co-advised with Szymon Rusinkiewicz)

SUNY-Stony Brook:
Ricardo Farias (Ph.D., 2001; Co-advised with Joseph Mitchell)
Tsung-Chin Ho (Ph.D., 2001; Co-advised with Joseph Mitchell)


Supervised Theses
Online papers (very outdated)

Google Scholar profile

Selected Recent Publications

"State of the Art in Surface Reconstruction from Point Clouds", M. Berger, A. Tagliasacchi, L. M. Seversky, P. Alliez, J. A. Levine, A. Sharf and C. Silva, Eurographics STAR (Proc. of EG'14), 2014.

"Visual exploration of big spatio-temporal urban data: a study of new york city taxi trips", N. Ferreira, J. Poco, H. T. Vo, J. Freire, and C. Silva, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 19(12): 2149-2158, 2013.

"Vector Field k-Means: Clustering Trajectories by Fitting Multiple Vector Fields", N. Ferreira, J. T. Klosowski, C. Scheidegger, and C. Silva, Computer Graphics Forum, 32(3): 201-210, 2013. Best paper honorable mention

"A Benchmark for Surface Reconstruction", M. Berger, J. Levine, L. G. Nonato, G. Taubin, and C. Silva, ACM Transactions on Graphics, 32(2), 20:1-17, 2013.


Our research is (or has been) funded by the Department of Energy under BER, SciDAC program (SDM and VACET projects), Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, IBM Faculty Awards, NYU-Poly and the University of Utah.