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Cliff Forlines

Associate Research Professor

Clifton Forlines is an associate research professor at the Roux Institute. Forlines’ research lies in the field of Human Computer Interaction with a focus on the relationship between input and visual data manipulation to support data-insight and decision-making. He focuses on developing and evaluating novel interaction and visualization techniques on both traditional and emerging hardware platforms.  The work relies on close collaborations with experts in other disciplines and institutions, and on an understanding of not only computer science and engineering but also human cognition and perception. 

Forlines received his PhD from the University of Toronto where his thesis work focused on presentation techniques to improve visual search. He received a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction and a Master’s in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University along with a BFA in Industrial Design. His employment background spans academic and industrial research, government contracting, and start-up environments. Prior to joining Northeastern, Forlines worked as a research scientist at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories before joining Draper Laboratory where he became the leader of the Human Centered Engineering group. Most recently, he founded and ran a startup company focused on hardware and software human-sensing systems.