Thomas Butkiewicz

Research Assistant Professor

Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2010

Thomas Butkiewicz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ithaca College in 2005, where he focused on computer graphics and virtual reality research. During his graduate studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he designed and developed new interactive geospatial visualization techniques, receiving a Masters in Computer Science in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2010. After a year as a research scientist at The Charlotte Visualization Center, he joined CCOM as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2011. In 2012 he joined the faculty as a research assistant professor.
Dr. Butkiewicz specializes in creating highly interactive visualizations, which allow users to perform complex visual analysis on geospatial datasets through unique, intuitive exploratory techniques. His research interests also include multi-touch and natural interfaces, virtual reality, stereoscopic displays, and image processing/computer vision. His current research projects include visual analysis of 4D dynamic ocean simulations, using Microsoft's Kinect device to enhance multi-touch screens and provide new interaction methods, multi-touch gesture research, and developing new interface approaches for sonar data cleaning.


Englert, Chris, (2013), Designing Improved Sediment Transport Visualizations, MTS/IEEE Oceans 2013, San Diego, CA, USA, Sept 23-26. Conference Proceeding
Butkiewicz, Thomas, and Englert, Chris, (2013), Interactive 4D Visualization of Sediment Transport Models, 2013 Fall Meeting, American Geological Union (AGU), San Francisco, CA, Dec 9-13. Conference Poster

Butkiewicz, Thomas, (2012), Exploring Ocean Flow Models with a Multitouch 3D Interface, Sea Technology, p.44-46. Journal Article
Butkiewicz, Thomas, (2012), Interactive Visual Analysis within Dynamic Ocean Models, 2012 Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 12/2012. Conference Poster
Butkiewicz, Thomas, (2012), A More Flexible Approach to Utilizing Depth Cameras for Hand & Touch Interaction, IEEE VR 2012, Workshop on Off-the-Shelf Virtual Reality, Orange County, CA, USA, March 4. Conference Proceeding
Butkiewicz, Thomas, (2011), Multi-touch 3D Exploratory Analysis of Ocean Flow Models, Proceedings of OCEANS 2011 MTS/IEEE Kona, Kona, HI, USA, September 19-22. Conference Proceeding

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Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
24 Colovos Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

Research Areas: 
Interactive Geospatial Visualization