I'm a research scientist working on creating rich and interactive information visualizations that let users analyze their own data. Previously I worked at Yahoo Labs were I researched information visualization interfaces for analysis of complex social datasets, specially for representing, navigating and exploring photos. Before that, I spent 1.5 years at PARC working on visual analytics of social media and Fraud, Waste and Abuse. I completed my PhD from the Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park thanks to
the international Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship
under the supervision of Dr. Ben Shneiderman and
Dr. Catherine Plaisant. Researcher and teacher by profession, and social entrepreneur by heart.
My research interests are in Information Visualization, Usability and Accessibility, Social Networks and Human Computer Interaction,
specially in the development of technologies with a social purpose and the free software.
Because of this I helped founding DUTO, a company where I lead the development of the software component of
a system that allows blind students to see with their hands the colors and shapes of the pedagogical materials given in a traditional classroom.
In My PhD thesis I'm using Information Visualization and Algorithmic techniques to help analysts find significant changes
in hierarchical datasets over time, both in node values and in structure. For this, I designed and implemented two software prototypes of TreeVersity,
a tree comparison tool that uses intuitive glyphs, with carefully selected colors, algorithms and reporting tools to allow the exploration of differences over time in trees.
TreeVersity v1 was implemented using Java and the Prefuse Visualization Library
and allow the comparison of two tree structures.
while TreeVersity v2 allowed the comparison of one tree evolving over time.
I have very good skills in software development, with formation and experience in Software Engineering,
both for desktop and web applications, administration of GNU/Linux servers and of PostgreSQL and MySQL databases.
I have also worked with several other programming languages and paradigms (Imperative, Functional, Logical) and have
the ability of learning new languages in short periods of time.
Having led small teams of development, I have developed solid leadership skills
and from being DUTO's official presenter I cultivated strong communication skills.
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2015-2016 Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs. Conducting research on information visualization techniques to facilitate the exploration of big photo respositories.
20013-2014 Research Scientist at PARC. Lead the information visualization research effort Theory and Technology for Agile Organizations in the Intelligent Systems Lab, under the management of Dr. Marc Stefik. Develooped visual analytics systems for social network analysis and fraud waste and abuse.
2008-2013 Full time Computer Science PhD, under the supervision of Dr. Ben Shneiderman and Dr. Catherine Plaisant. University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland USA.
GPA 3.7/4.0. Expected Graduation Summer 2013.
2012 Honorary Mention, HCIL Google Best Student Research Award.
2011 Master in Science in Computer Science, University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland USA. GPA 3.7/4.0
2008 Winner of the "International Science and Technology Scholarship for Outstanding Foreign Students " Fulbright Scholarship for PhD Studies. 32 recipients in the world.
2007 Master in "Enseñanza de la Matemática" (Teaching of Mathematics) . Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Colombia. Thesis pending. GPA 4.5/5.0
2004 Bachelor in "Ingeniería de Sistemas y Computación" (Computer Science Colombian equivalent). Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. Five years program. GPA 4.64/5.0. Honored Thesis: "Proyecto IRIS, un periférico para que personas con limitaciones visuales puedan sentir imágenes por medio del tacto" (IRIS Project, a system to allow blind people to feel images with their touch).
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2016 Frank Bentley, Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye, David A. Shamma, John Alexis Guerra Gómez, "The 32 Days Of Christmas: Understanding Temporal Intent in Image Search Queries ". CHI 2016: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [To Appear]
2016 Sanjay Kairam, Jofish Kaye, John Alexis Guerra Gómez, David Ayman Shamma, "Snap Decisions? How Users, Content, and Aesthetics Interact to Shape Photo Sharing Behaviors". CHI 2016: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [To Appear]
2015 John Alexis Guerra Gómez, Michael L. Pack, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman, Discovering temporal changes in hierarchical transportation data: Visual analytics & text reporting tools", Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 51, February 2015, Pages 167-179, ISSN 0968-090X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2014.11.007.
2014 Juan Liu, Eric Bier, Aaron Wilson, Tomo Honda, Sricharan Kumar, Leilani Gilpin, John Guerra-Gomez, Daniel Davies, Graph Analysis for Detecting Fraud,Waste, and Abuse in Healthcare Data. Twenty-Seventh IAAI Conference. AAAI Publications
2013 John Alexis Guerra Gómez, Michael L. Pack, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman, B. Visualizing Change over Time Using Dynamic Hierarchies: TreeVersity2 and the StemView. IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics, 19(12), 2566–75. doi:10.1109/TVCG.2013.231 Preprint PDF
2013 John Alexis Guerra Gómez. Exploring differences in multivariate datasets using hierarchies, An interactive information visualization Approach. PhD Thesis. Computer Science Deparment. University Maryland at College Park. UMD Link | HCIL Link
2013 John Alexis Guerra Gómez, Audra Buck-Coleman, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman. TreeVersity: Interactive Visualizations for Comparing Hierarchical Datasets". In Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 92th annual meeting, The National Academies, Washington, DC (2013). Honored with the 2013 Greg Herrington Award for Excellence in Visualization Research from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB).
2012 John Alexis Guerra Gómez, Audra Buck-Coleman, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman. "TreeVersity: Visualizing Hierarchical Data for Value with Topology Changes", Design Research Society Conference Bangkok 2012.
2011 Krist Wongsuphasawat, John Alexis Guerra Gómez, Catherine Plaisant, Taowei David Wang, Meirav Taieb Maimon and Ben Shneiderman. “LifeFlow: Visualizing an Overview of Event Sequences”. In Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'11), 1747-1756.