Jean-Daniel Fekete

Jean-Daniel Fekete
Residence Paris, France
Nationality French
Alma mater Paris-Sud 11 University (PhD)
Scientific career
Fields Computer science (human–computer interaction, Information Visualization)
Institutions INRIA Saclay
Doctoral advisor Michel Beaudouin-Lafon

Jean-Daniel Fekete is a French computer scientist working in the fields of information visualization and human–computer interaction. As an undergraduate student he worked at the fr: Centre mondial informatique et ressource humaine. He received his PhD from the Paris-Sud 11 University in 1996. He obtained his Habilitation in 2005, entitled "Nouvelle génération d'Interfaces Homme-Machine pour mieux agir et mieux comprendre" (New generation of Human Machine Interfaces for better interacting and understanding) at Université Paris-Sud 11. The jury was Joëlle Coutaz (Prof. Université de Grenoble II), Saul Greenberg (Prof. Université de Calgary, Canada), Ben Shneiderman (Prof. University of Maryland, USA), Michel Beaudouin-Lafon (Prof. Université Paris-Sud 11), Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (Prof. Université Paris VI), Guy Mélançon (Prof. Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3|Université Montpellier III) and Claude Puech (Prof. Université Grenoble I). He is currently Senior Researcher at INRIA and the founding and current director of the AVIZ[1] group since 2007.

He developed the Infovis Toolkit[2] which is a Java toolkit to facilitated the design of information visualization interfaces.

From August 2001, to August 2002 he is visiting scientist at the University of Maryland Human – Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), which he previously visited (July to August 1998) to develop "Excentric Labeling"[3] along with Catherine Plaisant as an efficient technique to display height density of labels on maps.

From 2009 to 2012 Jean-Daniel Fekete was the president of l'AFIHM,[4] the French national equivalent of Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI. He has served as IEEE InfoVis Paper Co-Chair (2009–2010) and Conference Chair (2011). He was the general chair of the IEEE VisWeek 2014 conference (Paris, France).


  1. , AVIZ group webpages.
  2. , Fekete, J-D 2004. The InfoVis Toolkit. In Proceedings of the 10th IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization (InfoVis 04), pages 167–174, Austin, TX, October 2004. IEEE Press
  3. , Fekete, J-D, Plaisant, C. 1998. Excentric labeling: dynamic neighborhood labeling for data visualization. In Proceedings of CHI '99 Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing system (CHI 98), pages 512–519. ACM.
  4. , AFIHM's website (in french).
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