Jason Leigh

Jason Leigh

  • DirectorLaboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications, UH Mānoa
  • ProfessorInformation & Computer Sciences, UH Mānoa

Contact Info:

Dr. Leigh helps to lead the visualization effort in the ʻIke Wai Cyber-infrastructure platform and supports CyberCANOEs between ʻIke Wai sites.


BS in Computer Science, University of Utah, 1988

MS in Computer Science, Wayne State University, 1990

PhD in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998

Dr. Leigh is the Director of LAVA: the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & applications, and Professor of Information & Computer Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also Director Emeritus of the Electronic Visualization Lab and the Software Technologies Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was previously Professor of Computer Science and Affiliated Professor of Communications. In addition he was a Fellow of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has held research appointments at Argonne National Laboratory, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. His research expertise includes: Big data visualization; virtual reality; high performance networking; and video game design. Dr. Leigh is co-inventor of the CAVE2 Hybrid Reality Environment, and SAGE: Scalable Amplified Group Environment software, which has been licensed to Mechdyne Corporation & Vadiza Corporation, respectively. In 2010, he initiated a new multi-disciplinary area of research called Human Augmentics – which refers to the study of technologies for expanding the capabilities and characteristics of humans. Dr. Leigh also teaches classes in Software Design, Virtual Reality, Data Visualization and Video Game Design. In 2010 his video game design class enabled the University of Illinois at Chicago to be ranked among the top 50 video game programs in US and Canada.

Other roles

  • Co-Director- Hawaii Data Science Institute
  • Director Emeritus- Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Funded projects include:

NSF SI2-SSI: SAGEnext: Next Generation Integrated Persistent Visualization and Collaboration Services for Global Cyberinfrastructure

NSF MRI: Development of the CyberCANOE- a Cyber-enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment

NSF IRNC: AMI: NetSage – An Open, Privacy-Aware, Network Measurement, Analysis, and Visualization Service

Academy for Creative Media – Enabling Computational Media in the Hawaiian Islands

TEIN LandSage – Decision support for monitoring and mitigation of natural disasters (landslides, mudflows, and floods) in Southeastern Asia using Cyber-enabled Collaboration, Analysis, Navigation and Observation Environments (CyberCANOEs).

DoE – Hawaii Advanced Visualization Energy Nexus

DoD – HoloSage – Holographic training environment for shipboard maintenance.

NSA – Visualization of Topic Modeling Algorithms and Results