Cecilia Aragon is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and a Senior Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. She directs the Human-Centered Data Science Lab. Previously, she was a data scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for six years, after earning her Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2004. She earned her B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on human-centered data science, an emerging field at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), and the statistical and computational techniques of data science. She and her students develop collaborative visual analytics tools to facilitate data science, and study current scientific practice around large and complex data sets. She has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 130 other publications in the areas of HCI, CSCW, data science, visual analytics, machine learning, and astrophysics. In 2008, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the US government on outstanding scientists in the early stages of their careers, for her work in collaborative data-intensive science.


  • Ph D, Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper
    Group interactions in location-based gaming: a case study of raiding in Pokémon GO (2019)
    Proceedings of the 37th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘19) Authors: A. Bhattacharya, Travis Windleharth, R. A. Ishii, I. M. Acevedo, Cecilia Aragon, Julie A. Kientz, Jason Yip, Jin Ha Lee
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    Writers in the secret garden: Fanfiction, youth, and new forms of mentoring (2019)
    Authors: Cecilia Aragon, Katharine Davis
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Toward the operationalization of visual metaphor (2017)
    Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(10), pp. 2338–2349 Authors: Alexis Hiniker, Sungsoo Ray Hong, Yea-Seul Kim, Nan-Chen Chen, Jevin West, Cecilia Aragon
  • Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
    How Fan Fiction Mentors Can Change Lives (2016)
    School Library Journal Authors: Sarah Evans, David Randall, Julie Campbell, Katharine Davis, Cecilia Aragon, Abigail Evans
  • Conference Paper
    Thousands of positive reviews: Distributed mentoring in online fan communities (2016)
    ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’16), pp. 691-704 Authors: J. Campbell, Cecilia Aragon, Katharine Davis, Sarah Evans, Abigail Evans, David Randall
  • Conference Proceeding
    Building an Urban Data Science Summer Program at the University of Washington eScience Institute (2015)
    Authors: Ariel Rokem, Brittany Fiore-Gartland, Bernease Herman, Micaela Parker, Cecilia Aragon, Bryna Hazelton, William G Howe, Valentina Staneva, Anthony Arendt, Joseph Hellerstein, Ed Lazowska, Sarah Stone, Anissa Tanweer, Jacob Vanderplas
  • Conference Paper
    Writing within community: How mentoring works in online fan fiction (2015)
    Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium Authors: S. A. Evans, J. Campbell, Katharine Davis, Abigail Evans, D. P. Randall, Cecilia Aragon
  • Conference Proceeding
    VizDeck: Streamlining exploratory visual analytics of scientific data (2013)
    iConference Authors: Daniel B Perry, William G Howe, Alicia MF Key, Cecilia Aragon
  • Conference Proceeding
    VizDeck: A Card Game Metaphor for Fast Visual Data Exploration (2012)
    CHI ’12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1667–1672, ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-4503-1016-1 Authors: William G Howe, Alicia Key, Daniel Perry, Cecilia Aragon
  • Conference Proceeding
    Vizdeck: Self-organizing dashboards for visual analytics (2012)
    Proceedings of the 2012 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (demo), pp. 681–684 Authors: Alicia Key, William G Howe, Daniel Perry, Cecilia Aragon


  • Game Development as Speculative Design: Teaching Data Science Ethics Using Decentralized Research Groups (2022)
    2022 ASIS&T Annual Meeting - Pittsburgh, PA