Conny Walchshofer

Conny Walchshofer

PhD Candidate

Klosterneuburg, Austria


Interactive Visualizations

Human-Centered Computing

Cognitive Sciences

Provenance Visualizations






I am a PhD student and Project Assistant in the Visual Data Science Lab at the Johannes Kepler Universtity Linz in Austria under the supervision of Marc Streit. My research focuses on interaction provenance using dimensionality reduction techniques and onboarding for interactive visualizations.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien emphasizing on Rehabilitation Engineering and my Master's degree in Human-Centered Computing at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Hagenberg, where I worked on the identification of cognitive load using physiological measurement techniques such as the heart-rate variability (HRV). As I had grown increasingly interested in the perception of multidimensional visualization techniques, I decided to transition to visualization/sivual analytics research for my PhD. I am an external lecturer for Management Reporting und Visual Analytics at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Steyr at the Institut of Accounting, Controlling, and Financial Management. Furthermore, I hold workshops in the field of state-of-the-art reporting at the Controller Institut GmbH. Prior to studying Computer Science, I was a music performer for 11 years. I started singing, dancing, and acting at 10 and still practice playing the piano as a creative outlet.

Work Experience

Trainer | Controller Institut GmbH
Nov 2019 - Current

The main opjective of this course is to convey the basics of a perception-optimized reporting system. What is the state-of-the art of reporting tools? How do I best customize reports to my audience? Contents and messages are transformed into meaningful reports.

PhD Student and Research Associate | Johannes Kepler University, Linz
Jul 2019 - Current

In my PhD, I work on provenance data from interaction logs using dimensionality-reduction techniques onboarding of visualization types and dashboards consisting of multiple visualizations as well as the perceived cognitive demand while interacting with visualizations.

Link to the visual data science group is here.
External Lecturer | University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Steyr
Sep 2018 - Current

Lecture title: Managementreporting, Business Intelligence, and Analytics | IT-supported financial analysis
Working on the designs of dashboards with Microsoft Excel, business intelligence tools as well as interactive visualizations itself.

Research Associate | University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Hagenberg/Steyr
Jan 2017 - Jun 2019

Working in an outrageous team for the FFG project "User-Centered Interactive Visualization of Big Data” (Nr. 856316), which focusses on visualization of “big data” for performance of complex cognitive tasks in daily business activities, provides me numerous insights in human-computer-interaction, cognition, cross-device-collaboration as well as information visualization and acquisition of business partners.

Link to the HIVE research group (project USIVIS) is here.
Junior Consultant | Accenture GmbH
Jun 2016 - Dec 2016

Being responsible for the financial reporting, for planning resources on the project and for organizing meetings, enriches me in project management skills in the health and public sector.

Research Associate | HBC UAS Biberach
Jan 2016 - Apr 2016

I was responsible for the construction of an aerosol measurement setup with regard to testing particle flows in a rapid prototyped human nose model.

Musical Performer | Landestheater Linz, Stadttheater Wels, Stadttheater Bad Hall
May 2011 - Nov 2015

Singing, dancing and acting in combination while representing the tale of woe from Jesus, empowers tremendously.

Musicals: Annie | Jekyll & Hyde | Breaking Free – A Tribute to Queen | Jesus Christ Superstar

Voluntary Work | Kepler Universitäts Klinikum
Jan 2015 - Jan 2015

First time getting in touch with radiological, imaging techniques and their application areas like CT, MRI and nuclear medicine. Furthermore, I had the opportunity in supporting in service and maintenance work.


PhD Program | Johannes Kepler University, Linz
Sep 2019 - Current

Expanding my knowledge in interactive visualizations, by putting focus on the capture of a users' intent in provenance graphs, uncertainties, and introduction of new visualization types.

Summer School | Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Helsinki - Espoo - Vantaa
Aug 2018

ICT Summer School - Image Processing with MATLAB, Machine Learning, and IoT with Raspberry Pi and AWS IoT

Master Human-Centered Computing | University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Campus Hagenberg
Sep 2016 - Sep 2018

Master of Science (M.Sc.) - 1.58

Bachelor Biomedical Engineering | University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
Sep 2013 - Jun 2016

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - 1.56