Helen-Nicole Kostis

Helen-Nicole Kostis

  • 301.286.2674
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 606.4
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Brief Bio

    Helen-Nicole (Eleni) Kostis is a Senior Science Visualizer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and currently serves on the Scientific Organizing Committee of USRA’s Earth from Space Institute (EfSI). During the last decade, she has been exploring the field of data-driven visualization as a storytelling medium to communicate NASA’s research findings to the general public and to engage new audiences. In 2010 she led and brought to life the NASA Visualization Explorer, the first of its kind storytelling conduit that released bi-weekly data-driven visualized scientific results. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Ioannina (Greece), a Master’s in Computer Science and a MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA). During her graduate years (2001-2007), she developed tele-immersive experiences that utilized ultra-high-speed networks and state-of-the-art Virtual Reality systems that were exhibited internationally at conferences and festivals, such as WIRED magazine's NextFest, Supercomputing and ACM SIGGRAPH. She is the recipient of NASA Goddard’s Exceptional Achievement Award for Outreach. Eleni is active in ACM SIGGRAPH (since 2006) and IEEE Vis (since 2014).

    Awards

    2017    NASA STMD/Technology Transfer Program Award from the Office of the General Counsel

    2015    NASA Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for Outreach

    2015    National Science Foundation (NSF) Vizzies People’s Choice Award for Games & Apps

    2013    USRA/GESTAR Mission Achievement Award for Excellence

    2012    USRA/GESTAR Recognition Award

    2010    NASA/GSFC Inclusive Innovation (I2) Award

    2009    NASA Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Team Award for Outreach

    2008    Individual Artist Award and Grant for Excellence in Computer Arts, Maryland State Arts Council

    2002    Teaching Assistantship Awards, School of Art and Design, UIC, Chicago, IL, USA, Spring & Fall Semesters

    1995    Scholarship from the National Scholarship Foundation Greece for outstanding performance in mathematics

    1994    Scholarship from the National Scholarship Foundation Greece for outstanding performance in mathematics

    Research Interests

    Cinematic Scientific Visualization

    Product management of digital applications with societal impact

    ArtScience Collaboration for Computer Graphics and Visualization

    Tele-immersive Experiences

    Education

    • MFA in Electronic Visualization, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 2007 (terminal degree)
    • M.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2002
    • B.Sc. in Mathematics, University of Ioannina, Greece, 1998

    Professional Service

    Professional Service to NASA:

    NASA Information Sciences & Technology (IS&T) Colloquium Committee, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2008-present)  
    Under this role, Helen-Nicole invites and hosts researchers and practitioners from the fields of computer graphics and visualization. Speakers include: Johnny Lee, Microsoft (2008); Jeff Han, Perspective Pixel (2009); Donna Cox, NCSA (2010); Zeynep Tufecki, UMBC (2010); Robert Kooima, LSU (2010); Ariel Shamir, Interdisciplinary Center (2011, 2014); Jeffrey Heer, Stanford University (2011); Neema Mostafavi, SVS (2011); Horace Mitchell, SVS (2011); Ben Fry, Fathom (2011); Tamara Munzner, UBC (2016); Chu Tang, Pixar (2017); Evan Hirsch, Engine Co.4 (2017); Mark Elendt & Jeff Lait, SideFX (2018); Andrew Johnson, EVL/UIC (2019).

    Professional Service to Non-Profits:

    Founding Board Member, CapXLabs (2019)  

    Board of Advisors, KV265 Communicating Science Through Art (2010-present)

    Professional Service to the fields of Computer Graphics, Visualization & Art:

    2019 Juror, ACM SIGGRAPH, Computer Animation Festival, Los Angeles, CA 
    2018 Reviewer, ACM SIGGRAPH, Posters Program, Vancouver, CA
    2018 Reviewer, ACM SIGGRAPH Art Papers Program, Vancouver, CA
    2018 Reviewer, ACM SIGGRAPH General Submissions Program, Vancouver, CA
    2017 Juror, ACM SIGGRAPH Student Research Competition, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2017 Committee Member, Symposium on Education, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia, Bangok, Thailand
    2017 Juror, Media & Technology MUSE Awards, Interpretive Installations category, American Association of Museums (AAM)
    2017 International Program Committee, SciVis Technical Papers Program, Phoenix, AZ, USA
    2016 Committee, Symposium on Education, SIGGRAPH Asia, Macao, Macao
    2016 International Program Committee, SciVis Technical Papers Program, IEEE Vis 2016, Baltimore, MD, USA
    2016 Chair, ACM SIGGRAPH 2016 Student Research Competition, Anaheim, CA, USA
    2016 Presenter of Interpretive Installations Awards, MUSE Media & Technology Awards 2016 Ceremony, Washington DC, USA
    2016 Reviewer, ACM Student Research Competition 2016
    2016 Juror, Digital Arts Exhibition, “Science of the Unseen”, ACM SIGGRAPH 2016, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2016 Juror, Media & Technology MUSE Awards, Interpretive Installations category, American Association of Museums (AAM)
    2015 Reviewer, Symposium on Education, SIGGRAPH Asia 2015, Kobe, Japan
    2015 International Program Committee, SciVis Technical Papers Program, IEEE Vis 2015, Chicago, IL, USA
    2015 Chair, ACM SIGGRAPH 2015 Student Research Competition, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2015 Reviewer, ACM Student Research Competition
    2015 Session Chair, “Supernatural”, ACM SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2015 Reviewer, Late-Breaking Program, ACM SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2015 Juror, Media & Technology MUSE Awards, Interpretive Installations category, American Association of Museums (AAM)
    2015 Juror, General Submissions, ACM SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2014 Juror, Media & Technology MUSE Awards, Interpretive Installations category, American Association of Museums (AAM)
    2014 Juror, General Submissions, ACM SIGGRAPH 2014, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2014 Reviewer, Papers program, International Journal of Arts in Society
    2013 Juror, Media & Technology MUSE Awards, Animation category, American Association of Museums (AAM)
    2013 Reviewer, NASA Small Business Initiative Review (SBIR), NASA/GSFC
    2012 Juror, Media & Technology MUSE Awards, Animation category, American Association of Museums (AAM)
    2012 Reviewer, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications Journal
    2011 Reviewer, NASA Office of Education K-12 Cooperative Agreement Notice/Grants
    2010 Reviewer, IEEE Computing in Science & Engineering Journal
    2009 Reviewer, NASA Office of Education K-12 Cooperative Agreement Notice/Grants
    2009 Curator, Tomorrow’s Yesterday: Scientific and Biomedical Visualization.
    Computer Animation Festival Panel, ACM SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans, LA, USA
    2009 Curator, A Journey from Outer to Inner Space: Scientific and Biomedical Stereoscopic Visualization, Computer Animation Festival Panel, ACM SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans, LA, USA
    2009 Conference Committee, ACM SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans, LA
    2008 Reviewer, NASA Small Business Initiative Review (SBIR), NASA/GSFC
    2008 Conference Committee, ACM SIGGRAPH 2008, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2008 Ex-Student Volunteer, ACM XSV SIGGRAPH 2008, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    2007 Committee, SPIE Midwest Chicago Student Meeting, Northwestern University, IL, USA
    2007 Session Chair, Is this for real?, ACM SIGGRAPH 2007, San Diego, CA, USA
    2007 Ex-Student Volunteer, ACM SIGGRAPH 2007, San Diego, CA, USA

    Special Experience

    Funding
    2014 Secured funding for NASA Visualization Explorer app and website. Source: NASA
    2013 Secured funding for NASA Visualization Explorer iOS universal app. Source: NASA
    2012 Secured funding for NASA Visualization Explorer iOS universal app. Source: NASA 
    2011 Secured funding for NASA Visualization Explorer iPhone app. Source: NASA
    2010 NASA/GSFC Inclusive Innovation (I2) Award for NASA Visualization Explorer. Co-authored submission and awarded seed funding to launch the project.
    2008 Individual Artist Award & Grant for Excellence in Computer Arts, Maryland State Arts Council
     

    NASA New Technology Reporting (NTR)
    2015 Innovator, NASA New Technology Report (NTR): NASA Viz Android Application
    2012 Innovator, NASA New Technology Report (NTR): NASA Viz iPhone Application
    2011 Innovator, NASA New Technology Report (NTR): NASA Viz iPad Application

    Publications

    Refereed

    Kwan-Liu Ma, I. Liao, J. Frazier, H.-N. Kostis, and H. Hauser. 2012. "Scientific Storytelling Using Visualization." IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 32 (1): 12-19 [10.1109/mcg.2012.24]

    Dolinsky, M., J. Anstey, D. Pape, et al. J. Aguilera, H.-N. Kostis, and D. Tsoupikova. 2005. "Collaborative Virtual Environments Art Exhibition." Proceedings of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging, Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems XII, 5664: 641-652.

    Non-Refereed

    Shirah, G. W., L. K. Perkins, H. G. Mitchell, et al. S. A. Snodgrass, B. A. Kekesi, J. W. Williams, M. Newcombe, W. T. Bridgman, C. L. Starr, H. G. Kostis, and S. A. Braun. 2007. "Towers in the Tempest." IEEE Visualization 2007 Scientific American Theater Sacramento, CA.

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Keynote Presentation, EnvirVis 2018: Visualization Workshop on Environmental Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic

    7 / 4 / 2018

    "Tales from the Orbit: In Search of the Visual Truth"

    Contributors: William Bridgman, Kel Elkins, Leann Johnson, Joycelyn Jones, Alex Kekesi, Michael Lentz, Michael McClare, LK Ward, Scott Wiessinger, Ernie Wright

    Dagstuhl Schloss Seminar, Foundations of Data Visualization, Germany

    1 / 21 / 2018

    Teaching Experience

    • 2000-2003    Part-Time Lecturer, Computer Information Systems, Truman College, Chicago, IL, USA Taught courses: Introduction and Advanced C++ Programming, Object Oriented Programming
    • 2001-2002    Teaching Assistant, Electronic Visualization, School of Art and Design, UIC, Chicago, IL, USA
    • 1999-2000    Part-Time Instructor, Greek Language, St. Andrew Greek High School, Chicago, IL, USA
    • 1998-1999    Middle School Teacher of Informatics, Drosia Public School, Athens, Greece

    Professional Societies

    ACM SIGGRAPH, 2006 - Present

    Brief Bio

    Helen-Nicole (Eleni) Kostis is a Senior Science Visualizer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and currently serves on the Scientific Organizing Committee of USRA’s Earth from Space Institute (EfSI). During the last decade, she has been exploring the field of data-driven visualization as a storytelling medium to communicate NASA’s research findings to the general public and to engage new audiences. In 2010 she led and brought to life the NASA Visualization Explorer, the first of its kind storytelling conduit that released bi-weekly data-driven visualized scientific results. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Ioannina (Greece), a Master’s in Computer Science and a MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA). During her graduate years (2001-2007), she developed tele-immersive experiences that utilized ultra-high-speed networks and state-of-the-art Virtual Reality systems that were exhibited internationally at conferences and festivals, such as WIRED magazine's NextFest, Supercomputing and ACM SIGGRAPH. She is the recipient of NASA Goddard’s Exceptional Achievement Award for Outreach. Eleni is active in ACM SIGGRAPH (since 2006) and IEEE Vis (since 2014).

    Publications

    Refereed

    Kwan-Liu Ma, I. Liao, J. Frazier, H.-N. Kostis, and H. Hauser. 2012. "Scientific Storytelling Using Visualization." IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 32 (1): 12-19 [10.1109/mcg.2012.24]

    Dolinsky, M., J. Anstey, D. Pape, et al. J. Aguilera, H.-N. Kostis, and D. Tsoupikova. 2005. "Collaborative Virtual Environments Art Exhibition." Proceedings of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging, Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems XII 5664 641-652

    Non-Refereed

    Shirah, G. W., L. K. Perkins, H. G. Mitchell, et al. S. A. Snodgrass, B. A. Kekesi, J. W. Williams, M. Newcombe, W. T. Bridgman, C. L. Starr, H. G. Kostis, and S. A. Braun. 2007. "Towers in the Tempest." IEEE Visualization 2007 Scientific American Theater

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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