about me

hi! my name is derya

pronounced in english: dairy-ya
pronouns in english: she/her/hers

photo of me with my cat fig

thinking about…

  • applying critical theory + visualization
  • communicating science research
  • understanding how data became important
  • learning Swedish
  • hanging out with my cat Fig


✏ Doktorand, Science & Technology @ Linköping University

✉ derya.akbaba at liu dot se

𓅮 @gotdairyya

b/c elon musk ruins everything

📖 i like books

💾 a list of lists about data vis


☼ Masters, Computing @ University of Utah, 2022

☃ BSc, Industrial & Labor Relations @ Cornell, 2013


Troubling Collaboration: Matters of Care for Visualization Design Study
Derya Akbaba, Devin Lange, Michael Correll, Alexander Lex, Miriah Meyer
In Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '23), 2023
paper blog post supplemental material

Data Hunches: Incorporating Personal Knowledge into Visualizations
Haihan Lin, Derya Akbaba, Miriah Meyer, Alexander Lex
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2023
paper interactive prototype supplemental material


Nov 2023 :: Sweden

Presenting A speculative feminist knowledge elicitation system at the WASP-HS AI for Humanity and Society 2023 conference workshop.

Oct 2023 :: Scotland

Presenting I Was Here. Digital Traces as Design Material with Tobias Kauer at Info+ in Edinburgh.

Oct 2023 :: Australia

Presenting Two Heads are Better than One at IEEE VIS in Melbourne.