CCI Associate Professor David Breen Named Deputy Director of NSF Center for Visual & Decision Informatics

Drexel University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s (ULL) National Science Foundation Center for Visual & Decision Informatics (CVDI) has selected College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) Associate Professor David Breen, PhD as deputy director. Breen will succeed CCI Professor Il-Yeol Song, PhD who had served as CVDI’s deputy director since the Center’s founding in 2012.

Breen has held research positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, the California Institute of Technology, the European Computer-Industry Research Centre, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics and the Rensselaer Design Research Center. He brings 14 years of NSF center experience to CVDI, having served as a research engineer at an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for eight years and as site director of a Science and Technology Center (STC) at California Institute of Technology for six years.

"I am very excited to join the CVDI leadership team,” Breen said. “CVDI has achieved much in its first three years and I foresee many more outstanding accomplishments as we move forward and expand our organization both nationally and internationally."

Breen's research interests include bio-inspired self-organization algorithms, biomedical image informatics, geometric modeling, computer-aided design and visualization. He has authored or co-authored over 95 technical papers, articles and book chapters on these and other subjects, and is the co-editor of the book, Cloth Modeling and Animation. He earned both a doctorate and master of science degree in computer and systems engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Colgate University.

The Center—one of 20 active I/UCRC Information, Communication and Computing programs in the U.S.— serves as a virtual enterprise between UL Lafayette’s School of Computing and Informatics and College of Computing & Informatics. CVDI is funded by the I/UCRC program of the NSF, members from industry and government, and university matching funds.

CVDI is dedicated to driving continuous innovation through knowledge sharing among partners leading to invention and commercialization of decision support technologies, by bringing together analytic, visual and perceptual techniques to enhance industry competitiveness within commercial ecosystems such as: information and publishing, healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing, disaster management, revenue and finance, business process intelligence, e-science, real-time supply chain monitoring/visualization and network analysis.

For more information, please visit CVDI’s website at


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