Jill Naiman

Jill Neiman

Teaching Assistant Professor

PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Other professional appointments

  • Visiting Scholar, NCSA

Research focus

Data visualization, scientific digitization with machine learning methods, image processing.


I am currently Teaching Faculty at the iSchool, UIUC and a Visiting Scholar at NCSA where I teach and research methods for efficient and engaging data visualization in technological fields. Before my current appointment I completed the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Theory and Computation Postdoctoral fellowships at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. My Ph.D. is in Astronomy & Astrophysics from University of California, Santa Cruz where I studied feedback in star clusters with numerical simulations, and later simulations of galaxy formation.

I'm also active in outreach and educational activities, particularly in the mentoring of students and development of open source visualization tools.

Courses currently teaching

Office hours

Online: Monday and Wednesday, 10–11 a.m.

Publications & Papers

Clustering-informed Cinematic Astrophysical Data Visualization with Application to the Moon-forming Terrestrial Synestia, Aleo, Patrick D.; Lock, Simon J.; Cox, Donna J.; Levy, Stuart A.; Naiman, J. P.; Christensen, A. J.; Borkiewicz, Kalina; Patterson, Robert. 2020. https://arxiv.org/abs/2006.00084

Cinematic Visualization of Multiresolution Data: Ytini for Adaptive Mesh Refinement in Houdini, Borkiewicz, Kalina; Naiman, J. P.; Lai, Haoming. July 2019. DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/ab1f6f

Houdini for Astrophysical Visualization, Naiman, J. P.; Borkiewicz, Kalina; Christensen, A. J. May 2017. DOI: 10.1088/1538-3873/aa51b3

AstroBlend: An astrophysical visualization package for Blender, Naiman, J. P. April 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.ascom.2016.02.002