Prof. Dr. Fabian Beck


Prof. Dr. Fabian Beck

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Gerlingstraße 16
45127 Essen, Germany
S-GW 209 via S-GW 210
+49 201 183-7057


I graduated in Computer Science (Diplom-Informatiker) at the University of Trier, Germany in 2009. As a research assistant and PhD student, I worked in the Software Engineering Group of Stephan Diehl at the University of Trier (2009-2013). My dissertation, which I defended in June 2013, is titled "Understanding Multi-Dimensional Code Couplings". Then, I was employed as a postdoctoral researcher at VISUS, University of Stuttgart, Germany in the group of Daniel Weiskopf. Since December 2016, I am junior professor at University of Duisburg-Essen leading the visualization research group. I am member of ACM, IEEE CS, and GI. 

Fields of Research:

My main research interests are information visualization and software engineering, and in particular the intersection of both—software visualization. A specific focus of my research is on methods for visualizing and comparing large and time-varying graphs and hierarchies, often in the context of software. Recent projects also explore applications of word-sized graphics (sparklines) within IDEs and other interactive systems.

Social Media:

ResearchGate | Twitter @beck_fabian


See the list of publications (since 2016) or my DBLP  and Google Scholar profile.


  • BDVA 2016 Best Reviewer Award
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship for Leading Early Career Researchers, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
    Project: "Vis-Text Interaction"
  • Joseph A. Schumpeter Preis 2012, University of Trier
    Publication award for the ESEC/FSE 2011 paper "On the Congruence of Modularity and Code Coupling"
  • Finalist and awardee of the German National Computer Science Contest 2004 (Bundeswettbewerb Informatik)
    Preisträger (secondary award), special award for cooperative behavior



  • Co-organizer of GI Dagstuhl Seminar on "Visualizing Systems and Software Performance" (VSSP)
  • Co-organizer of VPA 2017
  • Program Co-Chair of VISSOFT 2015
  • NIER/Tool Demo Track Co-Chair of VISSOFT 2014

Steering Committee Member

  • VISSOFT (since 09/2015)

Program Committee Member

  • PacificVis 2018
  • VEM 2017
  • VMV 2017
  • VISSOFT 2017
  • VAST 2017 (IEEE VIS)
  • ICSME 2017
  • GD 2017
  • EuroVis 2017
  • ICPC 2017 ERA
  • PacificVis 2017
  • SANER 2017 Tool Track
  • VEM 2016
  • BDVA 2016
  • ICSME 2016
  • VISSOFT 2016
  • SCAM 2016 Engineering Track
  • PacificVis 2016 Visualization Notes
  • SANER 2016 Tool Track
  • SCAM 2015 Tool Track
  • ICSME 2015 ERA
  • PacificVis 2015 Visualization Notes
  • ICSME 2014 ERA 
  • ICPC 2014 ERA

University Committees

  • 2013 - 2016: Member of the Board of Admission of the Master program 'Computer Science' (University of Stuttgart)
  • 2010 - 2012: Elected member of the management board of the International Graduate Center (University of Trier)

Invited Talks:

  • The State of the Art in Visualizing Dynamic Graphs, August 1, 2016, NII Shonan Meeting "Dynamic Networks Visual Analytics", Shonan, Japan
  • In-Situ Analytics: Using Word-Sized Visualizations for Integrated Data Analysis, April 19, 2016, Pacific VAST, Taipeh, Taiwan
  • Visualizing Software Dynamics, January 13, 2016, University of Chile, Chile
  • Perspectives on Software Visualization
    • September 3, 2014, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria [video]
    • September 8, 2014, TU Vienna, Austria, and 
    • November 27, 2014, Open University, UK
  • Augmented Code - Enriching Source Code Views with In Situ Visualization, September 4, 2013, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
  • Visueller Vergleich von Kopplungen in Software-Systemen, March 13, 2012, VISUS, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
  • Visual Comparison of Code Coupling, March 9, 2012, Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Informations- und Softwarevisualisierung, May 19, 2008, SCHOTT AG, Mainz, Germany