Donald Bertucci

I am a senior at Oregon State University studying Computer Science and Mathematics. I'll be joining Georgia Tech as a Computer Science PhD student in the Fall.

I am very interested in visualization, the brain, neural networks, complexity, and information.

In the past, I've worked on visualizing neural networks and large-scale data as a member of the Data Interaction Group at Carnegie Mellon University and as a member of the Data Interaction and Visualization Lab at Oregon State University. I've been lucky to work with brilliant people like Dr. Minsuk Kahng , Dr. Alex Cabrera , Dr. Adam Perer , Dr. Dominik Moritz , and more!


Starting Fall 2024

Ph.D. Computer Science

Georgia Institute of Technology
Advised by Dr. Alex Endert
2020 – Present

B.S. Computer Science

Oregon State University
Degree focus on Artificial Intelligence
Minor in Mathematics


Summer 2023

Carnegie Mellon University

Research Intern, CMU Data Interaction Group (DIG)
Researched interactive methods to improve language model prompt generation and transparency with Adam Perer . Developed interactive visualizations of neural network compression/quantization error [_].
Sep. 2022 – Jun. 2023

Carnegie Mellon University

Research Assistant, CMU Data Interaction Group (DIG)
Developing human-centered ways to evaluate Machine Learning model behavior within Zeno [_]. Enabling linked visualizations at scale with FalconVis [_] with Dominik Moritz .
Summer 2022

Carnegie Mellon University

REU Intern, HCII Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Developed user interfaces to interactively discover poor behavior in neural networks [_].
Advised by Ángel Alexander Cabrera and Adam Perer . Hosted by the Data Interaction Group (DIG) .
Aug. 2021 – Jun. 2022

Oregon State University

Research Assistant, Data Interaction and Visualization (DIV) Lab
Developed user interfaces to visualize large data and interpret complex machine learning models [_, _]. Mentored and advised by Minsuk Kahng .
Summer 2021

Oregon State University

EECS REU Summer Cohort
Program dedicated to improving research communication and presentation skills. Led by Alan Fern .
Feb. 2021 – June 2021

Oregon State University

REU Intern, URSA Engage Research Program
Developed interactive interfaces to visualize difficult concepts in learned neural networks [_, _]. Advised by Minsuk Kahng .




Zeno: An Interactive Framework for Behavioral Evaluation of Machine Learning

Ángel Alexander Cabrera , Erica Fu , Donald Bertucci , Kenneth Holstein , Ameet Talwalkar , Jason I. Hong , and Adam Perer
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Hamburg, Germany, 2023.

DendroMap: Visual Exploration of Large-Scale Image Datasets for Machine Learning with Treemaps

Donald Bertucci , Md Montaser Hamid , Yashwanthi Anand , Anita Ruangrotsakun , Delyar Tabatabai ,
Melissa Perez , and Minsuk Kahng
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2022). Oklahoma City, OK

Beyond Value: CHECKLIST for Testing Inferences in Planning-Based Reinforcement Learning

Kin-Ho Lam , Delyar Tabatabai , Jed Irvine , Donald Bertucci , Anita Ruangrotsakun , Minsuk Kahng , and Alan Fern
32nd International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2022).



Backprop Explainer: Interactive Explanation of Backpropagation in Neural Network Training

Donald Bertucci and Minsuk Kahng
Workshop on Visualization for AI Explainability (VISxAI, IEEE VIS 2021).

An Interactive Introduction to Autoencoders

Donald Bertucci
Workshop on Visualization for AI Explainability (VISxAI, IEEE VIS 2021).

Research Projects


ProteinScatter: Visualizing Fragments of Structurally Similar Proteins with a Scatterplot

Donald Bertucci
Converted proteins to Foldseek 3Di, then trained an auto-regressive transformer. Embeddings converted into a 2D scatterplot.
Molecular Modeling with Juan Vanegas, Oregon State University (2024). Corvallis, OR

Visualizing Neural Network Compression

Donald Bertucci and Adam Perer
An interactive article exploring how model compression error affects neural network behavior.

FalconVis: A Library to Cross-Filter Billions of Data Entries on the Web

Donald Bertucci and Dominik Moritz
A JavaScript library for visualizing big data on the web with your custom visualizations and scalable data formats.

Finding the Distance Function in the Poincaré Disk using Stereographic Projection

Donald Bertucci
A paper that derives the Poicaré disk distance function using stereographic projection from Minkowski Space.
Non-Euclidean Geometry with Tevian Dray, Oregon State University (2023). Corvallis, OR

Mirror: Interactive Discovery of Blindspots in Machine Learning Models

Donald Bertucci , Ángel Alexander Cabrera , Nari Johnson , Gregory Plumb , Erica Fu , and Adam Perer
An interactive tool to discover errors in machine learning models. Detailed in the poster and implemented in Zeno.
Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) Summer Research Showcase (2022). Pittsburgh, PA


  • Mirror [P1 ] at CMU HCII Summer Research Program Showcase
  • Dendromap [C2 ] at the Visualization Conference (IEEE VIS 2022 in Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Interactive Autoencoder [W1 ] at workshop on Visualization for AI Explainability (VISxAI, IEEE VIS 2021)
  • Backprop Explainer [W2 ] at workshop on Visualization for AI Explainability (VISxAI, IEEE VIS 2021)
  • Backprop Explainer [W2 ] at Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE 2021 at Oregon State University)
  • Backprop Explainer [W2 ] at OSU 2021 EECS Undergraduate Summer Cohort



Dr. Minsuk Kahng

Research Scientist at Google People + AI Research (PAIR)
Previously Assistant Professor at Oregon State University

Dr. Adam Perer

Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Dominik Moritz

Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Research Scientist at Apple Machine Intelligence visualization team

Dr. Alex Cabrera

Previously PhD Student at Carnegie Mellon University and ZenoML