Donald Bertucci

I am a junior at Oregon State University studying Computer Science and Mathematics.

I create interactive systems that help people visualize and interpret machine learning models that use a ton of data.

Broadly speaking, I'm focused on how humans can better understand machine learning model behavior. Complex structures and how they act blow my mind: both machine and animal.


2020 – Present

B.S. Computer Science

Oregon State University
Degree focus on Artificial Intelligence


Sep. 2022 – Present

Carnegie Mellon University

Research Assistant, CMU Data Interaction Group (DIG)
Developing methods to interactively discover systematic errors in ML models within Zeno with Ángel Alexander Cabrera and Adam Perer . Enabling scalable visualization of Big Data within Falcon with Dominik Moritz .
Summer 2022

Carnegie Mellon University

Research Intern, HCII Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Researched methods to discover where ML models fail [_].
Primarily advised by Ángel Alexander Cabrera and Adam Perer . Also advised by Nari Johnson and Gregory Plumb . Summer program led by Laura Dabbish and I was hosted by the CMU Data Interaction Group (DIG) .
Aug. 2021 – Aug. 2022

Oregon State University

Research Assistant, Data Interaction and Visualization (DIV) Lab
Created interactive user interfaces to visualize large data and machine learning models. Designed, implemented, and evaluated interactive interfaces [_, _]. Advised and mentored by Minsuk Kahng .
Summer 2021

Oregon State University

EECS REU Summer Cohort
Discussed, presented, and improved research communication to CS faculty and students [_]. Program led by Alan Fern .
Feb. 2021 – May 2021

Oregon State University

Research Intern, URSA Engage Research Program
Created interactive interfaces to visualize difficult topics in artificial neural networks [_]. Designed interactive systems for visualizing model comparison. Hosted by the DIV Lab and Minsuk Kahng .




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

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

Beyond Value: CHECKLIST for Testing Inferences in Planning-Based RL

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



Backprop Explainer: Interactive Explanation of Backpropagation in Neural Network Training

Donald Bertucci , 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).



Mirror: Interactive Discovery of Blindspots in Machine Learning Models

Donald Bertucci , Ángel Alexander Cabrera , Nari Johnson , Gregory Plumb , Erica Fu , Adam Perer
Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) Summer Research Showcase (2022). Pittsburgh, PA


Talks – DendroMap

| Full paper presentation at IEEE VIS 2022 in Oklahoma City, OK

Talks – Backprop Explainer

| Workshop on Visualization for AI Explainability (VISxAI, IEEE VIS 2021)
| Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE, 2021) at Oregon State University
| EECS Undergraduate Summer Cohort at Oregon State University

Reviewing – VISxAI Workshop

| VISxAI 2022 Program Committee Member


Dr. Minsuk Kahng – Research Scientist

People + AI Research (PAIR)
Google Research

Dr. Adam Perer – Assistant Professor

Data Interaction Group (CMU DIG)
Carnegie Mellon University

Alex Cabrera – PhD Student

Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII)
Carnegie Mellon University