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Ronald Metoyer

Ronald A. Metoyer

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Assistant Dean of Diversity and Special Initiatives
College of Engineering


Phone: 574-631-5893

Office: 325C Cushing


Ph.D., Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002

B.S., Computer Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles, 1994


Ronald Metoyer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he worked in the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center with a focus on modeling and visualizing the motion of pedestrians in urban and architectural scenes.   In 2001, he joined the faculty in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University and in 2002 he received an NSF CAREER Award for his work in “Understanding the Complexities of Animated Content”.   After 14 years at Oregon State University, Dr. Metoyer joined the University of Notre Dame as an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering.  Dr. Metoyer’s research is focused on human-computer interaction and information visualization where he seeks to support end users in dealing with the large amount of data becoming available from a growing number of sources.

Summary of Activities/Interests

My research falls under the general area of Human Computer Interaction with an emphasis on Information Visualization. I study end users with data analysis and general computing problems, identify their needs, design, build and evaluate interfaces that support them directly rather than force them to change their ways to match the machine and existing approaches. I am especially interested in complex data analysis problems where there are opportunities to take advantage of the human perceptual system to help people make sense of their data through visual analysis.  My current projects involve the study of interfaces for programming on mobile devices, custom input methods for touchscreen devices, and design studies in specific domains such as attorney court case portfolio analysis.


College Names Two New Assistant Deans

September 21, 2015

Peter Kilpatrick, the McCloskey Dean of Engineering, has announced the appointment of Kenneth T. Christensen, the College of Engineering Collegiate Professor of Fluid Mechanics, and Ronald Metoyer, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as assistant deans of the College of Engineering.