Claudio Silva
NationalityBrazilian American
EmployerNew York University
Known forCo-developer of VisTrails
Spouse(s)Juliana Freire

Claudio Silva is a Brazilian American computer scientist and data scientist. He is a professor of computer science and engineering at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, the head of disciplines at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and affiliate faculty member at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.[1][2][3] He co-developed the open-source data-exploration system VisTrails with his wife Juliana Freire and many other collaborators.[4] He is a former chair of the executive committee for the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics.


Silva received his BS (1990) in mathematics from the Federal University of Ceará. He has his MS (1993) and PhD (1996) in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.[5][6]

Silva joined NYU in July 2011.[4] Previously, he held positions at labs including AT&T Labs, IBM Research, Sandia National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He was also a faculty member at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute and Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah as well as a visiting professor at Linköping University in Sweden.[5]

His research interests include visualization, visual analytics, reproducibility and provenance, geometric computing, data science/big data, sports analytics, urban computing and computer graphics. He participates in interdisciplinary projects across domains such as biotechnology, neuroscience, physics, ornithology, environmental science and urban science, collaborating with companies such as AT&T.[7] In conjunction with the Major League Baseball Advanced Media, he co-developed an in-ballpark infrastructure designed to provide complete and reliable measurements of every play on the field in order to answer analytics questions.[8][9]

He has published more than 220 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and holds 12 U.S. patents. He received grants from institutions including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.[1]


Silva's work has received a number of awards. The VisTrails Provenance Plugin for Autodesk Maya received a 2009 Utah Innovation Award.[10] In 2013, he was elected an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow and in 2014 he won the IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award "in recognition of seminal advances in geometric computing for visualization and for contributions to the development of the VisTrails data exploration system."[1] UV-CDAT, a novel climate data analysis tool that he helped build, won the 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award.[11] He "was the senior technology consultant (2012--2017)" for's Statcast player tracking system, which won the Alpha Award for Best Analytics Innovation/Technology at the 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b c "NYU professor wins premier award in the data visualization field". Advantage Business Media. November 12, 2014. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Grabar, Henry (January 27, 2015). "Would You Share Private Data for the Good of City Planning?". Next City. Archived from the original on September 27, 2020. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Ruth, João-Pierre S. (August 28, 2013). "Microsoft Research Grabs More Room for Data Science in Silicon Alley". Xconomy, Inc. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Decoding the Deep: Juliana Freire and Caludio Silva Join NYU-Poly". NYU School of Engineering. February 13, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Claudio Silva". New York University. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Silva, Claudio. "CV". Claudio Silva's webpage. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  7. ^ Post, Frits; Nielson, Gregory; Bonneau, Georges-Pierre (December 6, 2012). Data Visualization: The State of the Art. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 157. ISBN 9781461511779. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Newman, Mark (March 1, 2014). "MLBAM introduces new way to analyze every play". Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Sondhi, Paul (April 30, 2014). "Cameras Are The Future (Of Front Office Decisions In Sports)". NYULocal. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Winners Announced in the 2009 Utah Innovation Awards". Stoel Rivers LLP. April 30, 2009. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Ewing, VJ (March 4, 2015). "UV-CDAT team wins Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award". US Department of Energy. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  12. ^ Leach, Matthew (February 28, 2015). "Statcast wins prestigious Alpha Award for innovation". Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Claudio Silva". NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Retrieved May 19, 2022.