Parker Ziegler

Hey, I'm Parker.

I am a computer scientist, software engineer, and cartographer based in Berkeley, CA. My passions lie at the intersection of programming languages (PL), human-computer interaction (HCI), data visualization, and geospatial technologies. I currently spend a lot of my time researching and working on programming tools for data journalists, Earth and climate scientists, and social scientists.

I also believe place shapes every part of who we are. These are the places that have shaped me.

Now – Berkeley, CAPreviously – Seattle, WABirthplace – Salt Lake City, UTSchool – Middlebury, VTHome – Northampton, MA

What I'm Up To

I'm currently a Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley, advised by Professor Sarah Chasins. My research focuses on using novel techniques from programming languages and human-computer interaction research to build useful and usable programming tools for data journalists, climate researchers, and social scientists. Previously, I worked with the wonderful and talented folks at Formidable, where I contributed to their open source work. Check out some of my recent contributions.

  • Apr 2022

    I gave a talk at the Programming Systems Seminar at UC Berkeley discussing early findings from my need-finding study with users of geospatial data.

  • Feb 2022

    I gave a talk at the EPIC Data Lab Seminar at UC Berkeley about my work on reviz.

  • Jan 2022

    I open-sourced and released reviz, a lightweight engine for automatically reverse engineering data visualizations from the DOM. Check out the announcement notebook on Observable.

Tools I Work With

I love everything about the Web and spend most of my days working with these lovely languages and tools.

Languages

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Tools

React LogoNode LogoRedux LogoNext.js LogoD3 LogoJest LogoCypress LogoTailwind LogoSass LogoTerraform Logo