Pedro Miguel Cruz

Pedro Cruz is a data visualization specialist and explorer. He started his academic activity in Physics and later changed to Informatics Engineering. He learned about design by collaborating with design atelier FBA. in Coimbra, Portugal and creative studio 3bits in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He later concluded his master thesis in information visualization and aesthetics at Coimbra.

Since 2010 he is an Invited Assistant Professor in Design and Multimedia at University of Coimbra while being a researcher at CDV. Currently he is a PhD student at the Doctoral Program for Information Science and Technology of the same university. He passed through Cambridge, MA as a PhD visiting student for MIT Senseable City Lab and through Singapore as a research assistant for SMART (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology).

Recently he was awarded for Design and Social Movements by the 4th Ibero-American Biennial of Design. He won the ACM SIGGRAPH Student Research Competition in 2010 and was a semi-finalist in 2011. He also developed the Pimkie’s Color Forecast software that won a Webby Award in 2013 and was distinguished in Cannes Lions 2012.

His work was featured in several exhibitions around the world such as CES, MoMA’s Talk to Me, Prix Ars Electronica Animation Festival and SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival as well as in magazines such as Fast Company (Co.Design & Co.Create) and Wired (US & UK) and in specialized books. In 2013 he was an invited speaker at Interaction South America’13.

Related projects


ELICIT – Evolutionary Computation Visualization


Iso-edges for the geovisualization of consumptions


Swarm Systems in the Visualisation of Consumption Patterns


Calendar Views on Consumption


Transitions of Customers Among Supermarkets


One day in Lisbon’s traffic


An ecosystem of corporate politicians


Visualizing Patterns of Flow and Usage in Wireless Networks


Musical Flocks


Lisbon’s Blood Vessels


Abstract Ocean Waves


Visualizing Empires Decline


Data Book Covers