Maneesh is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow, recognized for "designing visual interfaces that enhance our ability to understand large quantities of complex information. Working at the intersection of visualization, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics, Agrawala draws on cognitive psychology to identify the key perceptual and design principles underlying graphic illustrations. His algorithms automatically generate legible and effective designs for a variety of data types."
Some pretty interesting stuff from a visual/graphical perspective. I wonder how one could apply similar algorithms to information design, etc.