Innovations in Visualization

Visualizing Language

Christopher Collins
Sheelagh Carpendale
Gerald Penn

Visualization to Support Rich Understanding of Language

Textual and speech data are at the forefront of information management problems today. From email to case law to call center speech recognition transcripts, managing and filtering the volumes of linguistic content to find subsets of interest and to understand it is an immense undertaking that most of us are faced with everyday, when we open our inbox or use our favourite search engine. Lingusitic analysis is also very important to business as the corporate world strives to improve text analytics for monitoring customer opinions, to streamline document management and retrieval, and to provide data services to clients. Drawing on both computational linguistics and information visualization, we are creating solutions to enhance the communication and understanding of linguistic data.


Christopher Collins. Interactive Visualizations of Natural Language. PhD thesis, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January, 2010. PDF Paper
Ronald Baecker, David Fono, Lillian Blume, Christopher Collins and Delia Couto. Webcasting Made Interactive: Persistent Chat for Text Dialogue During and About Learning Events. In Proc. of HCI International, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. (Beijing, China), Springer, 2007.
Christopher Collins, Sheelagh Carpendale and Gerald Penn. Visualizing Uncertainty in Lattices to Support Decision-Making. In Proceedings of Eurographics/IEEE VGTC Symposium on Visualization (EuroVis 2007). Eurographics Association, 2007. The definitive version is available at \url{}. PDF Paper Video File
Christopher Collins. DocuBurst: Document Content Visualization using Language Structure. In Proceedings. of IEEE Symp. on Information Visualization (InfoVis 2006), Poster Session, Proceedings Compendium. (Baltimore, USA), IEEE Press, pages 112-113, 2006. PDF Paper