Innovations in Visualization

Information Visualization - CPSC 683

General Instructions

Reading Duties

  1. What did the author(s) think was the main point of the paper?
  2. What do you think is the main point of the paper?
  3. What practical use can you make of the contents of the paper (or your classmates)
  4. Keep the notes – ask questions of the people answering 1, 2, and 3 to be clear about what you write.

If you have class notes to upload, you can send them to Sheelagh. Please paste the notes straight into the email and attach images separately (if they are necessary). Also, please tell me in which week the notes belong.)

Week 1 (Sep 10, 2012)

Lecture Notes

Readings Assigned

  • Visual language: global communication for the 21st century
by: Horn, Robert E.
Publisher: MacroVU, Inc.,
Pub date: c1998.
ISBN: 189263709X
Call number: P93.5 .H67 1998
pages 1 to 51 (in handout)
  • Semiology of graphics: diagrams, networks, maps
by: Bertin, Jacques, 1918-
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press,
Pub date: 1983.
ISBN: 0299090604
Call number: QA90 .B4751 1983
Readings: pages 2 to 13 and 42 to 97 (in handout)
  • Sheelagh Carpendale. Considering Visual Variables as a Basis for Information Visualization.

Optional Readings

  1. Automating the Design of Graphical Presentations of Relational Information Jock Mackinlay, ACM Transaction on Graphics, vol. 5, no. 2, April 1986, pp. 110-141.
  2. The rest of Visual Language
  3. The rest of Semiology of Graphics
  4. Scott McCloud. Understanding Comics

Week 2 (Sep 17, 2012)


Readings Assigned

  1. Ji Soo Yi, Youn ah Kang, John T. Stasko and Julie A. Jacko, "Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Role of Interaction in Information Visualization", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, (Paper presented at InfoVis '07), Vol. 13, No. 6, November/December 2007, pp. 1224-1231. pdf
  2. N. Elmqvist, A. Vande Moere, H.-C. Jetter, D. Cernea, H. Reiterer, T. Jankun-Kelly. Fluid Interaction for Information Visualization. Information Visualization, 10(4):327-340, 2011. pdf
  3. Bongshin Lee, Petra Isenberg, Nathalie Henry Riche, and Sheelagh Carpendale (2012) Beyond Mouse and Keyboard: Expanding Design Considerations for Information Visualization Interactions, IEEE TVCG (InfoVis 2012), Accepted for publication.

Optional Readings

  1. Ben Shneiderman. The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations. Proc. 1996 IEEE Visual Languages, also Maryland HCIL TR 96-13
  2. Melanie Tory and Torsten Moller. Rethinking Visualizations: A High-Level Taxonomy. Proceedings of InfoVis '04, Austin, TX, Oct. 2004, pp. 151-158.

Week 3 (Sep 24, 2012)

Discussion of Week 2 Readings

Readings Assigned:

  1. A Tour through the Visualization Zoo. Jeffrey Heer, Michael Bostock, Vadim Ogievetsky. Communications of the ACM, 53(6), pp. 59-67, Jun 2010. pdf
  2. Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think, Chapter 1. Stuart K. Card, Jock Mackinlay, and Ben Shneiderman. Morgan Kaufmann, 1999
  3. A Knowledge Task-Based Framework for Design and Evaluation of Information Visualizations - Best Paper Robert Amar, John Stasko. the proceedings of the IEEE symposium of Information Visualization, InfoVis’04 (2004) (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Optional Readings

Week 4 (Oct 1, 2012)

Discussion of Week 3 Readings

Readings Assigned:

  1. Design Study Methodology: Reflections from the Trenches and the Stacks. Michael Sedlmair, Miriah Meyer, Tamara Munzner. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proceedings of InfoVis 2012), pdf.
  2. L. Tweedie, R. Spence, H. Dawkes, and H. Su (1996). Externalizing Abstract Mathematical Models Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , pp. 406-412, ACM Press, April 13-18 1996. CHI96

Optional Readings

Week 5 (Oct 8, 2012)

  • Thanksgiving

Readings Assigned:

  1. Animation: Can It Facilitate? Barbara Tversky, Julie Morrison, Mireille Betrancourt. International Journal of Human Computer Studies 57:4, pp 247-262, 2002. pdf
  2. (this is an old paper but it is interesting to see where this started) Christopher Ahlberg and Ben Shneiderman. Visual Information Seeking: Tight Coupling of Dynamic Query Filters with Starfield Displays. Human Factors in Computing Systems. Conference Proceedings CHI'94, pp. 313-317, 1994.
  3. Jeffrey Heer, George Robertson. Animated Transitions in Statistical Data Graphics. IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) 2007. PDF (591K), MOV (18.5M)
  4. George Robertson, Roland Fernandez, Danyel Fisher, Bongshin Lee, John Stasko, "Effectiveness of Animation in Trend Visualization", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, (Paper presented at InfoVis '08), Vol. 14, No. 6, November/December 2008, pp. 1325-1332.

Week 6 (Oct 15, 2012)

Marjan Eggermont: Biomimicry

Readings Assigned:

  1. George W. Furnas. Generalized Fisheye Views. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems, ACM CHI'86, The SIGCHI Bulletin, pp. 16-23, Association for Computer Machinery, 1986. Furnas.pdf
  2. A Framework for Unifying Presentation Space S. Carpendale and C. Montagnese. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on User-Interface Software Technology, UIST'01, CHI Letters Vol. 3 Issue 2, p 61-70, ACM Press, 2001. Carpendale2001.pdf
  3. Toolglass and magic lenses: the see-through interface Eric A. Bier, Maureen C. Stone, Ken Pier, William Buxton, and Tony D. DeRose, Proc. SIGGRAPH'93, pp. 73-76.

Optional Readings (these optional readings are quite important)

  1. Pad. An Alternative Approach to the Computer Interface. Ken Perlin. David Fox.
  2. Space-Scale Diagrams: Understanding Multiscale Interfaces George Furnas and Ben Bederson, Proc SIGCHI '95.
  3. Robert Spence and Mark Apperley. Data Base Navigation: An Office Environment for the Professional. Behaviour and Information Technology, 1(1), pp. 43-54, 1982. Spence.pdf

Optional Readings (further)

  1. 1. Benjamin B. Bederson and James D. Hollan. Pad++: A Zooming Graphical Interface for Exploring Alternate Interface Physics. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Visualization I, pp. 17-26, 1994. (in text pages 530-544)
  2. Y. K. Leung and M. D. Apperley. A Review and Taxonomy of Distortion-Oriented Presentation Techniques. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Research Contributions, 1(2), pp. 126-160, 1994.
  3. SignalLens: Focus+Context Applied to Electronic Time Series. Robert Kincaid
  4. E. Pietriga, C. Appert, Sigma Lenses: Focus-Context Transitions Combining Space, Time and Translucence, CHI '08: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pages 1343-1352, April 2008, Florence, Italy
  5. E. Pietriga, O. Bau, C. Appert, Representation-Independent In-Place Magnification with Sigma Lenses, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 455-467, May/June 2010.
  6. Sheelagh Carpendale , John Ligh , Eric Pattison, Achieving higher magnification in context, Proceedings of the 17th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, October 24-27, 2004, Santa Fe, NM, USA [doi>10.1145/1029632.1029645]
  7. Andy Cockburn , Amy Karlson , Benjamin B. Bederson, A review of overview+detail, zooming, and focus+context interfaces, ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), v.41 n.1, p.1-31, December 2008 [doi>10.1145/1456650.1456652]
  8. Smooth and Efficient Zooming and Panning. Jarke J. van Wijk, Wim A.A. Nuij (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)

Week 7 (Oct 22, 2012)

Discussion of recent Readings

Readings Assigned:

  1. ABySS-Explorer: Visualizing Genome Sequence Assemblies. Cydney B. Nielsen, Shaun D. Jackman, Inanç Birol, Steven J.M. Jones
  2. MizBee: A Multiscale Synteny Browser. Miriah Meyer, Tamara Munzner, and Hanspeter Pfister. IEEE Trans. Visualization and Computer Graphics 15(6) (InfoVis 09), 2009.
  3. MulteeSum: A Tool for Comparative Spatial and Temporal Gene Expression Data. Miriah Meyer, Tamara Munzner, Angela DePace, Hanspeter Pfister

Optional Readings

  1. Constructing Overview + Detail Dendrogram-Matrix Views. Jin Chen, Alan M. MacEachren, Donna J. Peuquet
  2. GeneShelf: A Web-based Visual Interface for Large Gene Expression Time-Series Data Repositories. Bohyoung Kim, Bongshin Lee, Susan Knoblach, Eric Hoffman, Jinwook Seo
  3. Gremlin: An Interactive Visualization Model for Analyzing Genomic Rearrangements. Trevor M. O'Brien, Anna M. Ritz, Benjamin J. Raphael, David H. Laidlaw

Week 8 (Oct 29, 2012)

Discussion of Week 7 Readings

Readings Assigned: (Temporal Vis)

  1. Artifacts of the Presence Era: Using Information Visualization to Create an Evocative Souvenir. Fernanda Viegas, Ethan Perry, Ethan Howe, Judith Donath. In the proceedings of the IEEE symposium of Information Visualization, InfoVis’04. InfoVis 2004, in Austin, TX.
  2. Plaisant, P. and Rose, A. (March 1996). Exploring LifeLines to Visualize Patient Records. A short version of this report appeared as a poster summary in 1996 American Medical Informatic Association Annual Fall Symposium (Washington, DC, Oct. 26-30, 1996), pp. 884, AMIA, Bethesda MD. HCIL-96-04, CS-TR-3620, CAR-TR-819
  3. Martin Wattenberg. Arc Diagrams: Visualizing Structure in Strings. In Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, IEEE Computer Science Press 2002.

Optional Readings

  1. J. Heer, N. Kong, M. Agrawala (2009). Sizing the Horizon: the effects of chart size and layering on the graphical perception of time series visualization. CI’09 to appear
  2. Jarke J. van Wijk Edward R. van Selow. Cluster and Calendar based Visualization of Time Series Data. Proc InfoVis 99.
  3. J. Heer, N. Kong, M. Agrawala (2009). Sizing the Horizon: the effects of chart size and layering on the graphical perception of time series visualization. CI’09 to appear

CogSci Readings

  • A Cognitive Perspective. Information visualization: perception for design (2nd edition if possible)
by: Ware, Colin.
Publisher: Morgan Kaufman,
Pub date: 2000, 2nd edition 2004
ISBN: 1558605118
Call number: TS156.2 .W37 2000
Chapter 3; Lightness, Brightness, Contrast and Constancy, pages 73-100.
Chapter 4; Colour, pages 103-148.
Chapter 5; Visual Attention and Information that Pops Out, pages 151-198
  • Optional:
  1. A Field Guide to Digital Colour – Stone
  2. Rensink, Ronald A.; O'Regan, J. Kevin; Clark, James J. (1997), To see or not to see: the need for attention to perceive changes in scenes, Psychological Science 8 (5): 368-373.
  3. the rest of Colin Ware’s book
a. Ware, Chapter 1: Foundation for a Science of Data Visualization
b. Ware, Chapter 2: The Environment, Optics, Resolution, and the Display
c. Ware, Chapter 5: Visual Attention and Information That Pops Out
d. Ware, Chapter 6: Static and Moving Patterns
e. Ware, Chapter 8: Space Perception and the Display of Data in Space

Week 9 (Nov 5, 2012)

Discussion of Week 8 Readings

Readings Assigned:

  1. Petra Neumann, Annie Tat, Torre Zuk and Sheelagh Carpendale. KeyStrokes: Personalizing Typed Text with Visualization. In Proceedings of Eurographics (EuroVis~2007). Eurographics, pages 43-50, 2007.
  2. The Streams of Our Lives: Visualizing Listening Histories in Context. Dominikus Baur, Frederik Seiffert, Michael Sedlmair, Sebastian Boring
  3. A Visual Backchannel for Large-Scale Events. Marian Dörk, Daniel Gruen, Carey Williamson, Sheelagh Carpendale

Optional Readings

  1. Fernanda B. Viegas and Judith S. Donath (1999) Chat circles. Proceeding of the CHI 99 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: the CHI is the limit, pp. 9 - 16.
  2. Rebecca Xiong and Judith Donath (1999) PeopleGarden: Creating data portraits for users. Proceedings of the 12th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, pp. 37 - 44. Judith Donath. A semantic approach to visualizing online conversations. In Communications of the ACM Volume 45, Issue 4 (April 2002).
  3. EMDialog: Bringing Information Visualization into the Museum. Uta Hinrichs, Holly Schmidt, Sheelagh Carpendale

Week 10 (Nov 12, 2012) (readings days)

Readings Assigned: Linguistic Vis

  1. Susan Havre, Beth Hetzler and Lucy Nowell. ThemeRiver: Visualizing Theme changes over Time. In the proceedings of the IEEE symposium of Information Visualization, InfoVis’00. Pages 115-123.
  2. Martin Wattenberg, Fernanda B. Viégas: The Word Tree, an Interactive Visual Concordance. IEEE Trans. Vis. Comput. Graph. 14(6): 1221-1228 (2008)
  3. Marti A. Hearst: TileBars: Visualization of Term Distribution Information in Full Text Information Access. CHI 1995: 59-66

Optional Readings

  1. Visual Readability Analysis: How to Make Your Writings Easier to Read. Daniela Oelke, David Spretke, Andreas Stoffel, Daniel A. Keim
  2. Collins, Christopher; Carpendale, Sheelagh; and Penn, Gerald. DocuBurst: Visualizing Document Content using Language Structure. Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of Eurographics/IEEE-VGTC Symposium on Visualization (EuroVis '09)), 28(3): pp. 1039-1046, June, 2009. Available in PDF.
  3. James A. Wise and James J. Thomas and Kelly Pennock and David Lantrip and Marc Pottier and Anne Schur and Vern Crow. Visualizing the Non-Visual: Spatial Analysis and Interaction with Information from Text Documents. Proc. IEEE Symp. Information Visualization, InfoVis, pp. 51-58, IEEE Computer Soc. Press, 30-31, October 1995. (in text pages 442-450)
  4. Brad Paley. TextArc: An alternate way to view a text. and in InfoVis’02 Poster compendium:
  5. Parallel Tag Clouds to Explore and Analyze Faceted Text Corpora Christopher Collins, Fernanda B. Viégas, Martin Wattenberg
  6. Participatory Visualization with Wordle Fernanda B. Viégas, Martin Wattenberg, Jonathan Feinberg
  7. Document Cards: A Top Trumps Visualization for Documents Hendrik Strobelt, Daniela Oelke, Christian Rohrdantz, Andreas Stoffel, Daniel A. Keim, Oliver Deussen
  8. Visualizing the Intellectual Structure with Paper-Reference Matrices Jian Zhang, Chaomei Chen, Jiexun Li
  9. Exemplar-based Visualization of Large Document Corpus Yanhua Chen, Lijun Wang, Ming Dong, Jing Hua
  10. Mapping Text with Phrase Nets. Frank van Ham, Martin Wattenberg, Fernanda B. Viégas

Week 11 (Nov 19, 2012)

Discussion of week 10 Readings

Readings Assigned:

  1. Alfred Inselberg. Multidimensional detective. In the proceedings of the IEEE symposium of Information Visualization, InfoVis’97 pages 100-107. (in text pages 107-114) Inselberg1997.pdf
  2. Matt Williams, Tamara Munzner. Steerable, Progressive Multidimensional Scaling. In the proceedings of the IEEE symposium of Information Visualization, InfoVis’04 (2004) Williams2004.pdf
  3. Polaris: A System for Query, Analysis and Visualization of Multi-dimensional Relational Databases. Chris Stolte, Diane Tang and Pat Hanrahan, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2002. Stolte2001.pdf

Optional Readings

  1. Rethinking Map Legends with Visualization. Jason Dykes, Jo Wood, Aidan Slingsby
  2. Geographically weighted visualization - interactive graphics for scale-varying exploratory analysis . Chris Brunsdon, Jason Dykes
  3. Interactive visual exploration of a large spatio-temporal data set: reflections on a geovisualization mashup. Jo Wood, Jason Dykes, Aidan Slingsby, Keith Clarke
  4. Necklace Maps. Bettina Speckmann, Kevin Verbeek
  5. Geo-Historical Context Support for Information Foraging and Sensemaking: Conceptual Model, Implementation, and Assessment. Brian Tomaszewski, Alan M. MacEachren
  6. Configuring Hierarchical Layouts to Address Research Questions. Aidan Slingsby, Jason Dykes, Jo Wood
  7. Visualizing the History of Living Spaces. Yuri A Ivanov, Christopher R. Wren, Alexander Sorokin, Ishwinder Kaur
  8. Legible Cities: Focus-Dependent Multi-Resolution Visualization of Urban Relationships. Remco Chang, Ginette Wessel, Robert Kosara, Eric Sauda, William Ribarsky
  9. Hotmap: Looking at Geographic Attention. Danyel Fisher
  10. GeoTime Information Visualization. Thomas Kapler, William Wright (Oculus Info Inc.)

Week 12 (Nov 26, 2012)

Discussion of Week 11 Readings

Readings Assigned:

  1. Heidi Lam, Enrico Bertini, Petra Isenberg, Catherine Plaisant and Sheelagh Carpendale. Empirical Studies in Information Visualization: Seven Scenarios. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2012. Appeared online: 30 Nov. 2011.
  2. S. Carpendale. (2008). Evaluating Information Visualizations. In A. Kerren, J.T. Stasko, J-D. Fekete, C. North (Eds.), Information Visualization – Human-Centered Issues and Perspectives. Vol. 4950 of LNCS State-of-the-Art Survey, pp. 19-45, Springer.
  3. Tamara Munzner. (2009) A Nested Model for Visualization Design and Validation. TVCG

Readings Optional:

  1. Lars Grammel, Melanie Tory, Margaret-Anne Storey. (2010) How Information Visualization Novices Construct Visualizations. TVCG
  2. Hadley Wickham, Dianne Cook, Heike Hofmann, Andreas Buja. (2010) Graphical Inference for Infovis. TVCG
  3. The challenge of information visualization evaluation Catherine Plaisant Proc. Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI) 2004 [Archived version] .
  4. Purvi Saraiya, Chris North, Vy Lam, Karen Duca, "An Insight-based Longitudinal Study of Visual Analytics", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 12(6): 1511-1522, November 2006. [pdf]

Week 13 (Dec. 3, 2012)

Discussion of Week 12 Readings