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Univ of Md: CMSC 838S Information Visualization – Syllabus (Jan 25, 2007) – Prof. Ben Shneiderman

Date Topics, Papers/Readings, Demos and Assignments Due
25-Jan, 30-Jan Topic: Introduction, definitions, scope, Comparison with SciViz
  • 7 types (1-, 2-, 3-, multi-dimensional, temporal, tree, and network data)
  • 7 tasks (overview, zoom, filter, details-on-demand, relate, history, and extract)
  • Direct manipulation (visual representation of the objects and actions of interest and rapid, incremental, and reversible operations)
  • Dynamic queries (HomeFinder, Dynamap, Spotfire)
  • Visual Info Seeking mantra: Overview First, Zoom and Filter, then Details-on-Demand
  • Evaluation methods (controlled experiments, observations, case studies)

Readings: Illuminating the Path: The Research and Development Agenda for Visual Analytics Concentrate on Chapter 2, 3, and 4.

  1. Grand Challenges (500K PDF)
  2. The Science of Analytical Reasoning (1.9MB PDF)
  3. Visual Representations and Interaction Technologies (4.6MB PDF)
  4. Data Representations and Transformations (560K PDF)
  5. Production, Presentation, and Dissemination (4.3MB PDF)
  6. Moving Research into Practice (848K PDF)
  7. Positioning for Enduring Success (108K PDF)

Other sources: Chapter 14 DTUI & First chapter of Readings in Info Visualization book

01-Feb Topic: Show example of static presentation tools using repository data or your own

Assignment Due: Homework Number 1

06-Feb Topic: Multidimensional, multivariate and geo-spatial data, Scatterplot matrices, Parallel Coordinates

1) MacEachren, A., Dai, X., Hardisty, F., Guo, D., and Lengerich, G. Exploring high-D spaces with multiform matrices and small multiples. Proc. IEEE Symp. Info Visualization (2003), 31–38. Slides

08-Feb Topic: Multidimensional and multivariate data (HCE), Parallel Coordinates

2) J. Seo and B. Shneiderman. A Rank-by-Feature Framework for Interactive Exploration of Multidimensional Data. Information Visualization, 4, 2 (June 2005), 99-113. (HCIL-2004-31). Slides

Assignment Due: Application Presentations and Web Page Proposal

13-Feb Topic: Temporal data visualization (VizTree)

3) Lin, J., Keogh, E., Lonardi, S., Visualizing and discovering non-trivial patterns in large time series databases, Information Visualization 2005, Vol 4, No 2 Also available for free via ProQuest.
Class presentation of the paper

15-Feb Topic: Temporal data visualization (TimeSearcher)

4) Buono, P., Aris, A., Plaisant, C., Khella, A. and Shneiderman, B., Interactive Pattern Search in Time Series, Proc. Conf. on Visualization and Data Analysis, VDA 2005, SPIE, (2005) 175-186.

Presentation Slides, Printable Slides

Assignment Due: Homework Number 2: Critique Viz4ALL website (positives and suggestions for improvement)

20-Feb Guest Lecture: Dr. Catherine Plaisant

5a) Plaisant, C., Information Visualization and the Challenge of Universal Usability. In Exploring Geovisualization (Eds, J. Dykes, A. MacEachren and M.J. Kraak), Oxford: Elsevier (2005), p. 53-82. (HCIL-2004-36). Slides

5b) Plaisant, C., The Challenge of Information Visualization Evaluation. Proc. of Conf. on Advanced Visual Interfaces AVI’04 (2004), p.109-116 (HCIL-2004-19). (Published version at )

22-Feb Topic: Hierarchical and tree structured data

6) Bederson, B.B., Shneiderman, B., and Wattenberg, M., Ordered and Quantum Treemaps: Making Effective Use of 2D Space to Display Hierarchies. ACM Trans on Graphics (TOG) , 21, (4), October 2002, pp. 833-854 (HCIL-2001-18).Class presentation of the paper

Assignment Due: Proposal for Term Project (email to Dr. Shneiderman

27-Feb Discussion of Term Projects

Assignment Due: Application Presentations and Web Page (Plan for a 6-minute presentation)

01-Mar Assignment Due: Application Presentations and Web Page (Plan for a 6-minute presentation)
06-Mar Topic: Comparison of five tools by insight counts

7) Purvi Saraiya, Chris North, Karen Duca, 2004. An Evaluation of Microarray Visualization Tools for Biological Insight. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). Slides from a good insight–based evaluation paper at InfoVis 2004
Class presentation of the paper

08-Mar Topics: Hyperbolic tree vs Windows Explorer vs Spacetree

8) Plaisant, C., Grosjean, J., and Bederson, B. (April 2002). SpaceTree: Supporting Exploration in Large Node Link Tree, Design Evolution and Empirical Evaluation. IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 2002: 57 -64, Boston, October 2002 (HCIL-2002-05). UMD Research Port Access Presentation Slides

13-Mar Midterm Exam

2007 Midterm 2005 Midterm

15-Mar Topic: Network information visualization

9) Heer, J., Boyd, D., Vizster: visualizing online social networks, IEEE Info Visualization 2005, 32- 39 UMD Research Port Access

Class Presentation

Vizster Demo Video

Prefuse Graphview Demo

20-Mar, 22-Mar Spring Break
27-Mar Topic: Networks

10) Ghoniem, M.; Fekete, J.-D.; Castagliola, P., A Comparison of the Readability of Graphs Using Node-Link and Matrix-Based Representations, IEEE Info Visualization 2004, 17- 24 UMD Research Port Access Class presentation of the paper

29-Mar Guest Lecture: Prof. Ben Bederson. Presentation
03-Apr Topic: Networks

11) Shneiderman, B. and Aris, A., Network Visualization by Semantic Substrates, IEEE Info Visualization 2006 IEEE Xplor. PresentationClass presentation of the paper

05-Apr Topic: 2D vs. 3D

12) Shneiderman, B. (November/December 2003). Why not make interfaces better than 3D reality?. In IEEE-CG&A 2003. Class presentation of the paper

10-Apr Topic: Showing missing values and uncertainty

Materials: Class Presentation by Ben Shneiderman (PPT) Progress Reports on Team Projects

12-Apr Topic: Color Design

13) MacDonald, L. (July/Aug 1999). Using Color Effectively in Computer Graphics. IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications. UMD Research Port Access ColorBrewer — Class presentation (text only)

17-Apr Topic: Training & Learning

14) Plaisant, C. and Shneiderman, B. Show Me! Guidelines for Producing Recorded Demonstrations Proc 2005 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, (VL/HCC'05), 171 - 178.

19-Apr Topic: Scott McCloud's Ten Lessons for Info Vis

Topic: Sonification, haptification & universal usability

24-Apr Topic: User interfaces for marking, selecting and annotating

Topic: Graphics & text; Text and graphics

26-Apr Topic: Training methods for novice users

Topic: Viz4ALL & universal usability

01-May Guest Lecture: Prof. Amitabh Varshney: Bridging Themes from Scientific to Information Visualization.

Lecture Slides

Assignment Due: Term Project Draft — Due on the web by 6pm

03-May Guest Lecture: Prof. Douglas Oard,: Information Visualization in Information Retrieval

Lecture Slides

Modern Information Retrieval, Chapter10. User Interfaces and Visualization

Assignment Due: Term Project Draft Critiques — Sent to Dr. Shneiderman ( and authors by 6pm

08-May Term Project Presentations both days Final version up Monday 11pm
10-May Term Project Presentations both days
Saturday 12-May 8-10am Final Exam Final exam 2006