05. – 08. März 2006, GI-Dagstuhl-Seminar 06102

Human-Centered Visualization Environments


Achim Ebert (TU Kaiserslautern, DE)
Andreas Kerren (Linnaeus University – Växjö, SE)
Jörg Meyer (University of California – Irvine, US)

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Information Visualization (InfoVis) is in the focus of many computer science researchers. This kind of visualization combines several aspects of different research areas, such as Scientific Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, Data Mining, Information Design, Graph Drawing, or Computer Graphics. In contrast to Scientific Visualization, it focuses on the visualization of abstract information, i.e., there is no possibility to map this information into the physical world in most cases.

Mostly, researchers try to find the best visual representation of the given information. That is the core problem of each visualization but sometimes the seemingly best representation does not suffice if the human information processing and the human capability of information reception are not adequately taken into account. Additionally, these aspects depend on the data to be visualized and on the user's background. During the development process of Human-Centered Visualization Environments, users as well as tasks/functions of the visualization tool should play the same decisive role as the visual representation (e.g., 2D versus 3D). Human-Centered Visualization is one of the large challenges of Information Visualization, Software Visualization, and many application areas such as the visualization of biological/biochemical or geographical information.

In this context, new developments in the areas of graphical input/output devices and interaction techniques are becoming more and more important. For example, visualizations on mobile devices or complex 3D-displays (Cave or Powerwall) offer new possiblities, but introduce also new problems that have to be analyzed.

Aim of this Seminar

There are several aims of this seminar. On the one hand, the scientific fundamentals of the topic should be elaborated and the participants should be sensitized for difficulties that occur during practical application. On the other hand, all participants get to know each other; they can identify common research interests as well as urgent needs for research in special subareas of the seminar topic. This could be a promising base for future cooperations.


Human-Centered Visualization Environments (Springer, LNCS 4417).

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