https://www.dagstuhl.de/10241

June 13 – 18 , 2010, Dagstuhl Seminar 10241

Information Visualization

Organizers

Andreas Kerren (Linnaeus University – Vxj, SE)
Catherine Plaisant (University of Maryland – College Park, US)
John T. Stasko (Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, US)

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Documents

Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings DROPS
List of Participants
Dagstuhl's Impact: Documents available

Summary

Information Visualization (InfoVis) focuses on the use of visualization techniques to help people understand and analyze data. While related fields such as Scientific Visualization involve the presentation of data that has some physical or geometric correspondence, Information Visualization centers on abstract information without such correspondences.

The aim of this seminar was to bring together theoreticians and practitioners from the field with a special focus on the intersection of InfoVis and Human-Computer Interaction. To support discussions that are related to the visualization of real world data, researchers from selected application areas also attended and contributed. During the seminar, working groups on eight different topics were formed and enabled a critical reflection on ongoing research efforts, the state of the field, and key research challenges today.

Information Visualization (InfoVis) is a research area that focuses on the use of visualization techniques to help people understand and analyze data. While related fields such as Scientific Visualization involve the presentation of data that has some physical or geometric correspondence, Information Visualization centers on abstract information without such correspondences, i.e., it is not possibile to map this information into the physical world in most cases. Examples of such abstract data are symbolic, tabular, networked, hierarchical, or textual information sources. The ever increasing amount of data generated or made available every day confirms the urgent need for suitable InfoVis tools. As prerequisite for building a successful visualization, InfoVis combines several aspects of different research areas, such as Computer Graphics, Graph Drawing, Data Mining, Information Design, Cognitive Psychology, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), among many others.

One main goal of this second Dagstuhl Seminar on Information Visualization was to bring together theoreticians and practitioners from the addressed research areas with a special focus on the intersection of InfoVis and Human-Computer Interaction. Many researchers are active in both of these fields, thus the seminar was especially attractive to those people. To support discussions that are related to the visualization of real world data, we also invited researchers from selected application areas, such as Bioinformatics and the GeoSciences.

We would like to thank all participants of the seminar for the lively discussions during the seminar as well as the scientific directorate of Dagstuhl Castle for giving us the possibility of organizing this event. Ilir Jusufi gathered the abstracts for the abstract collection and the talks of all presenters. These talks can be found on the materials site of the seminar. In addition, many attendees agreed to take notes during the breakout sessions. These notes were the basis for writing this executive summary and are also available for download on the Dagstuhl web page of the seminar. Last but not least, the seminar would not have been possible without the great help of the staff of Dagstuhl Castle. We would like to acknowledge all of them and their assistance.

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Classification

  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision
  • Society
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Information Visualization
  • Data Visualization
  • Visualization
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Collaboration
  • Display Technologies

Documentation

In the series Dagstuhl Reports each Dagstuhl Seminar and Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop is documented. The seminar organizers, in cooperation with the collector, prepare a report that includes contributions from the participants' talks together with a summary of the seminar.

 

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Publications

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Dagstuhl's Impact

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