Instructor: Alex Endert
Fall 2014
Mon,Wed 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Klaus 2456

Information visualization is a research area that focuses on the use of visualization techniques to help people understand and analyze data. While fields such as scientific visualization involve the presentation of data that has some physical or geometric correspondence, information visualization focuses on abstract data without such correspondences such as symbolic, tabular, networked, hierarchical, or textual information sources.
The objectives of the course are
  • Learn the principles involved in information visualization
  • Learn about the variety of existing techniques and systems in information visualization
  • Develop skills in critiquing and discussing different visualization techniques as applied to particular tasks
  • Learn how to evaluate visualization systems
  • Gain a background that will aid the design of new, innovative visualizations
  • Develop your own InfoVis system in a semester-long group project

The course will follow a lecture/seminar style with much discussion of assigned readings, as well as viewing of videos and hands-on experience with research and commercial information visualization tools.

We will be reading recent research papers about the different course topics. In addition, we will be using one book for the course:
Now You See It by Stephen Few, Analytics Press 2009. Also highly recommended is Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte, Graphics Press 1990.

Grading will be based on class participation, short homeworks, assignments involving use and analysis of some information visualization tools, and a semester project. The weight of each assignment can be fou
nd on the assignments page.

Students from a variety of disciplines are invited to take the class, but some prior background in human-computer interaction will be helpful. Programming experience is not required but will be useful.

Note: this course is adapted from the material created by John Stasko, and his versions of
CS 7450 previously taught.