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CS795-F11: Semester Project

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Report Due: Fri, Dec 9, 2011 by 11:59pm
Presentation/Demo: Tue, Dec 13, 2011 during exam time


The idea of the project is to take the knowledge and background that you are learning this semester about Information Visualization and put it to good use in a new, creative effort.

A real key to the project, however, is to select a data set that people will find interesting and intriguing. Even better would be to select a data set with a clearly identified set of "users" or "analysts" who care deeply about that data. Select a topic that people want to know more about! I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of your topic and data set. Think about the suite of data visualizations that the NY Times has created over the past few years:

No matter what topic you choose, I am expecting a high-quality project. In particular, I'm seeking creative projects showcasing interesting ideas. A good project should consist of visualization designs and a software artifact that implements the designs. Interaction is key in information visualization, and it is difficult to understand the interaction issues in your project without a running system. I am explicitly not expecting user testing and evaluation. Ideally, I would like your efforts to be innovative and to result in some form of potential publication.

You are free to choose any software development environment and graphics/visualization support library that you want. Consider building a system that is web-deployable so that your system can be shown to everyone in the world!


Students should work on a project in teams of 2 or 3 people. (Arguments will be entertained for a single person project.) Expectations will be adjusted according to group size.

Important Milestones



See Process and Pitfalls in Writing Information Visualization Research Papers by Tamara Munzner


I will evaluate the overall quality of your project, including all milestones and components. The following questions will be important during that evaluation process:

Based on project guidelines from John Stasko, Georgia Tech

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