CS 795/895 - Information Visualization
Fall 2011: Thurs 9:30am-12:15pm, E&CS 2120

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Tableau's data visualization software is provided through the Tableau for Teaching program.

Assigned Readings

The dates listed are when the readings will be discussed in class (by you!).

Dec 8, 2011

Big Data

J. Yang, A. Patro, S. Huang, N. Mehta, M. O. Ward, E. A. Rundensteiner, Value and Relation Display for Interactive Exploration of High Dimensional Datasets, Proceedings of IEEE InfoVis, 2004, pp. 73-80


Catherine Plaisant. The challenge of information visualization evaluation, Proceedings of the working conference on Advanced visual interfaces (AVI), 2004, pp. 109-116.

Dec 1, 2011

Time Series

W. Aigner, A. Bertone, S. Miksch, C. Tominski, H. Schumann, Towards a conceptual framework for visual analytics of time and time-oriented data, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, pp.721-729, Dec. 2007, doi: 10.1109/WSC.2007.4419666


E. Adar, M. Dontcheva, J. Fogerty, D. Weld, Zoetrope: Interacting with the Ephemeral Web, Proceedings of UIST, 2008.

Nov 17, 2011

Text and Documents

Martin Wattenberg, Fernanda Viegas, The Word Tree, an Interactive Visual Concordance, IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 14, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2008, pp. 1245-1252. (InfoVis 2008)

Daniel A. Keim, Daneila Oelke, Literature Fingerprinting: A New Method for Visual Literary Analysis, Proceedings of IEEE VAST 2007, Sacramento, CA, Oct. 2007, pp. 115-122.

Nov 10, 2011

Graphs and Networks

A. Perer, B. Shneiderman, Balancing Systematic and Flexible Exploration of Social Networks, IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 12, No. 5, Sep.-Oct. 2006, pp. 693-700.

David Selassie, Brandon Heller, and Jeffrey Heer, Divided Edge Bundling for Directional Network Data, IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 17, No. 12, Dec 2011, pp. 2354-2363 (InfoVis 2011) -- just skim

Nov 3, 2011

Hierarchies and Trees

Stuart Card and David Nation, Degree-of-Interest Trees: A Component of an Attention-Reactive User Interface, Proceedings of AVI, Trento, Italy, May 2002, pp. 231-245.

Brian Johnson and Ben Shneiderman, Tree-maps: A Space Filling Approach to the Visualization of Hierarchical Information Structures, Proceedings of the IEEE Visualization, Oct. 1991, San Diego, CA, pp. 284-291.

Oct 20, 2011

Tufte's Design Principles

Note: These readings are not necessarily about Tufte's design principles, but are regarding Tufte's claims against the Morton Thiokol Engineers in their role in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

If you aren't familiar with the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, take a look at Wikipedia's page first.

  • Robinson, Boisjoy, Hoeker, and Young, "Representation and Misrepresentation: Tufte and the Morton Thiokol Engineers on the Challenger", Science and Engineering Ethics, 2002, http://people.rit.edu/wlrgsh/FINRobison.pdf

The following two blog posts are regarding the Robinson et al. paper:

Oct 13, 2011

Systems and Toolkits

F. Viegas, M. Wattenberg, F. van Ham, J. Kriss, and M. McKeon, ManyEyes: A Site for Visualization at Internet Scale, IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 13, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2007, pp. 1121-1128.

Oct 6, 2011


E. Segel and J. Heer, Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data, IEEE Trans. on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 16, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2010, pp. 1139-1148.

Matthias Shapiro, Once Upon a Stacked Time Series: The Importance of Storytelling in Information Visualization, Ch 2, Beautiful Visualization.

Sep 29, 2011


Ji Soo Yi, Youn ah Kang, John T. Stasko and Julie A. Jacko, Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Role of Interaction in Information Visualization, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 13, No. 6, November/December 2007, pp. 1224-1231.

Sep 22, 2011

Multivariate Visual Representations

Alfred Inselberg, Multidimensional Detective, Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization '97, Phoenix, 1997, pp. 100-107.

Overview+Detail and Context+Focus

A. Cockburn, A. Karlson, and B. Bederson, "A Review of Overview+Detail, Zooming, and Focus+Context Interfaces", ACM Computing Surveys, Vol. 41, No. 1, Dec. 2008, pp. 2:1-2:31.

Sep 15, 2011

Cognitive Issues and User Tasks

Robert Amar and John Stasko, Knowledge Precepts for Design and Evaluation of Information Visualizations, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 11, No. 4, July/August 2005, pp. 432-442.

Sep 8, 2011

Table and Graph Design


Supplemental (Not Required)

Sep 1, 2011

What is InfoVis?