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.



  • This schedule is subject to change and will be updated throughout the semester.
  • Lecture notes and assignments are linked into this schedule. (Lecture notes printing tips)
  • Much of the content of the lecture notes is courtesy/copyright John Stasko (Georgia Tech) with edits copyright Michele Weigle. Please contact Michele Weigle (mweigle at cs.odu.edu) before re-distributing lecture note slides.
  • Topics in italics are tentative and are subject to change.
  • ODU Fall 2011 Academic Calendar, Exam Schedule
Week Date Topic Assigned Reading Assignment
1 Sep 1 Administrivia Δ
What is InfoVis? Δ
Sep 1 Readings
HW1 (Sep 8)
Data Exploration and Analysis
HW1b (Sep 8)
Graph Design IQ Test
2 Sep 8 Table and Graph Design Δ
Visual Perception Δ
Sep 8 Readings HW 1, HW 1b due
HW2 (Sep 15)
Table and Graph Design
3 Sep 15 Cognitive Issues and User Tasks Δ
Multivariate Visual Representations Δ
(slides 1-37)

Tableau webinar (11:30am-12:15pm)

Sep 15 Readings HW 2 due
Semester Project assigned
4 Sep 22 Multivariate Visual Representations
(slides 38-87)
Overview + Detail and Focus + Context Δ
(slides 1-76)
Sep 22 Readings HW3 assigned (Oct 6)
Multivariate Data Analysis with Tableau
5 Sep 29 Overview + Detail and Focus + Context
(slides 77-86)
Interaction Δ
Sep 29 Readings Milestone 1 (topics/teams) due
6 Oct 6 Storytelling Δ Oct 6 Readings HW 3 due (by 11:59pm)
HW4 assigned (Oct 13)
Visualization with Many Eyes
7 Oct 13 Systems and Toolkits Δ Oct 13 Readings HW 4 due
HW5 assigned (Nov 3)
Re-create Existing Vis
8 Oct 20 Design Principles: Tufte and Few Δ
(slides 1-53)

Mid-Term Exam

Oct 20 Readings
9 Oct 27 Design Principles: Tufte and Few
(slides 54-91)
VisWeek 2011 mini-recap
10 Nov 3 Hierarchies and Trees Δ Nov 3 Readings Milestone 2 (progress report) due
11 Nov 10 Graphs and Networks Δ Nov 10 Readings HW 5 due (by 11:59pm)
HW6 assigned (Nov 17)
Exploring Network Visualization
12 Nov 17 Text and Documents Δ Nov 17 Readings HW 6 due
HW7 assigned (Dec 1)
Tag Cloud vs. Wordle
Nov 24 No Class - Thanksgiving Break
13 Dec 1 Time Series Δ
Dec 1 Readings HW 7 due
14 Dec 8 Big Data Δ
Evaluation Δ
Review Δ
Dec 8 Readings Final Report due - Fri, Dec 9 by 11:59pm
Tues, Dec 13
8:30-11:30 am
Final Project Presentations