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11/2017 [panel]:

Data Visualization as a Driver for Visual Cognition Research

Tamara Munzner participated in the interdisciplinary research panel discussion Discover Pasteur's Quadrant: Four research communities that will inspire your work at OPAM 2017

The panel was organized by Vis X Vision to inspire cross-disciplinary perspectives for innovative, applicable, and fundable research at the intersection of visualization and vision science!

[slides] [visxvision]

10/2017 [panel]:

Reflection on Reflection in Design Studies

This year at IEEE VIS 17, Tamara Munzner speaks at the panel Reflection on Reflection in Design Studies, Oct 5 @ 4:15 PM.
Other speakers on the panel are Jason Dykes, Miriah Meyer, Heidi Lam, Nathalie Henry Riche, Remco Chang, and Petra Isenberg.

[preview video]

9/2017 [farewell]:

Farewell to Dylan!

Congratulations to Dylan Dong on earning your Masters degree. We wish you all the best in your new job at The Sky Guys in Toronto.

8/2017 [Paper, Honorable Mention]:

Bridging From Goals to Tasks with Design Study Analysis Reports

by Heidi Lam, Melanie Tory, and Tamara Munzner was awarded a Best Paper Honorable Mention at InfoVis 2017, and will be published in the special issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). It will be presented at VIS 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

[pre-print PDF]

8/2017 [welcome]:

Welcome to Michael!

Michael Oppermann joins the UBC Infovis group as a new PhD student. He previously earned a Dipl-Ing at the University of Vienna VDA group with Michael Sedlmair and Torsten Möller.


12/2016 [farewell]:

Farewell to Georges!

Many members of the infovis reading group at a farewell dinner for visiting graduate student Georges Hattab, who returns to Bielefeld.

10/23-28 2016 [VIS 2016]:

UBC InfoVis @ IEEE VIS 2016

At BELIV 2016, Ana Crisan presents a paper On Regulatory and Organizational Constraints in Visualization Design and Evaluation and Tamara Munzner speaks at the panel On the Future of Evaluation and BELIV. Tamara also speaks on the VIS panel Pathways for Theoretical Advances in Visualization, and offers her tutorial on Visualization Analysis and Design. We're co-hosting the 6th annual West Coast Party.

10/2016 [paper]:

Timelines Revisited: A Design Space and Considerations for Expressive Storytelling

by Matthew Brehmer, Bongshin Lee, Benjamin Bach, Nathalie Henry Riche, and Tamara Munzner was accepted to IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). Matthew will present this paper at VIS 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

[pre-print PDF] [IEEE DL Link]

10/2016 [talk]:

Computation + Journalism 2016 Keynote

Tamara Munzner's keynote talk, Visualization and Journalism: Four Vignettes, at Computation + Journalism, Sep 30 - Oct 1 2016 at Stanford.


06/2016 [talks]:

Information+ Keynote, Lightning Talks

Tamara Munzner gave a keynote talk entitled Visualization Analysis and Design at Information+, June 16 - 18, 2016 in Vancouver BC, Canada.

Also at Information+, recent group alum Johanna Fulda gave a lightning talk entitled What’s up with Data Journalism in Canada? and visiting PhD student Georges Hattab gave a lightning talk on A Mnemonic Card Game for your Amino Acids, which also appeared in the Information+ Exhibition at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

[conference website + registration details]

05/2016 [poster]:


PaperQuest: A Visualization Tool to Support Literature Review, a poster by Antoine Ponsard, Francisco "Pax" Escalona, and Tamara Munzner was accepted at ACM CHI 2016, May 7 - 12, 2016, in San Jose CA, USA.

[PaperQuest CHI Extended Abstract][PaperQuest prototype]

04/2016 [talk]:

IEEE PacificVis 2016 Keynote

Tamara Munzner gave a keynote talk entitled Visualization Analysis and Design at IEEE PacificVis 2016, April 19 - 22, 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan.

[conference website][slides]

03/2016 [thesis]:

Why Visualization? Task Abstraction for Analysis and Design

Matthew Brehmer successfully defended his PhD dissertation.

[thesis website]

02/2016 [seminar]:

Dagstuhl Seminar #16061: Data-Driven Storytelling

Matthew Brehmer attended a Dagstuhl seminar on Data-Driven Storytelling between February 7th and 12th along with a great group of researchers, designers, and journalists. A book on data-driven storytelling, written collaboratively by the seminar participants, is forthcoming.

[seminar homepage]

02/16/2016 [podcast]:

PolicyViz #32: Teaching Data Visualization

Jon Schwabish talks with Tamara Munzner, Marti Hearst (University of California, Berkeley), Eytan Adar (University of Michigan), and Robert Kosara (Tableau Software) about best practices, ideas, experiences, and different approaches to teaching data visualization.


02/05/2016 [new course]:

Information Visualization for Journalists

Students at the UBC School of Journalism gained hands-on experience of data visualization in a new elective offered for the first time this year by Tamara Munzner. In this course, students developed fundamental data visualization concepts and skills, including wrangling, interpreting and presenting data in a journalistic context.

[Course Site][UBC Graduate School of Journalism News]

Last modified: May 3 2016 by Matt Brehmer