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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]

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]


11/21/2015 [talk]:

Opening Keynote at d3.unconf in San Francisco

Tamara Munzner gave the Opening Keynote at the D3 Unconference, a one-day gathering of data visualization practitioners in San Francisco, CA.

[talk video][slides]

11/13/2015 [podcast]:

Data Stories #63: w/ Robert Kosara and Johanna Fulda

Enrico Bertini recaps the IEEE VIS'15 conference with Robert Kosara and UBC InfoVis alum Johanna Fulda in the bi-weekly podcast on data visualization.


10/27/2015 [award]:

Tamara Munzner receives 2015 Visualization Technical Achievement Award

The award is given in recognition of her foundational research that has 'produced a scientific basis for principles and design choices for visualization', which culminated in her 2014 book Visualization Analysis and Design from CRC Press.

[Awards site][Acceptance Talk][Department News][The Ubyssey]

8/26/2015 [reddit AMA]:

Data is Beautiful Ask Me Anything

/r/DataIsBeautiful hosted Tamara Munzner for an AMA on Wednesday, August 26.

[AMA direct link]

8/07/2015 [poster]:

SEQIT: Visualizing Sequences of Interest in Eye Tracking Data

by Mike Wu and Tamara Munzner was accepted to IEEE InfoVis 2015. Mike presented this poster at the IEEE VIS Conference in Chicago between October 27th and 30th, 2015.

[pre-print PDF]

8/01/2015 [paper]:

Matches, Mismatches, and Methods: Multiple-View Workflows for Energy Portfolio Analysis

by Matthew Brehmer, Jocelyn Ng, Kevin Tate, and Tamara Munzner was accepted to IEEE InfoVis 2015. Matthew presented this paper in the Design Studies and Methodology session of IEEE InfoVis in Chicago on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015.

[pre-print PDF]

8/01/2015 [paper]:

TimeLineCurator: Interactive Authoring of Visual Timelines from Unstructured Text

by Johanna Fulda, Matthew Brehmer, and Tamara Munzner was accepted to IEEE VAST (TVCG track) 2015. Johanna presented this paper in the Visual Analytics of Textual Data (II) session of IEEE VAST in Chicago on Friday, October 30th, 2015.

[pre-print PDF]

6/8/2015 [master class]:

Data Visualization Masterclass

Tamara Munzner taught a Data Visualization Masterclass along with Gaël McGill, Sean O'Donoghue, Julian Heinrich, and Christian Stolte on June 8th at the University of Sydney. This event was part of the Vivid Sydney Light, Music, and Ideas festival.

[slides] [interview w/ Tamara] [interview w/ Gaël]

5/28/2015 [paper]:

Detangler: Visual Analytics for Multiplex Networks

by Benjamin Renoust (National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo), Guy Melançon (Université de Bordeaux), and Tamara Munzner was presented by Benjamin at EuroVis 2015 on May 28 in Cagliari, Italy.

[pre-print pdf]

2/23/2015 [software]:


We released a browser-based visualization tool for curating timelines generated from freeform text. Try it out and let us know what you think!

[web application]

2/19-20/2015 [talk]:

Book tour talks: Tableau, Microsoft Research, giCentre

Tamara Munzner spoke on Visualization Analysis and Design at Tableau Software 2/20, and Microsoft Research 2/19. Her seminar at City University London's giCentre was on Feb 3.



12/22/2014 [podcast]:

Data Stories #44: w/ Tamara Munzner

Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner interview Tamara Munzner in their bi-weekly podcast on data visualization.


11/12/2014 [book launch]:

Fourth Annual West Coast Party at VIS14 (+ book launch)

Hosted by UBC, University of Washington, Trifacta, and CRC Press.

This year’s party served as the launch and book signing for Tamara’s new book Visualization Analysis and Design. It’s the the first book in the AK Peters Visualization Series (CRC Press).

[order (CRC)] [order (amazon)]

Last modified: May 3 2016 by Matt Brehmer