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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.

[slides]

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

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.

[episode]

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]

2015

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.

[episode]

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]:

TimeLineCurator

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.

[slides]

2014

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.

[episode]

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)]

11/09/2014 [tutorial]:

Visualization Analysis and Design

Tamara Munzner presented this tutorial at VIS 2014 on Nov. 9.

[slides]

11/14/2014 [paper]:

Overview: The Design, Adoption, and Analysis of a Visual Document Mining Tool For Investigative Journalists

by Matthew Brehmer, Stephen Ingram, Jonathan Stray (Columbia Journalism School, Associated Press), and Tamara Munzner was presented at IEEE InfoVis 2014, November 9-13 in Paris, France.

Matthew presented this paper in the InfoVis session on Documents, Search & Images on Nov. 14.

[pre-print pdf]

11/10/2014 [workshop paper]:

Visualizing Dimensionally-Reduced Data: Interviews with Analysts and a Characterization of Task Sequences

by Matthew Brehmer, Michael Sedlmair (University of Vienna), Stephen Ingram, and Tamara Munzner was presented at the ACM Workshop on BEyond time and errors: novel evaLuation methods for Information Visualization (BELIV).

Matthew presented this paper in the BELIV session on Rethinking Evaluation Level: Abstracted Task vs In Situ Evaluation on Nov. 10.

[pre-print pdf]

11/10/2014 [workshop paper]:

Pre-Design Empiricism for Information Visualization: Scenarios, Methods, and Challenges

by Matthew Brehmer, Sheelagh Carpendale (University of Calgary), Bongshin Lee (Microsoft Research), and Melanie Tory (University of Victoria) was presented at the ACM Workshop on BEyond time and errors: novel evaLuation methods for Information Visualization (BELIV).

Matthew presented this paper in the BELIV session on Experience Reports on Nov. 10.

[pre-print pdf]

11/08/2014 [doctoral colloquium]:

Visualization Task Abstraction from Multiple Perspectives

Matthew Brehmer participated in the 2014 IEEE VIS Doctoral Colloquium.

Matthew spoke at the DC on Nov. 8 and presented his DC poster on Nov. 12.

[poster pdf]

10/2014 [talk]:

Visualization Fireside Chat: Is Big Data Visualization Possible

Tamara Munzner chatted with Lee Wilkinson and John Stasko, moderated by Eric Kavanagh, in a Google Hangout On Air on Wed Oct 1.

[Google Hangout On Air link]

09/2014 [paper]:

A Search Set Model of Path Tracing in Graphs

by Jessica Dawson, Joanna McGrenere, and Tamara Munzner was accepted to the Journal of Information Visualization.

[pre-print pdf] [sage online]

09/2014 [retreat]:

Photo from retreat rebooting the group post-sabbatical. Welcome to new members Johanna Fulda and Michelle Borkin; welcome back alumna Heidi Lam who will begin new collaborations from within Google; Matt Brehmer continues.

07/2014 [paper]:

Dimensionality Reduction for Documents with Nearest Neighbor Queries

by Stephen Ingram and Tamara Munzner was accepted to the Journal of Neurocomputing's special issue on Visual Analytics using Multidimensional Projections, to appear in 2014.

[pre-print pdf]

05/2014 [workshop]:

Evaluation of Visual Analytics

Matthew Brehmer attended the VACCINE Evaluation of Visual Analytics Workshop on May 20th and 21st at UCSD in La Jolla, USA.

[related BELIV '14 paper]

04/2014 [talk]:

Dimensionality Reduction From Three Angles

Tamara Munzner gave an invited talk at the SIAM Data Mining Workshop on Exploratory Data Analysis on April 26th in Philadelphia, USA.

[pdf slides]

2013

12/2013 [paper]:

The Nested Blocks and Guidelines Model

by Miriah Meyer (University of Utah), Michael Sedlmair (University of Vienna), P. Samuel Quinan (University of Utah), and Tamara Munzner was published online in the Journal of Information Visualization, and will appear in a forthcoming special issue on evaluation (BELIV).

[pdf]

10/2013 [paper]:

Empirical Guidance on Scatterplot and Dimension Reduction Technique Choices

by Michael Sedlmair (University of Vienna), Tamara Munzner, and Melanie Tory (University of Victoria) was presented at IEEE InfoVis 2013 in Atlanta, USA.

[pdf]

10/2013 [paper]:

Variant View: Visualizing Sequence Variants in their Gene Context

by Joel A. Ferstay, Cydney B. Nielsen (British Columbia Cancer Agency), and Tamara Munzner was presented at IEEE InfoVis 2013 in Atlanta, USA.

[pdf]

10/2013 [panel talk]:

Evaluation, When and How

Tamara Munzner participated in the panel discussion How Much Evaluation Is Enough? at IEEE InfoVis 2013 in Atlanta, USA.

[pdf slides]

10/2013 [thesis]:

A Search Set Model of Path Tracing in Graphs

Jessica Dawson presented her MSc thesis.

[pdf]

2012

11/2012 [paper]:

Glint: An MDS Framework for Costly Distance Functions

by Stephen Ingram and Tamara Munzner was presented at SIGRAD 2012 in Växjö, Sweden.

[pdf]

10/2012 [paper]:

Design Study Methodology: Reflections from the Trenches and the Stacks.

by Michael Sedlmair, Miriah Meyer (University of Utah), and Tamara Munzner was presented at IEEE InfoVis 2012 in Seattle, USA.

[pdf]

10/2012 [panel talk]:

Grassroots Reproducability: Just Do It!

Tamara Munzner participated in the panel discussion Reproducible Visualization Research: How Do We Get There? at IEEE InfoVis 2012 in Seattle, USA.

[pdf slides]

10/2012 [workshop paper]:

The Four-Level Nested Model Revisited: Blocks and Guidelines

by Miriah Meyer (University of Utah), Michael Sedlmair, and Tamara Munzner was presented at the ACM Workshop on BEyond time and errors: novel evaLuation methods for Information Visualization (BELIV) in Seattle, USA.

[pdf]

06/2012 [paper, best paper award]:

Vismon: Facilitating Analysis of Trade-Offs, Uncertainty, and Sensitivity In Fisheries Management Decision Making.

by Maryam Booshehrian (Simon Fraser University), Torsten Möller (Simon Fraser University), Randall Peterman (Simon Fraser University), and Tamara Munzner was presented at at EuroVis 2012 in Vienna, Austria, and was awarded the Second Best Paper Award.

06/2012 [paper]:

A Taxonomy of Visual Cluster Separation Factors.

by Michael Sedlmair, Andrada Tatu (University of Konstanz), Tamara Munzner, and Melanie Tory (University of Victoria) was presented at EuroVis 2012 in Vienna, Austria.

[pdf]

2011

01/2011 [paper]:

Applying Information Visualization Principles to Biological Network Displays

by Tamara Munzner was presented at the SPIE-IS&T Human Vision and Electronic Imaging 2011 Conference in San Fransisco, USA.

[pdf]

2011 [paper]:

Reflections on QuestVis: A Visualization System for an Environmental Sustainability Model

by Tamara Munzner, Aaron Barsky, and Matt Williams appeared in Scientific Visualization: Interactions, Features, Metaphors. Dagstuhl Follow-Ups 2.

[pdf]