CPSC 547: Information Visualization, Sep 2017

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Instructor: Tamara Munzner
First Class: Tue Sep 12 2017
Last Class: Tue Dec 5 2017
Time/Location: Tue 2-5, FSC 2330A
Office Hours: Tue 5-6 in classroom or by appointment in X661 ICICS/CS Bldg (X Wing).
UBC Cal Page: CPSC 547
Canvas Page: 547 Canvas Page

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Short Weekly Syllabus

  Week  

  Date  

  Class  

  1     Sep 12 Intro; Ex: Time Series  
  2     Sep 19 WhyVis, Data, Tasks, DSM; Ex: Abstractions
  3     Sep 26 Validation, Marks & Channels, Rules of Thumb. Ex: Decoding
  4     Oct 3 No Class
  5     Oct 10 Tables, Color, D3
  6     Oct 17 Spatial, Networks, Abyss-Explorer, Geneaology. Pitches
  7     Oct 24 Manipulate, Facet, Paramorama. Guest: Brehmer. Fri Oct 27: Proposal Topics & Groups Finalized
  8     Oct 31 Reduce, Embed, Case Studies Thu Nov 2 5pm: Meetings Cutoff
  9     Nov 7 Present 1, Guest: Franconeri Mon Nov 5: Proposals Due
  10     Nov 14 13 Present 2, Ex: Ballotmaps
  11     Nov 21 Present 3, Peer Project Reviews 1
  12     Nov 28 Present 4, Ex: TBD
  13     Dec 6 Present 5, Peer Project Reviews 2
  14     Dec 12 Final Presentations; Dec 15 Final Papers due


Detailed Syllabus

Syllabus tentative, final changes will be made by previous class (for readings). Readings should be done before the lecture.

Required Reading:

Visualization Analysis and Design, Tamara Munzner (A K Peters Visualization Series, CRC Press, 2014) is the course textbook.

The UBC library has multiple ebook licenses so you can read it for free: library catalog page, EZProxy direct link.

To buy your own copy online, it's currently US$75 new from amazon.com and US$80 from CRC (I'll give out promo code for 20% off in lecture, so it's $64); CD$107 from amazon.ca and CD$112 from chapters.ca. When you buy the hardcover book, you'll get the ebook version for free; you can also buy an ebook-only for less.

All additional readings are research papers available online for free, links posted below.

For digital library access from off-campus, use EZproxy with your CWL login through the UBC library.
EZproxy direct links: IEEE DL, Springer DL, ACM DL, JSTOR


Introduction Tue Sep 12

Required Reading

Slides: pdf, pdf 16up, keynote

Further Reading


Data, Tasks, DSM Tue Sep 19

Required Reading

Slides: pdf, pdf 16up, keynote

In-Class Exercise: Abstraction (source: Bertini)

Further Reading


Validation, Marks & Channels, Rules of Thumb, Artery Viz Tue Sep 26

Required Reading

Slides: Backup for Ch 4/5/6/Artery pdf, pdf 16up, keynote
Slides: Paper types pdf, pdf 16up, keynote

In-Class Exercise: Decoding (source: Bertini)

Further Reading


Tables, Color, D3 Tue Oct 10

Required Reading

Slides: pdf, pdf 16up, keynote

In-Class Exercise: 2Nums, Bars/Radar, Color (source: Pfister/ Lex/ Ortiz; Hearst; Rheingans)

Further Reading

Pointers from Discussion


Spatial Data, Networks, Abyss-Explorer, Geneaology Tue Oct 17

Required Reading

Slides: pdf, pdf 16up, keynote

In-Class: Project Pitches pdf, Pitches pdf 16up

Further Reading


Manipulate, Facet, Paramorama Tue Oct 24

Required Reading

Slides: pdf, pdf 16up, keynote

Guest Lecture: Matt Brehmer on Timelines Revisited, ChartAccent, PacificVis Storytelling Contest, and Tools:

Further Readings


Reduce, Embed, Case Studies, TopoFisheye Views Tue Oct 31

Required Reading

Slides: pdf, pdf 16up, keynote

Example Presentation: Interactive Coordinated Multiple-View Visualization of Biomechanical Motion Data. Daniel F. Keefe, Marcus Ewert, William Ribarsky, Remco Chang. IEEE Trans. Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. Vis 2009), 15(6):1383-1390, 2009.

Further Readings


Presentations 1 Tue Nov 7 Guest Lecture: Steve Franconeri on Visualizations Are Ambiguous Figures (3:30-4:50) Slides: pdf, pdf 16up, keynote


Presentations 2 Tue Nov 14 Exercise: Vis Design / Ballotmaps
Followup reading: BallotMaps: Detecting name bias in alphabetically ordered ballot papers. Wood, J., Badawood, D., Dykes, J. & Slingsby, A. (2011). IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 17(12), pp. 2384-2391.


Presentations 3 Tue Nov 21 Peer Project Reviews 1


Presentations 4 Tue Nov 28 Paper Writing and Research Process


Presentations 5 Tue Dec 6 Peer Project Reviews 2
Final Project Presentations Tue Dec 12, times TBD


Final Papers Due Fri Dec 15 5pm


Previous Versions


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