Visualization and Analytics Seminar

As part of the requirements of qualifying The University of Washington as one of five Regional Visualization and Analytics Centers (RVAC), I designed and coordinated a seminar — inviting people who I had worked with who represented each topic well and were sure to coordinate a strong interactive discussion on the topic.


Mondays 3:30-4:45pm
Speaker Schedule
Reading List

UW Location: LOEW 116

Coordinator: Bruce Donald Campbell
Phone 616-0774
Office: SIEG 212

Hours: MW 9:30-11:30 by appointment

Prerequisites: None


This course will investigate the emergent scientific field of visual analytics. As suggested by the introductory text Illuminating the Path, visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces. To perform visual analytics tasks, analytical tools and techniques must optimally synthesize information and derive insight from massive, dynamic, ambiguous, and often conflicting data. Tools must let investigators detect expected trends as well as discover unexpected trends. In time critical situations, tools must provide timely, defensible, and understandable assessments with an emphasis on suggesting effective action. This seminar will discuss the current visual analytics taxonomy, identify projects active within the research community, and emphasize components supported by guest lecturers, seminal papers, and group discussion.

Spring 2007

Speakers by Date

Mar 26Class Discussion - Visual Analytics Taxonomy Investigation
April 2Bruce Campbell - Information Visualization Research Directions
April 9Brian Fisher - Interaction Science
April 16Donald Parker - Principles of Visual Perception
April 23Phillip Lamb - Visualization and Analysis Potential of Augmented Reality
April 30Onur Mete - Optimization for Emergency Response Support
May 7Suzanne Weghorst - Statistical and Data Analysis Methods
May 14Tom Furness - University of Washington Research Agenda
May 21 Jeffrey Kim, UW Information School - Informatics for Intelligence Analysis and Emergency Response
June 4Seminar Closing Discussion Table and Review Papers Submission


Class Reading List

Illuminating the Path
  • Executive Summary
  • The Science of Analytical Reasoning
  • Visual Representations and Interaction Technologies
  • Data Representations and Transformations
  • Production, Presentation, and Dissemination
  • Moving Research into Practice
  • Appended Recommended Bibliography


  • Visual Analytics Digital Library      
  • Relevant FEMA independent study courses