Seminar - Dr Petra Isenberg


Physical, Contextual, and Full of Value?

What do novel directions in Visualization teach us about judging the value of visualization?

Tuesday 10th September

12:00 - 13:30

C320 (Tait Building)

Over the last decade or so Petra Isenberg has produced an amazing body of important research on interaction with graphics through an incredible range of devices - tables, walls, watches and physical artefacts. She’s a superb researcher, full of new ideas and science that helps us understand them. She’s visiting us very soon!

Her research seminar at City will build on the keynote she gave at BioVis in Basel this summer at the ISMB (International Society for Computational Biology) meeting.

All are welcome!

ABSTRACT: Judging the value of visualizations is an important task in many situations and research has already derived several methodologies and theoretical frameworks for judging the success of visualizations.

Previous discussions have focused largely on assessing value of visualizations based on objective measures such as effectiveness and efficiency of knowledge or insight gained or task completion more broadly. In this talk Petra will discuss where in visualization traditional measures of success or value are less useful. In particular, she will discuss the problem of judging value for data physicalizations and how focusing on traditional "values of visualizations" may actually devalue work in this area that has shown obvious merit.

Petra will use the talk to argue for a more holistic approach for defining the success or "value" of visualization.

BIO: Petra Isenberg is a research scientist (CR) at Inria, Saclay, France in the renowned Aviz research group. Prior to joining Inria, she received her PhD from the University of Calgary in 2010 working with Sheelagh Carpendale on collaborative information visualization. Petra also holds a Diplom-engineer degree in Computational Visualistics from the University of Magdeburg.

Her main research areas are information visualization and visual analytics with a focus on off-desktop data analysis, interaction, and evaluation. She is particularly interested in exploring how people can most effectively work together when analyzing large and complex data sets on novel display technology such as small touch-screens, wall displays, or tabletops.

Petra is associate editor-in-chief at IEEE CG&A, associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics and has served on many organizing committee roles at IEEE VIS including as papers co-chair for Information Visualization (InfoVis) this year and last. She has been the co-chair of the biennial Beliv workshop since 2012 and frequently publishes at ACM CHI and IEEE VIS, occasionally with giCentre colleagues.

Dr. Cagatay Turkay - EuroVis Young Researcher 2019

Cagatay receives the award from Prof. Min Chen of the Oxford e-Research Centre - University of Oxford.

Cagatay receives the award from Prof. Min Chen of the Oxford e-Research Centre - University of Oxford.

We're delighted and excited to congratulate Dr. Cagatay Turkay.

He was named as EuroVis Young Researcher 2019 at EuroVis in Porto.

The award recognises the outstanding scientific contributions Cagatay has made to the European Visualization community over the last 5 years. EuroVis is the primary conference and organization for visualization research in Europe.

The award acknowledges the series of outstanding contributions Cagatay has made to Visual Data Science. These have been established through visualisations, interactions, and computational methods that enable an effective combination of human and machine capabilities to facilitate data-intensive problem solving.

The committee particularly recognised Cagatay’s highly innovative and influential contributions in the visual analysis of high-dimensional data that are helping the community explore, develop and assess the roles and potential for Visual Data Science.

He was awarded a very heavy and sharp looking glass trophy that didn't;t seem particularly hand-luggage friendly.