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.