February 11, 2021 Prerequisites ▪ Note that this is an advanced Master's level course and the following previous knowledge is required ▪ good programming skills ▪ It is not impossible to follow the course without these prerequisites, but in this case you should not complain about the potential additional workload! ▪ Note that the following courses teach principles that are also relevant for this course on Information Visualisation ▪ Gebruikersinterfaces (1019885ANR) ▪ Next Generation User Interfaces (4018166FNR)
February 11, 2021 Course Goals ▪ After attending the course on Information Visuali- sation, the student has solid background knowledge about information visualisation (terminology, principles and issues, visualisation techniques, data representation and presentation). ▪ The student can design, develop and test interactive visualisations. ▪ The student can criticise visualisations.
February 11, 2021 Exercises ▪ The course content is further investigated in the exercise sessions ▪ exercise sessions might also be helpful for the assignment ▪ assistant: Maxim Van de Wynckel - Thursday 16:00–18:00 ▪ Lab Session ▪ one of the exercise sessions is a dedicated lab session where you can work and get feedback on your assignment - Thursday 16:00–18:00 ▪ Additional content might be covered in exercise sessions ▪ strongly recommended to attend all exercise sessions! ▪ exam covers content of lectures and exercises
February 11, 2021 Course Material ▪ All material will be available on Canvas ▪ lecture slides, exercises, research papers, tutorials, ... ▪ Make sure that you are subscribed to the Information Visualisation course on Canvas ▪ https://canvas.vub.be/courses/17989 ▪ Handouts are available on Canvas at least the day before the lecture ▪ Handouts are also available on the WISE website ▪ https://wise.vub.ac.be/course/information-visualisation
February 11, 2021 Assignment ▪ Interactive information visualisation ▪ realisation of an interactive information visualisation for the domain and dataset(s) of your choice - various presentations and report - evaluated based on creativity, design principles and visualisation techniques, evaluation, documentation, presentations, source code, … ▪ Assignment handed out later this week ▪ group project with 3 students per group - send an email with the 3 group members and your team name to Maxim Van de Wynckel by Monday, February 15 (email@example.com) - final presentation (May 20), final report and code (May 23) ▪ assignment counts for 40% for the final grade
February 11, 2021 Exam ▪ Oral exam in English ▪ covers content of lectures and exercises ▪ counts 60% for the overall grade ▪ 5 mins questions about the assignment ▪ 15 mins questions about the course content (no preparation time) ▪ Overall grade = oral exam (60%) + assignment (40%) ▪ assignment is composed out of two grades - overall grade for project where students have some flexibility in distributing the grades (±2 points) (70%) - your contribution/knowledge to the project as checked in oral exam (30%) ▪ note that if either the grade for the oral exam or the grade for the assignment is lower than 8/20, then this automatically becomes the final grade!
February 11, 2021 Gapminder, Hans Rosling ▪ Hans Rosling working with developmental data for over 30 years ▪ Gapminder demonstrated at 2007 TED talk 'The Best Stats You've Ever Seen' ▪ "Let the dataset change your mindset", Rosling 2007 ▪ animated presentation in space and time
February 11, 2021 Australia Bushfires (2020) ▪ Not a satellite image! ▪ 3D visualisation of one month of data by Anthony Hearsey ▪ data collected by Nasa's Fire Information for Re- source Management System ▪ Information visualisation can be misused to deliver the wrong message
February 11, 2021 What is Visualisation (Vis)? ▪ F ▪ Augmentation of human capabilities ▪ A vis idiom is a distinct approach to creating and manipulating visual representations ▪ find best design for a particular task ▪ Resource limitations ▪ computers: computational capacity and scalability ▪ humans: perceptual and cognitive capacity ▪ displays: number of pixels - information density (data-ink ratio) = amount of information vs. unused space Computer-based visualisation systems provide visual representations of datasets designed to help people carry out tasks more effectively. T. Munzner
February 11, 2021 Why Use Visualisation? ▪ Human eyes have "superpowers"! ▪ visual system provides very high-bandwidth channel ▪ Visual reasoning is way faster and more reliable than mental reasoning ▪ perceptual inferences based on spatial location etc. ▪ External representation or "external cognition" ▪ augment human capacity beyond internal cognition and memory ▪ information can be organised by spatial location ▪ Summarise information without loosing details (details on demand)
February 11, 2021 Human in the Loop ▪ Many analysis problems are ill specified ▪ many possible questions to be asked ▪ human-in-the-loop exploration making use of human pattern detection ▪ augment human capabilities rather than replacing the human in the loop ▪ Exploratory analysis for scientific discovery (data analysis) ▪ Visualisation tools for presentation (communication) ▪ presenting existing knowledge
February 11, 2021 Showing Dataset Details ▪ Exploring a dataset to find patterns ▪ not possible if we only see a summary of the dataset ▪ Assessing the validity of a statistical model ▪ does the model fit the data? ▪ Statistical characterisation (descriptive statistics) of a dataset loses information through summarisation ▪ single summary often an oversimplification hiding the true structure of a dataset ▪ e.g. Anscombe's Quartet
February 11, 2021 Interactivity ▪ Interactivity is necessary for vis tools handling complexity ▪ limitations of people and displays make it impossible to show a large dataset at once ▪ change level of details ▪ show different aspects of a dataset ▪ different representations and summaries of data ▪ different presentations of data
February 11, 2021 Difficulties in Design ▪ Main issue is that the vast majority of the possibilities in the design space will be ineffective for any specific usage context ▪ Design might be a poor match with the human perceptual and cognitive system ▪ Design might be a bad match with the intended task ▪ Design alternatives: consider multiple alternatives and choose the best one!
February 11, 2021 References ▪ Visualization Analysis & Design, Tamara Munzner, Taylor & Francis Inc, (Har/Psc edition), November 2014, ISBN-13: 978-1466508910 ▪ Information Visualization: Perception for Design, Colin Ware, Morgan Kaufmann (3rd edition), May 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0123814647 ▪ Envisioning Information, Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press (1st edition) December 1990, ISBN-13: 978-0961392116
February 11, 2021 References ... ▪ Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps, Jacques Bertin, ESRI PR (1st edition), January 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1466508910 ▪ Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction, Kieran Healy, Princeton University Press, January 2019, ISBN-13: 978-0691181622 ▪ The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, Alberto Cairo, New Riders (Pap/Dvdr edition), August 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0321834737
February 11, 2021 References … ▪ Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think, Hans Rosling et al., April 2018, ISBN-13: 978-1119547259 ▪ Mapping 2019-nCoV ▪ https://systems.jhu.edu/research/public-health/ncov/ ▪ Australia Bush Fires ▪ https://www.sbs.com.au/news/how-fake-bushfire-images-and-misleading- maps-of-australia-are-spreading-on-social-media ▪ beautiful news daily ▪ https://informationisbeautiful.net/beautifulnews/
February 11, 2021 References … ▪ Gapminder ▪ https://www.gapminder.org ▪ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usdJgEwMinM ▪ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8t4k0Q8e8Y ▪ B. Shneiderman, Data Visualization’s Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis, 2020 ▪ https://medium.com/nightingale/data-visualizations-breakthrough- moment-in-the-covid-19-crisis-ce46627c7db5 ▪ R. Roels, Y. Baeten and B. Signer, Interactive and Narrative Data Visualisation for Presentation-based Knowledge Transfer, Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS), 739, 2017 ▪ https://beatsigner.com/publications/roels_CCIS2017.pdf