Infosthetics summary of VisWeek 2009

October 29, 2009

In the famous infosthetic website you can find a summary of the major and most interesting happenings and talks at the VisWeek conference. It’s very well done and provides several useful links:

I was very glad to see that my talk has been mentioned there (toward the end); despite being probably unusual for the American infovis community (typically very technical), it seems that the results are thought provoking…

…stay tuned for more investigation on the topic!

InfoVis conference 2009 in Atlantic City

October 26, 2009

This year I had the pleasure to be accepted as a presenter at the InfoVis conference, part of the VisWeek, a IEEE conference, held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I was pleased to take part to a conference with high quality papers and impeccable organization. The panels and workshops were also very good!

There was a particularly interesting workshop on Collaborative Visualization, organized by Petra Isenberg. It was mainly focus on co-located collaborative information visualization, considering the issues of multi-users interacting at the same time on shared surfaces, such as touch screens and walls (single touch and multi-touch). From my point of view the workshop was very interesting because it has addressed not only technical issues, but also the social side involved in collaboration. Secondly, it helped to spread the interest in collaborative visualization, a topic I’m very interested in, but is thus far not been explored much. The large attendance at the workshop (I suppose around 100 people, from my personal headcount) reassured and motivated me that there is rising interest in the topic.

The conference altogether was very technical, I think I have presented one of the very few papers that didn’t have an algorithm! In my talk I presented the results of my experiment on collaborative knowledge visualization (pdf, presentation, video)

However some of the workshops and panels were much more open to non-technical issues related to Info Vis.
I found very interesting also the panel on Changing the World with Visualization, where it was discussed how to diffuse the research findings to the world, such as in business, industries, education, media, etc.

Next year the conference will be in Salt Lake City, Utha (submission deadline: march 2010).

University of St. Gallen

October 24, 2009

This week I visited the prestigious University of St. Gallen, in north-est Switzerland. I’ve been invited for a guest lecture about knowledge visualization, in Prof. Eppler’s course of Business visualization.
No, I didn’t post the wrong picture… I took it from the class where I was teaching! The cows had pretty noisy bells that we could here during the class 🙂
The city of St. Gallen is very pretty, small and elegant. The university is right near the center and develops all the way to the top of the hill (where we had class).

Motivation – InfoVis conference

October 18, 2009

Last week I was at the InfoVis conference and attended a workshop on Putting Visualization on the Web, which gave me the final motivation to start my research-related blog (after having a private one for some years)… and here I am, getting started!

I’ve been thinking about it for some time, but I was in doubt of having anything interesting to say. However both at the workshop and at the Changing the World with Visualization Panel, it was pointed out how we need to bring visualization to the real world, to show the benefits of visualization, and Internet can help!

I’ll be blogging about my research on knowledge visualization, and in particular on collaborative knowledge visualization and cross-cultural visualization.

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