Best Paper Award for our “Knowledge Visualization for Social Entrepreneurs” paper

July 30, 2013

We are very happy and honored to receive the Best Paper Award of the 17th International Information  Visualization Conference in London for our paper on “Knowledge Visualization for Social Entrepreneurs”!


Abstract of the paper:

“Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field which has the power to change the way we do business and resolve societal challenges. Visualization has not yet been systematically applied to support social entrepreneurs in creating, growing and scaling their ventures. We thus propose a framework for the use of knowledge visualization in the creation and development of social enterprises. We posit that each phase of the social venturing process requires a different knowledge visualization method. These diverse types of (interactive) graphic representations help social entrepreneurs cope with resource constraints and interact with a great variety of stakeholders. In this contribution we thus show that knowledge visualization can provide versatile and inexpensive ways to augment social entrepreneurs’ activities systematically.”

Keywords- social entrepreneurship; social visualization; social busines; framework; process; visual mapping; knowledge visualization.

Ambiguous Visual road sign

May 5, 2013

No deers allowed in the museums

I’m quite puzzled by this sign. What does it mean?

Please post your answer!


Visualization & Intercultural Communication @ MIC

April 23, 2013

This is the presentation for the MIC, Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication of the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The topic of the course is Linguistics and Semiotics, and my module is on Visualization & Intercultural Communication:


Visualizing migration and diversity data

February 2, 2013

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity is developing very interesting interactive visualizations to show migration patterns and other diversity related data.

They show global migration flows with innovative interactive visual techniques, which are dynamic – showing changes over time. It is also possible to compare two countries and analyze the gender breakdown. Visualizing data with these innovative visual perspectives provides impressive insights! Policy makes and politicians should look more often at the data, and so they will find the “diversification of diversity”. Data are provided by the World bank, United Nations and other global institutions.

You can experience their interactive software online and and make interesting discoveries. For instance in Switzerland one of the biggest immigration groups are Portuguese. Also the balance between immigration and emigration to/from Switzerland is not unsurprising. In Italy the largest group of immigrants are from Morocco, followed by Albanians.



Yet I think a white background could improve readability.

The Value of Visualization

November 18, 2012

A nice article on what are infographics and why they are useful can be found here, and here’s a short video on the valueo of visualization by Column Five:

Thank you Martin for the hint

Visualization at IBM Research

October 1, 2012

The IT giant IBM has a Research center in Zurich, with over 3000 employees working on very exciting topics, from nanotechnology to information analytics. We just had the opportunity to visit the center and listen to a full day of presentations. We also had the opportunity to see technologies demos of augmented reality for retail, infovis for music and even Watson!

The visualizations: information visualization for searching music and movies.

IADIS – ICT, Society, and Human Beings 2011

July 23, 2011

I just arrived at the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, taking place in Rome. Tomorrow morning I’ll be presenting my paper “Augmenting Communication with Visualization: Effects on Emotional and Cognitive Response” at 11:00. If you’re interested, here’s the prezi presentation.

IV conference

May 16, 2011

We are on the cover of the International Conference of Information Visualization 2011! My picture is right in the middle of the program booklet 🙂

The presentation of our paper “The Effectiveness of Knowledge Visualization for Organizational Communication in Europe and India” will take place Thursday 14th at 15:30 at the SOAS – The Brunei Gallery, London.

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