Thursday, July 7, 2011

Course: Visualization 2.0 -- a new course on web visualization & html5

CSC 591/761 -- Visualization 2.0

The data deluge is here, and will only grow

  • The amount of digital information increases tenfold every five years
  • Much of this information is on the web: annual internet traffic will reach one zettabyte (1G TBs) by 2015
  • With 5 billion mobile phones worldwide, that information can reach us at any time

Succeeding in this data-rich future requires fluency in the visual language of the web, including

  • Basic visual principles drawn from perception and design
  • Decades of visualization technique
  • Good vs. bad visualization
  • The ability to create effective visualizations
  • Web visualization tools, including html5

This course is designed to give you those skills

Instructor: Ben Watson, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Content: An intensive introduction to the design and development of web visualizations. By the course's end, student teams will implement a working, interactive visualization website, using html5 or a similar API. Students in 761 will also write a research paper about their project. Students will learn process, starting with finding and cleaning data, designing and prototyping a visualization, implementing that visualization, and ending with evaluation; principles from both perception and Gestalt psychology; technique, for spatial, geospatial, high dimensional, graph and textual data; interaction, including selection and querying, exploring and walking, zooming and details on demand, as well as linking and brushing; evaluation with both formal and informal experimental designs; tools including html5, ManyEyes, prefuse and Flare, d3, Processing and Google Charts; and research frontiers, including visualization effectiveness, casual visualization, and mobile visualization. RTP experts from companies such as SAS, IBM and Allscripts will visit to provide real world context.

Prerequisites: none, though good programming skills are necessary

Schedule: Fall 2011, MoWe 3:50-5:05p