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Keith Andrews, Austria

What Invited talk
When 2010-06-09
from 13:00 to 14:00
Where Fraunhofer IGD, Joachim-Jungius-Str.11, Room 114
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last modified 2010-11-16 18:24

InfoVis for the Masses

Information visualisation (infovis) techniques have sometimes been slow to diffuse into more widespread public use. Recently, attempts have been made to put powerful information visualisation tools into the hands of a general audience, to democratise infovis. This talk will look at some of these infovis projects aimed at a mass audience. In particular, advances in cloud computing have opened up opportunities to bring information visualisation to the masses in ways previously not possible. Liquid Diagrams are a suite of information visualisation gadgets written in Flex, which visualise live data contained in Google Docs spreadsheets through the Google Visualization API. Users can interactively configure the visualisation and any changes in the online spreadsheet data are reflected immediately in the display. In contrast to other solutions, liquid diagrams gadgets specifically support the printing and export of both vector (SVG) and raster (PNG) graphics versions of the visualisations, allowing users to construct and export high-quality diagrams for inclusion into other works.

Keith Andrews is a tenured associate professor at the Institute for Information Systems and Computer Media (IICM) at Graz University of Technology, in Austria. His research interests include information visualisation, human-computer interaction, and the internet. He has a B.Sc.(Hons) in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of York, England, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Technical Mathematics/Computer Science from Graz University of Technology. Having lead the Harmony (Unix/X11 browser for Hyperwave) and VRwave (VRML browser) projects for several years, he is currently pursuing research in the field of information visualisation. Keith was program co-chair of the IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization in 2001 and 2002, and general chair in 2005. Keith teaches undergraduate level courses on Internet and New Media, Human-Computer Interaction, and User Interface Design, and graduate level courses on Information Visualisation and Information Architecture and Web Usability, as well as various short courses and tutorials at conferences and for companies.

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