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Target Seminar: Information Visualization

When:Tu 15-04-2014 15:00 - 16:00
Where:Donald Smitszaal, Donald Smits Center for Information Technology , University of Groningen
Exploring the limits of what you can see in data

Speaker: Jack van Wijk, Professor in visualization at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Eindhoven University of Technology(TU/e)

Date: April 15th, 2014

Time: 15:00 - 16:00

Place: Donald Smitszaal, Donald Smits Center for Information Technology, University of Groningen.

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Information visualization concerns the use of interactive computer graphics to obtain insight in large amounts of abstract data. Typical examples of such abstract data include multivariate datasets (tables), hierarchical datasets or networks. In practice, more often than not, we have to deal with some kind of a combinations of these, adding another layer of complexity. Since information visualization deals with very generic data, its principles and techniques can be used in a wide range of societal, business, technical, and scientific applications.

The visualization group at the Eindhoven University of Technology has been active in the field of information visualization since 1998. In this talk, I will give an overview of the field, using cases and demos from our group as examples. I will focus on the lessons we have learned, the most important one being that inspiration for effective solutions often comes from many directions.

Short bio

Jack van Wijk is a full professor in visualization at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He received his MSc degree in industrial design engineering in 1982 and a PhD degree in computer science in 1986, both from Delft University of Technology. He joined Eindhoven University of Technology in 1998, where he became a full professor of visualization in 2001.

Prof. van Wijk’s main research interests include information visualization, visual analytics, and mathematical visualization. He is a co-founder and VP Scientific Affairs of MagnaView BV. He has been a paper co-chair for IEEE Visualization, IEEE InfoVis, IEEE VAST, IEEE PacificVis and EG/IEEE EuroVis. He has received Technical Achievement Awards from IEEE VGTC and Eurographics.