Instructor: Dr. Penny Rheingans ( rheingan AT cs.umbc.edu)
Text: Information Visualization: Perception for Design, second edition, Colin Ware, Morgan Kaufman, 2004. Required.
How to Lie With Maps, second edition, Mark Monmonier, Chicago Press, 1996. Recommended.
Edward Tufte, Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, Graphic Press, 1997. Recommended.
Description: Knowledge may be power, but too much information can be more like the uncontrolled force of a runaway freight train. Visualizing data makes the flood more manageable. This course looks at solving real-world problems by applying visualization techniques based on the workings of the human perceptual system. Spotlight application areas include epidemiology, weather, social networks, fluid flow, bioinformatics, surgical planning, and national security. Students will analyze the effectiveness of visual representations and construct their own visualizations, strengthening their abilities to explore, evaluate, and understand large amounts of quantitative data. This course applies techniques from computer science (specifically data visualization) to application case studies from areas including science, medicine, social science, and everyday life. Objectives include:
|Asst 1||15% (5% each)||Visualization Critiques||Feb 8, Mar 1, Mar 29|
|Asst 2||10%||Construction 1||Feb 22|
|Asst 3||5%||Design Presentation 1||Mar 8|
|Asst 4||5%||Design Presentation 2||Apr 5|
|Asst 5||10%||Construction 2||Apr 17|
|Asst 6||20%||Project||May 15|
All assignments and exams in the course are expected to be your INDIVIDUAL work, except when explicitly specified otherwise. You may discuss assignments with anyone, but at no time should you copy from anyone or let them copy from you. You may not use material from publications or the Internet without giving proper credit. If you're ever in doubt about what is allowable, ASK me.
|Date||Topics||Required Reading (W=Ware; M=Monmonier; T=Tufte)|
|Jan 30/Feb 2||Fundamentals; Data Representation;||W 1, M 1, T 1-3|
|Feb 6/8||Spatial Vision; Contours;||W 2-3, T 4|
|Feb 13/15||Color; Pseudocolor;||W 4, M 11|
|Feb 20/22||Texture; Glyphs/HDvis;||W 5|
|Feb 27/Mar 1||Spatial Pattern; Maps;||W 6|
|Mar 6/8||Abstract Pattern; Graphs;||W 6, M 2-4|
|Mar 13/15||Temporal Pattern; Flow/Algorithm Vis;||W 6|
|Mar 20/22||Spring Break|
|Mar 27/29||Surface Shape; Stat surface/Treemap;||W 7|
|Apr 3/5||3D Shape; Volume Vis;||W 8|
|Apr 10/11||Language; Text vis;||W 9|
|Apr 17/19||Illustrations; Illustrative Vis;||T 5-7|
|Apr 24/26||Interaction; Focus+Context/Parallel Coords;||W 10, M 12|
|May 1/3||Thinking; Visual analytics;||W 11, M 7-9,13|
|May 8/10||Design; Evaluation;||W C|
|May 15||Wrap Up and Review|
This page (http://www.cs.umbc.edu/~rheingan/fys/index.html) : syllabus, links to assignments, etc.