Virtual Guest Lectures and Discussion 19

by Mike Gleicher on March 20, 2015

Due date: initial posting by end of day Tuesday, April 7th (11:59p), discussion until April 15th.

Turn-in link: Virtual Guest Lecture on Canvas

As I have mentioned, there will be no in-class lecture on Tuesday, April 7th.

Instead: You will watch a video of a talk given by a famous Visualization researcher.

Then, you will discuss what you learned from this video as Discussion 19. Your initial posting is due by the end of the day on Tuesday April 7th. And I hope that there will be an interesting discussion  – since these talks are designed to inspire discussion.

For the videos…

There are two. You can pick either. Or you can watch both.

Both talks are Capstone talks. They are invited talks at the end of the conference – not regular paper talks. Both are also recorded in an odd way: you get the audio and the slides. This is not ideal. To be honest, listening to the talk and seeing the slides is a poor substitute for the actual talk. There is something about a live event too. So, please bear with the production values. It is better than nothing (I believe).

The two options are:

  1. Jarke van Wijk. VIS 2013: Capstone: Information Visualization: Challenges and Opportunities.
    We’ve seen a lot of his work. And those of you who did the 838 assignment probably get a sense of who he is.
  2. John Stasko. EuroVis 2014: Capstone: The Value of Visualization…and Why Interaction Matters.
    Ironically, John is talking about van Wijk’s old work (the value of visualization paper). Further irony, John is the one introducing van Wijk in the first talk.

In your initial posting, discuss what you got out of the talk (or talks) that you watched. In both cases, these are senior people who have made many contributions to the visualization community. What can you see about their perspectives? What questions do the talks raise in your mind?

The format of the “video” (slides + audio) makes for a different experience than seeing the talk in person. I’d like to separate the content of the talks from the delivery mechanism,. If you want to comment on the format, that’s OK – but try to separate it from discussions of the content.

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