Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery: Lecture by Professor Ben Shneiderman

4:00pm Monday 11th June 2012, Taliesin Theatre, Swansea University

The event is free to attend and open to all.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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Interactive information visualization tools provide researchers with remarkable capabilities to support discovery. These telescopes for high-dimensional data combine powerful statistical methods with user-controlled interfaces. Users can begin with an overview, zoom in on areas of interest, filter out unwanted items, and then click for details-on-demand. With careful design and efficient algorithms, the dynamic queries approach to data exploration can provide 100msec updates even for million-item visualizations that can represent billion-record databases.

This talk reviews the growing commercial success stories such as, and, plus emerging products such as and will be covered.

The central theme is the integration of statistics with visualization as applied for time series data such as, temporal event sequences such as electronic health records ( and, and social network data ( and


Speaker’s Biography

Ben Shneiderman is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland.  He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. 

Ben is the co-author with Catherine Plaisant of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th ed., 2010).  With Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, he co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999).  With Ben Bederson he co-authored The Craft of Information Visualization (2003). His book Leonardo‚Äôs Laptop appeared in October 2002 (MIT Press) and won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution.  His latest book, with Derek Hansen and Marc Smith, is Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL (2010).


A joint Frontiers lecture in the Invention, Innovation and Change theme.

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