Interactive Visualization Tools for Socio-Environmental Data

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Joseph JaJa, SESYNC
Mary Shelley, SESYNC
Mike Smorul, SESYNC

The future of user interfaces for data analysis is in the direction of larger, higher resolution screens, which present perceptually-rich and information-abundant displays. With such designs, the flood of data can be turned into a productive knowledge. Human perceptual skills are quite remarkable and largely underutilized in current information and computing systems, and visualization tools have rapidly emerged as a potent technology to support data analysis and human decision-making.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is dedicated to teaching core concepts and competencies necessary to understand, research, and address socio-environmental problems. SESYNC will host participants for a two-day short course on Interactive Visualization Tools for Socio-Environmental Data. The course will be held August 15–16 at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD.

After a general introduction of the principles of human-computer interaction and information visualization, this course will review numerous examples of successful uses of visualization technologies. The basic principle of the Visual Information Seeking Mantra – "Overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand" – will be illustrated with multivariate, heterogeneous, hierarchical, or network data. Ample time will be reserved for hands-on practice.

The goals of the short course are to:

  • introduce participants to interactive information and geospatial visualization principles and tools;
  • provide hands-on experience with a variety of existing applications; and
  • prepare participants to select or design new interactive visualizations.
Manali Baruah, University of South Carolina
Eric Carr, NIMBioS
Karen Cranston, NESCent
Narayan Dhakal, University of Minnesota
Claudia Ganser, University of Florida
Enjie Li, Utah State University
Yolanda López-Maldonado, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Andrea Massamyi Matsunaga, University of Florida
Nirav Merchant, University of Arizona
Markus Meyer, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ
Miranda Mockrin, USDA Forest Service
Meredith Root-Bernstein, Oxford University
Elizabeth Schwarz,University of California, Riverside
Jennifer Selgrath, University of British Columbia
Paul Sutton, University of Denver
Yengoh Genesis Tambang, Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies
Greg Traub, The ACIS Lab - University of Florida
Ruscena Wiederholt, University of Arizona
Andrew Williams, University of Maryland
Kirsten Winters, Oregon State University
Bill Burnside, SEYSNC
Judy Che-Castaldo, SEYSNC
Mary Collins, SEYSNC
Kelly Hondula, SEYSNC
Julio Postigo, SEYSNC
Leslie Ries, SEYSNC
Mary Shelley, SEYSNC
Mike Smorul, SEYSNC
Cindy Wei, SEYSNC
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