COMP 250-2 (250VA) Visual Analytics and Provenance

Course Number COMP250-2
Semester Fall, 2012
Hours W 1:30-4:00
Location Halligan 106

Instructors Remco Chang Jordan Crouser
email remco at cs_tufts rcrous01 at cs_tufts
Office Halligan E009
Office Hours Mon 10-12

Course Description

Course Description

Visual analytics is the science of combining interactive visual interfaces and information visualization techniques with automatic algorithms to support analytical reasoning through human-computer interaction. People use visual analytics tools and techniques to synthesize information and derive insight from massive, dynamic, ambiguous, and often conflicting data, and to communicate their findings effectively for decision-making. This course assumes the student to have some knowledge in building interactive visual interfaces (in 2D or 3D), and will examine the interaction aspect of visual analytics. More specifically, we will review recent publications in the area of analytic provenance that describe methods for extracting user intent and reasoning from user behaviors and interaction logs. The goal of the course is to understand the state-of-the-art techniques and propose innovative research directions.

Prerequisite: Instructor's Permission


Date Topic Reading Leads Notes
09-05-2012 Introduction
09-12-2012 L1. Capture L1.1, L1.2, L1.3, L1.4
09-19-2012 L2. Interaction Taxonomy and Tasks L2.1, L2.2, L2.3 CHI Deadline
09-26-2012 L3. Encode L3.1, L3.2, L3.3, L3.4 PacificVis Deadline
10-03-2012 L4. Encode / Reuse L4.1, L4.2, L4.3, L4.4
10-10-2012 L5. Recover L5.1, L5.2, L5.3 UIST (in Boston)
NSF IIS Medium Due on 10/09
10-17-2012 VisWeek (Class in Seattle?)
10-24-2012 L6. Highlights from VISWEEK 2012 L6.1, L6.2
10-31-2012 L7. Consideration of Provenace in Vis and HCI L7.1, L7.2, L7.3, L7.4
11-07-2012 L8. Provenance Utility L8.1, L8.2, L8.3
11-14-2012 L9 Domain Applications (Brain Sensing, Education, Graphics) L9.1, L9.2, L9.3 11/12 Quals Research Talk deadline
11-21-2012 Thanksgiving (No Class) 11/19 Quals Written Exam
11-28-2012 L10. Users L10.1, L10.2, L10.3, L10.4
12-05-2012 Reuse / Applications EuroVis Deadline on 12/07
(12/07 Quals Oral Exam)
12-12-2012 Reading Period
12-19-2012 Final Exam NSF IIS Small Due on 12/17


ID Title Presenter
Intro Illuminating the Path Jordan
Intro Provenance and Scientific Workflows: Challenges and Opportunities Remco
Intro CHI 2011 Workshop on Analytic Provenance Remco
L1.1 Recovering Reasoning Processes from User Interactions Mike Shah
L1.2 Glass Box: An Instrumented Infrastructure for Supporting Human Interaction with Information Eric Coopey
L1.3 Graphical Histories for Visualization: Supporting Analysis, Communication, and Evaluation Eli Brown
L1.4 VisTrails: Enabling Interactive Multiple-View Visualizations Dan Afergan
L2.1 Toward a deeper understanding of the role of interaction in information visualization Saad Farooq
L2.2 Toward effective insight management in visual analytics systems Helen Zhao
L2.3 Characterizing users' visual analytic activity for insight provenance Orkun Ozbek
L3.1 A model and framework for visualization exploration Mike Shah
L3.2 Supporting the Analytical Reasoning Process in Information Visualization Beste Yuksel
L3.3 Scented Widgets: Improving Navigation Cues with Embedded Visualizations Samuel Li
L3.4 Provenance and Annotation for Visual Exploration Systems Alvitta Ottley
L4.1 GraphTrail: analyzing large multivariate and heterogeneous networks while supporting exploration history Rafi Yagudin
L4.2 Enhancing Visual Analysis of Network Traffic Using Knowledge Representation Alvitta Ottley
L4.3 Model-driven Visual Analytics Orkun Ozbek
L4.4 Capturing and Supporting the Analysis Process Eric Coopey
L5.1 Supporting Cognitive Models of Sensemaking in Analytics Systems Helen Zhao
L5.2 Analysing Interactivity in Information Visualisation Saad Farook
L5.3 Articulate: A semi-automated model for translating Natural Language queries into meaningful visualizations Rafi Yagudin
L6.1 Dis-Function: Learning Distance Functions Interactively Eli Brown
L6.2 Semantic Interaction for Sensemaking: Inferring Analytic Reasoning for Model Steering Alvitta Ottley
L7.1 Taxonomy-Based Glyph Design -- with a Case Study on Visualizing Workflows of Biological Experiments Samuel Li
L7.2 Provenance Browser: Displaying and Querying Scientific Workflow Provenance Graphs Dan Afergan
L7.3 SUPPLE: Automatically Generating User Interfaces Rafi Yagudin
L7.4 Obvious: A Meta-Toolkit to Encapsulate Information Visualization Toolkits - One Toolkit to Bind Them All Mike Shah
L8.1 Visual Readability Analysis: How to Make Your Writings Easier to Read Mike Shah
L8.2 User Re-Authentication via Mouse Movements Helen Zhao
L8.3 Towards Visual Analytics for Teachers' Dynamic Diagnostic Pedagogical Decision-Making Saad Farook
L9.1 The Physiological User's Response as a Clue to Assess Visual Variables Effectiveness Beste Yuksel
L9.2 Using Process Mining to Identify Models of Group Decision Making in Chat Data Eric Coopey
L9.3 Generating photo manipulation tutorials by demonstration Orkun Ozbek
L10.1 A User Study of Visualization Effectiveness Using EEG and Cognitive Load Beste Yuksel
L10.2 An Operator Interaction Framework for Visualization Systems Samuel Li
L10.3 Using VisTrails and Provenance for Teaching Scientific Visualization Dan Afergan
L10.4 SocialNetSense: Supporting Sensemaking of Social and Structural Features in Networks with Interactive Visualization Eli Brown


Tufts is committed to providing support services and reasonable accommodations to all students with documented disabilities. To request an accommodation, you must register with the Disability Services Office at the beginning of the semester. To do so, call the Student Services Desk at (617) 627-2000 to arrange an appointment with Sandra Baer, Program Director of Disability Services.