Advanced Interaction for Information Visualization

December 6, 2011
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
196 Boston Ave, Room 4014


Abstract: Information Visualization (InfoVis) is a Research field dedicated to the design and evaluation of visual representations and interactions for exploring and understanding large data sets. Until recently, the focus of InfoVis more more on the visual representations and less on the interactions. However, several new interactive techniques have been published in the last years, opening perspectives for HCI practitioners. We describe the work at INRIA Saclay – Île-de-France, linking traditional HCI interaction research with InfoVis interaction research. We will present some of our techniques for navigating large information spaces: OrthoZoom for one dimensional (1D), Mélange for 2D, ScatterDice for high-dimensional spaces, ControlTree for large trees and Topology-aware navigation for networks. We will outline their applicability in HCI problems that are not traditionally viewed as InfoVis in the hope that they will be experimented and adopted in standard interfaces and, more importantly, to emphasize the fact that interaction design for large information spaces is also required for our complex user interfaces.

Short bio:

Jean-Daniel Fekete ( received his PhD in Computer Science in 1996 from Université Paris-Sud. From 1997 to 2001, he joined the Graphic Design group at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes that he led from 2000 to 2001. He was then invited to join the Human- Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland in the USA for one year.

He was recruited by INRIA in 2002 as a confirmed researcher and became Research Director in 2006. He is the Scientific Leader of the INRIA Project Team AVIZ that he founded in 2007.

His main Research areas are Visual Analytics, Information Visualization and Human Computer Interaction.

Jean-Daniel Fekete is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS), the President of the French-Speaking HCI Association (AFIHM), Co-Editor in Chief of the "Journal d'Interaction Personne-Système" (JIPS). He was Conference Chair of the IEEE InfoVis Conference in 2011 and Paper Co-Chair of the IEEE Pacific Visualization conference in 2011.