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Mission Statement

This group aims to facilitate students, faculty, and curious onlooker knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques in all areas of Visualization (scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics). To accomplish this, as a group we will read and discuss seminal works, best papers, and other papers of interest.


  • A 1-3 paragraph paper summary will be provided by the discussion leader the night before the meeting.
  • At the open, the discussion leader will summarize the paper.
  • Open discussion will commence. Everyone should come prepared, having read the paper, along with 1 positive attribute of the paper, 1 negative attribute of the paper, and 1 question about the paper or a topic for future research.


Held weekly on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in Halvorsen Conference Room (WEB 4640). Drop-ins welcome.
To join the mailing list, please e-mail Paul at (prosen at sci dot utah dot edu)

Date Paper
9/9 John Stasko's EuroVis Capstone
In EuroVis 2014
Illustrative Visualization of Molecular Reactions using Omniscient Intelligence and Passive Agents
In EuroVis 2014
Mimic: Visual Analytics of Online Micro-interactions
In the Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI)
A Principled Way of Assessing Visualization Literacy
In InfoVis 2014
10/7 Multi-Charts for Comparative 3D Ensemble Visualization
In SciVis 2014
10/14 No Meeting (Fall Break) 
10/21 Knowledge Generation Model for Visual Analytics (video)
In VAST 2014

ViSlang: A System for Interpreted Domain-Specific Languages for Scientific Visualization In SciVis 2014
Vivaldi: A Domain-Specific Language for Volume Processing and Visualization on Distributed Heterogeneous Systems In SciVis 2014

11/4 UpSet: Visualization of Intersecting Sets
In InfoVis 2014
11/11 No Meeting (Visweek) 
11/18 Visualizing Statistical Mix Effects and Simpson's Paradox
In InfoVis 2014
11/25 Supporting Communication and Coordination in Collaborative Sensemaking
In VAST 2014 (Best Paper)
12/2 No Meeting
12/9 Visualization of Brain Microstructure through Spherical Harmonics Illumination of High Fidelity Spatio-Angular Fields
in SciVis 2014 (Best Paper)
  Possible future readings:
  Multivariate Network Exploration and Presentation: From Detail to Overview via Selections and Aggregations
  In InfoVis 2014 (Best Paper)

  Effect of Lateral Chromatic Aberration for Chart Reading in Information Visualization on Display Devices
  In the Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI)

  The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations
  In IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages 

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