Fall 2019 - CMPT 767 G100

Visualization (3)

Class Number: 9026

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CMPT 316, 461 or equivalent (by permission of instructor).



Advanced topics in the field of scientific and information visualization are presented. Topics may include: an introduction to visualization (importance, basic approaches and existing tools), abstract visualization concepts, human perception, visualization methodology, 2D and 3D display and interaction and their use in medical, scientific, and business applications. Students with credit for CMPT 878 or 775 may not take this course for further credit.


The goal of this course is to introduce students to the research field of Interactive Information Visualization. The course presents both seminal and recent work in InfoVis by looking at a variety of topics from the research field. It will cover a subset of the topics listed below. Each of these topics contains a fundamental approach to creating information visualizations. Each has its own guiding principles, its own significant publications, and its own research methods. While we will discuss each separately, keep in mind that in reality some chosen subset of these is usually used in conjunction.

Note: Prerequisites for this course are being reviewed- Please contact csgrada@sfu.ca for assistance with enrollment.


  • Representation of data, data mappings
  • Design thinking
  • Presentation
  • Principles from perception
  • Sketching and Externalization
  • Principles from graphic design
  • Layout and spatial organization
  • Data driven design
  • Personal visualization
  • Task-based design
  • Constructive visualization
  • Applications (e.g., web, text, biology, social data)
  • Biomimicry and alternate aesthetics
  • Physicalization
  • Interaction (e.g., exploration, navigation, transformations, details on demand)
  • Communication, data-driven storytelling, visualization literacy
  • Evaluation methodologies and issues



To be discussed the first week of classes.



Visualization Analysis and Design , Munzner, Tamara, A K Peters, Limited, 2014,
ISBN: 9781466508910

Semiology of graphic: Diagrams, Networks, Maps , Bertin, Jacques, ESRI, Incorporated, 2010,
ISBN: 9781589482616

Information Visualization: Perception for Design , Ware, Colin, Login, 2012,
ISBN: 9780123814647

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