Mon 9:00 -10:20 SUR 2995
Wed 4:00 - 5:20 SUR 2980
Open Lab

Instructor: Lyn Bartram
SUR 2759 (office)
SUR 3760 (lab)

email lyn@sfu.ca
office (bad) 778 782 7439
lab (better) 778 782 8009
mobile (best) 604 908 9954













News and updates

Sept 3, 2014: Welcome to IAT 814.

General Information

This course will provide an introduction to the fields of information visualization and visual analytics: the science of analytical reasoning supported by highly interactive visual interfaces. We will study techniques and algorithms for creating effective visualizations based on principles from graphic design, visual art, perceptual psychology, and cognitive science. Topics include perception, visualization design, and analytical techniques of working with data. The analytical work that people do includes such information seeking tasks as browsing, search, comparison, selection, and the formulation of hypotheses on the basis of observing collections of data.

The goal of this class is to provide students with a basic grounding in techniques that can be used to design and complex information workspaces, as well as an introduction to theories that help inform the design of such systems.

Regular announcements will be made on the course Canvas site.


There is one required text for the class:

Other resources will be posted on the Resources page as needed.

We will also use the Tableau™ visualization package. You can download it from the Tableau website for installation on your personal PC or Mac: instructions are on the Resources page. Tableau's data visualization software is provided through the Tableau for Teaching program.

The professor reserves the right to modify any of these plans as needed during the course of the class.