President's Dream Colloquium on Engaging Big Data

Visual Analytics

Lyn Bartram, Associate Professor
School of Interactive Art and Technology

Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Professor
School of Interactive Art and Technology 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 3:30–5 pm
IRMACS Theatre, ASB 10900, Burnaby campus



Visual analytics is “the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces.” It can attack certain problems whose size, complexity, and need for closely coupled human and machine analysis may make them otherwise intractable.

As a research agenda, visual analytics brings together several scientific and technical communities from computer science, information visualization, cognitive and perceptual sciences, interactive design, graphic design, and social sciences. Visual analytics integrates new computational and theory based tools with innovative interactive techniques and visual representations to enable human information discourse.

The design of the tools and techniques is based on cognitive, design, and perceptual principles. This science of analytical reasoning provides the reasoning framework upon which one can build both strategic and tactical visual analytics technologies for analysis, prevention, and response.

Analytical reasoning is central to the analyst’s task of applying human judgments to reach conclusions from a combination of evidence and assumptions.