Fall 2021 - IAT 355 D100
Introduction to Visual Analytics (3)
Class Number: 4899
Delivery Method: In Person
Focuses on the design and implementation of interactive computer visualization techniques for the analysis, comprehension, and explanation of large collections of abstract information. The application of principles from perception, information visualization, interaction and visual analytics will be covered. Introduces tools for programming geometric information and displaying the results. Emphasizes development of practical skills in using graphics libraries and tools: students will develop programming experience with relevant examples and techniques.
This course focuses on the design and implementation of interactive computer visualization techniques for the analysis, comprehension, and explanation of large collections of digital data. The application of principles from perception, information visualization, interaction, and visual analytics will be covered. Introduces tools for programming geometric information and displaying the results. Emphasizes development of practical skills in using graphics libraries and tools; students will develop programming experience with relevant examples and techniques.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Design and implement interactive visualization and visual analytics techniques to support human activities
Describe visualization design guidelines, explain the guidelines in terms of human perception and cognition
Describe major sub-disciplines within the fields of visualization and visual analytics
Delivery Method: Lecture (LEC) and Open Lab (OPL)
This course is divided into three parts: introduction to basic graphics for information visualization, techniques, algorithms and methods for interactive information analysis and visual analytics.
- Foundations of Visualization: students learn how the representation of simple visual forms supports or impedes perception and interpretation of their meaning. Perceptual and cognitive issues are covered. Basic design principles for visual encoding are introduced and motivated with practical examples, based on design principles from perception and visual attention
- Visual Analytics: students are introduced to dealing with large volumes of dynamic data and the ideas of linking computational/analysis techniques with interactive informational visualization methods
Students will learn both theoretical methods and practical programming implementations using modern web-based languages and tools.
- Assignments (Individual) 50%
- Project (2-person team) 20%
- Quizzes (Individual) 30%
"Visualization Analysis & Design" (2014) by Tamara Munzner; 1st Edition; A K Peters/CRC Press; available as an eBook (http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/9781466508910) in the library.
"Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories & Best Practices behind Effective Information Visualizations" (2013) by Isabel Meirelles; Rockport Publishers; available as an eBook in the library.
"Interactive Data Visualization for the Web: An Introduction to Designing with D3" (2017) by Scott Murray; 2nd Edition; O'Reilly Media ISBN: 9781491921289
“Visual Thinking: for Design” (2008) by Colin Ware; 1st Edition; Morgan Kaufmann; available as an eBook in the library. ISBN: 9780123708960
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