Introduction to Information Visualization (Hands-on)

Information Visualization is an emerging discipline that uses computer visualization techniques to help people understand and analyze large or abstract data sets which often have no implicit 2D or 3D structure. (This sets Information Visualization apart from Scientific Visualization, which generally deals with grid- or volume-based data.) A large and growing number of techniques are used in Information Visualization, including cone trees, self-organizing maps, and interactive network diagrams.

This tutorial will present a broad overview of Information Visualization, including history, techniques, and design principles. A brief interactive session will give students hands-on experience with one or more packages designed for creating visualizations, such as d3 or prefuse.

If you try to sign up for this tutorial and find that it is full, please send email to and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Robert Putnam, Scientific Programming & Applications
Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Charles River Campus - MCS Information Services & Technology room B27 (111 Cummington Mall)