The need for evaluating visualization research has been widely recognized. We have come a long
way in establishing a more formal way for validating visualization research. Yet, our current
evaluation practices in visualization are not without criticism. There even seems to be a common
perception in the community that we have to some extent overemphasized evaluation culminating in
the expression of the "tyranny of the user study". In this presentation I will shed some
light on the current state of evaluation practices, discuss some (potential) problems with our
current approaches and how to deal with them and highlight issues that the community will likely
encounter in the coming years.
Petra Isenberg is a research scientist (CR1) at Inria, Saclay, France in the Aviz research
group. Prior to joining Inria, Petra received her PhD from the University of Calgary in 2009 and
her Diplom-degree in Computational Visualistics from the University of Magdeburg in 2004.
Her main research areas are information visualization and visual analytics with a
focus on collaborative work scenarios, interaction, and evaluation. She is interested in exploring
how people can most effectively work together when analyzing large and complex data sets on novel
display technology such as small touch-screens, wall displays, or tabletops.
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