Research Through Visualization Design Study
Event date:  February 12, 2019 10:00 AM  to 11:00 AM

Designing effective visualization systems requires a careful consideration of factors beyond basic perceptual principles and software functionality — it requires deeply understanding the needs, intuitions, and goals of target users. Visualization design studies are a methodical approach for acquiring this understanding. In this talk I’ll discuss the way we conduct design studies in my group, and how we use what we learn to contribute new visualization knowledge. I’ll layout open challenges in conducting design study research, and propose a new model for achieving rigor in this messy, iterative, and emergent research approach.



Miriah is an associate professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah and a faculty member in the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute. She co-directs the Visualization Design Lab, which focuses on the design of visualization systems for helping analysts make sense of complex data, as well on the development of design methods for helping visualization designers make sense of real-world problems. She obtained her bachelors degree in astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, and earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty at Utah Miriah was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University and a visiting scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Miriah is the recipient of a NSF CAREER grant, a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, and a NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellow award. She was named a University of Utah Distinguished Alumni, both a TED Fellow and a PopTech Science Fellow, and included on MIT Technology Revi's TR35 list of the top young innovators. She was also awarded an AAAS Mass Media Fellowship that landed her a stint as a science writer for the Chicago Tribune. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Miriah is on sabbatical at the University of Vienna.





University of Stuttgart, Powerwall Room, VISUS, cellar

Unfortunately, it is not possible to transmit the talk to the University of Konstanz.