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Ben Shneiderman

Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery

Ben Shneiderman
 University of Maryland - College Park

2pm on Monday, November 5th in SEO 1000 
In conjunction with the Department of Computer Science's Distinguished Lecturer Series

Interactive information visualization tools provide researchers with remarkable capabilities to support discovery. These telescopes for high-dimensional data combine powerful statistical methods with user-controlled interfaces. Users can begin with an overview, zoom in on areas of interest, filter out unwanted items, and then click for
details-on-demand. With careful design and efficient algorithms, the dynamic queries approach to data exploration can provide 100msec updates even for million-item visualizations that can represent billion-record

This talk reviews the growing commercial success stories such as, and, plus emerging products such as will be covered.

The central theme is the integration of statistics with visualization as applied for time series data such as ( ), temporal event sequences such as electronic health records
( and, and social network data ( and

BEN SHNEIDERMAN ( is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory ( at the University of Maryland.  He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Ben is the co-author with Catherine Plaisant of "Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction" (5th ed., 2010)  With Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, he
co-authored "Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think" (1999).  With Ben Bederson he co-authored "The Craft of Information Visualization" (2003). His book "Leonardo’s Laptop" appeared in October
2002 (MIT Press) and won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution.  His latest book, with Derek Hansen and Marc Smith, is "Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL" (,