15.06.2011 12.30h - 13.00h

Place: Medialab-Prado. Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15 · Madrid, Spain

Paper by Evangelos Kapros within the framework of Visualizar'11: Understanding Infrastructures Seminar.



"Visualisation has always played an important part in understanding simulation. When studying social phenomena, Social Scientists need to have a useful output from methods run by simulation experts. A visual way of presenting simulations is a useful and interesting way for social scientists to explore simulations. However, simulation is a relatively new field; advancements in simulation might result in challenges for visualisation.

In this paper we will explore state-of-the-art work on simulating poverty—and incidentally consequent immigration—, and discuss challenges in visualising such simulations. In particular, firstly we will briefly describe advances in simulating poverty. Then, we will examine various visualisation techniques, such as density maps and flow charts, and check their suitability for our purpose.

Our goal is not to find specific guidelines about implementing a particular kind of visualisation, but rather to provide a framework—a set of principles—that future research should take under consideration in order to visualise simulations on poverty and immigration."

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