Capstone Speaker: John Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract: Visualization researchers need to do a better job communicating the value of our field externally. Visualization, by its very nature, provides inherent challenges to doing this. In this talk I will explain these challenges and articulate my views on the value of visualization, including its unique capabilities for data presentation and analysis. I will describe the advantages of interaction, and discuss in depth why interaction is so important to our field and how it has been under-utilized to date. Finally, I will present a number of new interaction ideas and techniques that can be integrated into our future systems.
Bio: John Stasko is a Professor in and the Associate Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also is an Honorary Professor in the School of Computer Science at the Univ. of St. Andrews in Scotland. Stasko is an internationally recognized and widely published researcher in the area of human-computer interaction, with a specific focus on information visualization and visual analytics. He has been Papers/Program Co-Chair for the IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis) Conference, the IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Conference, and the ACM Software Visualization (SoftVis) Symposium. He also has served on numerous journal editorial boards including ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and Information Visualization. In Fall 2013 he was General Chair for the IEEE VIS meeting in Atlanta. Stasko was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011 and an IEEE Fellow in 2014. He received the IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2012.