Hierarchy Visualization Study

We have finally published the full version of the paper on our eye-tracking user study, dealing with the effectiveness of different classical visualization techniques for hierarchical data. The full text of the respective issue of the International Journal on Advances in Software can be downloaded here. You can alternatively find the paper entitled “Visualizations for Hierarchical Data: Analyzing User Behavior and Performance with Eye Tracking” in the publication section.

PRINCE2 Foundation Certification

Last week, I have finally accomplished to pass my first official non-academic certification. Although I now have more than 10 years of project experience, I never had a professional education in project management. The preparation for the PRINCE2 Foundation certificate was really instructive and I see many things, I intuitively did the last years, now in a more broad way. It feels really good to keep on learning useful things.

Best Paper Award at EuroVA 2017

The joint work of Martin Röhlig, me, Christoph Schmidt, Heidrun Schumann, and Oliver Stachs regarding visual analytics in the field of ophthalmology was last week presented at EuroVA in Barcelona. In addition, the paper was awarded with the Best Paper Award of EuroVA 2017. Thanks to all folks in Rostock for the fruitful collaboration.

Two Papers at ACHI 2017 and Best Paper Award

This year’s ACHI, the International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, featured two papers of different current research topics of my group. Linda and Tabea presented their preliminary results in analyzing the requirements of supervisors when visualizing work load and emotion data in air traffic control. Our friends from the media psychology at Chemnitz University of Technology presented their joint user study on the effectiveness of different hierarchy visualization techniques. In addition, this paper actually won the Best Paper Award of the conference.

Special Track “Cognitive Processes and HCI Design” at ACHI 2017

It is my pleasure to announce, that I will host a special track at next year’s ACHI, the tenth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, in March 2017. The special track will concentrate on the interdisciplinary link between interface design and cognitive processes, ideally illuminated from both sides. The deadline for submissions is just one month away, January 15. For more information, have a look at the track’s cheat sheet 😉 or just drop me a line. See you soon in sunny Nice.

New Positions – New Possibilities – New Challenges

I am happy to announce, that from the first of October on I am Visiting Professor, concentrating on Human-centered Data Analytics at Heidrun Schumann’s Computer Graphics Group. At the same time, I am still supervising my remaining projects and PhD students at my Visual Computing Laboratory in Chemnitz and I am looking forward to new challenges as Senior IT project manager at the German Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

In summary: Everything is new and still stays the same.

Visit by Sheelagh Carpendale

workshop-sheelagh At the beginning of this week, Prof. Sheelagh Carpendale visited our group for two exciting and productive days. We enjoyed one of her famous “Sketching Visualizations” sessions, where even colleagues from Dresden joined, and intensive discussions about ongoing and future research projects of both sides, also stimulated by her talk about “Interacting Information through Visualization”. Fortunately, there was even time to visit the Christmas Market and chat through the evening with a warm drink.

Best Paper Award at HUSO 2015

huso2015Linda Pfeiffer recently presented our first findings about how air traffic controllers mentally represent their air space and traffic at the International Conference on Human and Social Analytics in Malta. The joint work of computer scientists and media psychologists is part of the MACeLot project and won the Best Paper Award at HUSO. Our part of the project is to rethink the visual interface of the air traffic controllers in close collaboration with the German ATC company DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH.