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January 25, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Petra Isenberg, Research Scientist, INRIA

Title: Collaborative Information Visualization

Abstract: Information visualization is a research area that focuses on making structures and content of large and complex data sets visually understandable and interactively analyzable.  While the research area has traditionally focused on supporting individuals, it is becoming increasingly necessary to support teams during data analysis activities.

In my talk I will define the emerging research area of collaborative visualization, point out a number of social and technical challenges, indicate ways to address them, and show examples of my recent research results in face-to-face collaboration with large interactive displays.

Biography: Petra Isenberg is a research scientist at INRIA, the French National Research Institute for Computer Science.  Prior to joining INRIA, Petra received her PhD from the University of Calgary in 2009 and her Diploma-degree in Computational Visualistics from the University of Magdeburg in 2004. Her main research area is information visualization and visual analytics with a focus on collaborative work scenarios. She is interested in exploring how people can most effectively work together when analyzing large and complex data sets on novel display technology such as touch-screens or tabletops.

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