Director of the Information Interfaces Research Group

School of Interactive Computing

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, USA

Distinguished Lecture

The Value of Visualization… and Why Interaction Matters

11.30am, Friday 13th June 2014

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University

EuroVis 2014 Capstone Lecture in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Software Alliance Wales

This event is free and open to all


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.


A video of this lecture is available here.

Speaker's biography

John received the B.S. degree in Mathematics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (1983) and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (1985 and 1989). He joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1989, and he is presently the Associate Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing. His primary research area is human-computer interaction, with a focus on information visualization and visual analytics. John is a senior member of the ACM and IEEE. He was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011 and an IEEE Fellow in 2014. He also received the 2012 IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award. In 2013 John served as General Chair of the IEEE VIS conferences in Atlanta, and he was named an Honorary Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.