course overview

StbVis2010 is a high-density (read: you're going to work really hard :) post-graduate information visualisation course, consisting of a mix of lectures, paper reading and discussion, and finally project-work.

By the end of the week, you will be able to:
  • Define visualisation and its various sub-fields.
  • Critically read and discuss papers from the top visualisation journals and conference proceedings.
  • Explain and correctly apply any of the basic information visualisation techniques.
  • Analyse and describe a problem domain in terms of addressing it with an information visualisation-oriented solution.
  • Design and implement an interactive information visualisation application.
To follow this course, you will need:
  • A laptop or computer that is able to run Windows applications, natively or through virtualisation. Windows support is needed for the Tableau Public project. For the rest of the course you can use whichever operating system floats your boat the most.
  • Internet access, to download datasets, software and to access this website.
  • A Google (or GMail) account, also to access the course website. If you don't have one yet, create it here:
  • Experience setting up and programming in Java, Python, JavaScript or C++.
If you'd like to get a head start before the course has started, try to find interesting datasets (and the related problems or phenomena) that you would like to better analyse and present through visualisation. See the examples page for inspiration.

I've put this course together especially for Stellenbosch, based for a large part on the InfoVis course given by Dr. Tamara Munzner at the University of British Columbia. I've also integrated elements from the courses of Dr. Maneesh Agrawala at Berkeley, Dr. John Stasko at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Dr. Jeffrey Heer at Stanford.