Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery: Big Insights from Big Data

Speaker Name: 
Ben Shneiderman
Speaker Title: 
Speaker Organization: 
University of Maryland--College Park
Start Time: 
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
End Time: 
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 3:00pm
Engineering 2, Room 180
"Data Science Seminar and CS Distinguished Lecture"

Interactive information visualization tools provide researchers with
remarkable capabilities to support discovery from Big Data resources. Users
can begin with an overview, zoom in on areas of interest, filter out
unwanted items, and then click for details-on-demand. The Big Data
initiatives and commercial success stories such as Spotfire and Tableau,
plus widespread use by prominent sites such as the New York Times have made
visualization a key technology.
The central theme is the integration of statistics with visualization to
support user discovery.  Our work focuses on temporal event sequences such
as found in electronic health records (, and
social network data such a twitter discussion patterns (  The talk closes with 8 Golden Rules for Big Data.

BEN SHNEIDERMAN ( is a Distinguished University
Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director
(1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory ( at the University of Maryland.  He is a Fellow
of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and a Member of the National Academy of
Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to
human-computer interaction and information visualization. His contributions
include the direct manipulation concept, clickable web-link, touchscreen
keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps,
innovative network visualization strategies for NodeXL, and temporal event
sequence analysis for electronic health records.

Ben is the co-author with Catherine Plaisant of Designing the User
Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th ed.,
2010)  With Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, he
co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think
(1999).  His book Leonardo’s Laptop appeared in October 2002 (MIT Press)
and won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution.  His
latest book, with Derek Hansen and Marc Smith, is Analyzing Social Media
Networks with NodeXL (, 2010).