Aug 27, 2015

Professor Marti Hearst Discusses Next-Generation Infoviz at Inaugural OpenScience Meetup

School of Information professor Marti Hearst will be discussing the next generation of information visualization as one of the featured presenters at next week’s Open Science Meetup in downtown San Francisco.

Information visualization has escaped the research lab and is now heavily used by practitioners across a wide spectrum of fields. New software tools and programming frameworks appear on a monthly basis. New design paradigms are rapidly gaining acceptance and evolving. As the role of information visualization grows and changes in the world of practice, new methods are needed to teach this dynamic topic.

Hearst will discuss her own experience teaching information visualization at the I School, where she has taught Info 247. Information Visualization and Presentation since 1998.

Inspired by Eric Mazur’s writings about how he transformed instruction in physics courses with active and peer learning, and by the technology for active learning used in MOOCs, for the past two years Professor Hearst has created her own blend of these ideas and introduced them into her information visualization course.

Hearst will describe her new style of teaching, and several of her students will present their information visualization projects from last spring's course, including a menu data visualization project and an exploration of the quiz show Jeopardy.

Marti Hearst learned infoviz while a researcher at Xerox PARC in the early 1990s, and her research focus in this field is on text visualization. She wrote the book Search User Interfaces in 2009 (Cambridge University Press) and received student-initiated Excellence in Teaching Awards in 1999, 2002, 2014, and 2015.

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OpenScience Meetup: Science in Action
Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6:00 PM
1 Montgomery St, Suite 700
San Francisco

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