CREOS Brown Bag - Cognitive Efficiency and Roles for Visual Thinking Tools

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

NE36, 6th floor shared conference room 105 Broadway, Suite 6101

Visualizations are cognitive tools. They take advantage of human pattern perception, support working memory and help with cognitive model building.  Lessons for visualization based tool building will be developed with three examples. The first is a software for analyzing the behavior of tagged marine mammals. Its design was informed by studies of visual working memory. The second is an interactive visual interface to a fisheries model designed to help users understand the inner workings of a mathematical model, and the third is a model of seaweed architecture, with lessons for mental model building and the role of visualization in explanation and model construction.

About Dr. Colin Ware:

Colin Ware has a special interest in applying theories of perception to the design of data visualizations. He has advanced degrees in both computer science (MMath, Waterloo) and in the psychology of perception (PhD,Toronto). He has published over 170 articles ranging from rigorously scientific contributions to the Journal of Physiology, Behavior and Vision Research to applications oriented articles in the fields of data visualization and human-computer interaction. His book Information Visualization: Perception for Design is now in its third edition.  His book, Visual Thinking for Design, appeared in 2008. Ware also likes to build practical visualization systems. Fledermaus, a commercial 3D geospatial visualization system widely used in oceanography, was developed from his initial prototypes. His trackPlot software is being used by marine mammal scientists and his flowVis2D software is serving images on NOAA websites. Colin Ware is Director of the Data Visualization Research Lab which is part of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire.


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CREOS Brown Bag talks consist of regular discussions and brainstorming sessions on all aspects of information science and uses of information science and technology to assess and solve institutional, social and research problems. These are informal talks. Discussions are often inspired by real-world problems being faced by the lead discussant.  

We will provide lunch, please bring your own drink and your questions.

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