CARRFS CPHA 2017 Pre-Conference Symposium, Halifax, June 5th 2017
THINKING WITH VISUALIZATIONS: FROM PATTERNS TO INSIGHT
DR. COLIN WARE
DATA VISUALIZATION RESEARCH LAB, CENTER FOR COASTAL AND OCEAN MAPPING, UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA
Dr. Ware will introduce the process of “thinking with visualizations” - going from low-level pattern perception and work up to higher level cognitive processes including working memory and the control of visual attention. Concepts will be illustrated with examples including pattern perception in weather displays, understanding the behavior of humpback whales, interaction with computer models of predator-prey interactions, and the direction of attention to support effective story telling.
Dr. Ware specializes in applying theories of perception to the design visualizations. He has advanced degrees in both computer science (M.Math, Waterloo) and in the psychology of perception (PhD, Toronto). He has published over 160 scientific 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 and is a standard reference. His book, Visual Thinking for Design, is a less academic treatment of the visual thinking process applied to visualization design. 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.