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Information Visualization



This unit covers theories, algorithms and practices to make good pictures of abstract information, such as stock prices, family trees, and software design diagrams.

Assumed Knowledge

You need to have

·         Basic knowledge of algorithms and data structures

·         Basic mathematical skills, especially geometry

·         Basic programming skills, in any language

It helps if you

·         Have studied Algorithms, especially Computational Geometry

·         Can write programs using graphics

·         Are comfortable with spatial design problems

Learning Outcomes

Basic concepts and algorithms to produce good visualizations of abstract data effectively and efficiently:

·         Understanding visualization methods

·         Using geometric algorithms for visualization

·         Applying visualization methods


Masa Takatsuka

Consultation time: by appointment
masa.takatsuka (at) sydney (dot) edu (dot) au

Level 3, School of Information Technologies Building, J12

Class times/place

Lectures: School of Information Technologies Lecture Theater 123
Tuesday 15:00-17:00

Assessment overview

 Marks Deadline Generalaim Files
 Assignment 1 20 %   
 Assignment 2 30 %   
 Assignment 3 30 %   
 Participation 20 %   

Assessment note

Please read the School of IT Assessment Policy and the University Policy Student Plagiarism: Coursework – Policy and Procedure, and submit the appropriate cover sheet with your signature with each hardcopy submission. The cover sheets are available from the School of IT link above.


This schedule is subject to change.
 Week Date Topic Note
 1 31/July Introduction 
 2 7/Aug Human Visual System / Data Types 
 3 14/Aug Color 
 4 21/Aug Spatialization I 
 5 28/Aug Spatialization II 
 6 4/Sep Graph Drawing I 
 7 11/Sep Graph Drawing II 
 8 18/Sep Evaluation 
 9 2/Oct Research Paper Presentation I 
 10 9/Oct Research Paper Presentation II 
 11 16/OctPrper PresenIII/System Presen I 
 12 23/Oct Info Vis System Presentation II 
 13 30/Oct Info Vis System Presentation III 

Masahiro Takatsuka,
17 Feb 2014, 02:41