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CS Colloquium

DateTuesday, November 3, 2015
Time11:00 am
Concludes12:15 pm
LocationGould-Simpson 906
DetailsPlease join us for coffee and light refreshments at 11am, Gould-Simpson, 9th Floor Atrium

Faculty Host: Carlos Scheidegger
SpeakerNathalie Henry Riche
AffiliationMicrosoft Research

Designing Interfaces for Human-Data Interaction

In this talk, I will present several research efforts at the intersection of Information Visualization and Human-Computer Interaction. Over the course of the past seven years at Microsoft Research, I designed a series of interfaces for understanding and communicating data though visualizations. I will give an overview of this research and its application to different domains and audiences. First, I will describe a research effort on the visual exploration of complex networks. I will describe and demonstrate a series of interactive network visualization interfaces, resulting from a multi-year collaboration with social scientists and neuroscientists. I will reflect on the methodology to engage with these experts while pushing data visualization research forward. Second, I will present research aiming at bridging visual thinking and data exploration through pen and touch interactions. I will show several interface iterations and describe users studies leading to the design of SketchInsight, a sketch-based interface seamlessly bridging free-form pen annotations and visual data exploration. Finally, I will present my most recent research effort on data-driven storytelling, aiming at democratizing the use of data visualizations by a larger public to communicate insights. I will discuss challenges and opportunities in this new field.


Nathalie is a researcher at Microsoft Research since December 2008. She is a team member of the neXus research group led by Kori Inkpen Quinn, bridging computer-supported collaborative work, computational social science, and data visualization. Nathalie holds a Ph.D. in information visualization from the University of Paris Sud, France and University of Sydney, Australia. She published her research in leading venues in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Visualization. She has received several best papers nominations and awards for her research and is involved in the organizing and program committees for major visualization conferences.