Assignment #1 (Static displays for data presentation):       (due: 2/28/2006)

Static displays for data presentation Go to the web site of the National Center for Health Statistics ( and look around at their many data sets to find one that interests you. Download the data and use a standard presentation tool such as Excel to make three useful informative charts (bar charts, plots, scattergrams, etc.). Do your best to make the information stand out clearly by choosing appropriate labels, colors, etc. Add a small caption box on the chart (or above or below) to tell the story (Include your name). Convert to three Powerpoint slides and email to the designated harvester.

results:       pdf (3.1MB) | ppt (6.3MB)

Assignment #2 (Class Presentation & Report):       (due: 2/28/2006)

Use an existing software tool, such as Spotfire, HCE, TimeSearcher, or Treemap to thoroughly explore a data set of your choice. Present 3-6 informative displays and write 500-1000 words explaining what you have found.
Since your report will be on the web, please include your name, email address, date, and affiliation to all submissions. Please describe the data sets you use, indicating number of items and attributes, as well as the source and URL. Describe your findings, including at least three headlines that highlight the significance of what you have found. Critique the tools you used, making suggestions for improvements.

results:   listed as: name (tool(s) used)

World health & development patterns

Socio-economic and educational analyses Personal, medical & conference history data Molecular biology
Analyzing Airline On-Time Data
Chen, Nicholas (Spotfire, TreeMap)

News stories, phone log and voter registry (VAST 2006 Data)
Bradley, Rachael (TreeMap, CaseMap)

"Friend or Foe" Game Show Analysis
Chabuk, Timur (Spotfire)

Wireless Sensor Networks
Haidarian, Hamid (Spotfire)

Disk Usage
Juba, Derek (TreeMap)

Time series analysis of video sequences
Ramadan, Samah (TimeSearcher)

Semester Project (Teams of 2-3 students):      
(progress report due: 04/11/2006; final version due: 05/04/2006)

Develop an information visualization solution for a substantial problem using one of the toolkits or develop your own program. This should be a major effort with innovative research, a review of previous work, and a clear statement of your contributions. The outcome should be a conference paper in ACM two-column format that is 8-10 pages long.