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Helping Users Make Sense of Social Networks: A Workshop



This workshop is a part of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab's Annual Symposium.  We encourage you to attend these presentations about the research being done at the Lab!  Visit the HCIL Symposium page for more information. As research on social networks becomes increasingly popular, developers have focused on designing algorithms, visualizations, and software to aid analysis. Despite all of these advances, exploring social networks is still an extremely difficult task. This workshop focuses on:

1) understanding user tasks and how they influence design
2) identifying interactive, visual methods for understanding networks
3) discussing ways to evaluate these novel visualization tools.

We will bring together social scientists (to better understand the users),
computer scientists (to better understand the algorithms) and user
interface experts (to better understand the visual and textual output)
for presentations and a lively discussion of what can be achieved.


Gratis Opening Dinner:  May 31, 2007, Thursday, 94th Aerosquadron Restaurant, College Park, MD

Workshop: June 1, 2007, Friday, Computer Science Instructional Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Time (June 1, 2007)


9:00 - 9:15 am

Introductory Remarks [Slides ]

Ben Shneiderman, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland

9:15 - 10:15 am

Opening Panel on User Needs

Moderated by Alan Neustadtl, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland

Bruce Hoppe, Founder of Connective Associates, Boston University [Slides ]
Bernie Hogan, NetLab, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto [Slides ]
10:15 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 11:00 am

Featured Opening Keynote

The Ties that Blind: The search for analytically useful and aesthetically pleasing visualizations of complex structures [Slides ]

Marc Smith, Senior Research Sociologist, Community Technologies Group, Microsoft Research
11:00 - 11:30 am

Keep it Simple... [Slides ]

Valdis Krebs, Management Consultant,
11:30 - 12:00 pm Massively Collaborative Visualization [Slides ]
Frank van Ham, Researcher, Visual Communications Lab, IBM Research
12:00 - 1:30 pm Complimentary Lunch and optional walk along Paint Branch River, led by Ben Shneiderman
1:30 - 2:00 pm Exploring Social Networks using Matrix-based Representations [Slides ]
Nathalie Henry, In Situ, INRIA France
2:00 - 2:30 pm

Systematic yet Flexible Exploration of Social Networks [Slides ]

Adam Perer, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland
2:30 - 3:00 pm Making Sense of Social Networks using Pair-wise Visualization and Analysis [Slides ]
Lise Getoor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 3:45 pm Mapping Large-Scale Network Data [Slides ]
Bruce Herr, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
3:45 - 4:15 pm

Featured Closing Keynote

From Disasters to WoW: Enabling Knowledge Networks in 21st Century Organizational Forms [Slides ]

Noshir Contractor, Director, Science of Networks in Communities Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4:15 - 5:00 pm

Closing Panel on Future Directions

Moderated by Jennifer Golbeck, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland

Danyel Fisher, Researcher, VIBE Group, Microsoft Research
Jenny PreeceCollege of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Event Photos

Photos by Ben Shneiderman





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June 1, 2007, Friday, 9am-5pm