CMSC 828S/838S: Information Visualization
Grading, Presentations, Application and Project

Final Grade: Paper presentations: 20% Mid-term take home exam: 15%, Application: 20%, Term Team Project: 30%, Class participation: 15%

Master’s Comprehensive: Mid-term take home exam + Application

Paper Presentations: We will read through the papers in the book Using Vision to Think. Everyone should read the 16 main papers and as much as they can of the related papers. Boldfaced name is first author of paper to be presented, other names are first author of related papers. Paper presentations will be prepared in teams of two, so if one is sick the other can still give the presentation. Well-rehearsed presentations will be made in class using PowerPoint (approx 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion), and posted to the class website. Your presentation should contain slides with at least these titles and content:

    1. Description of the paper
      Where possible show demos or several screen shots
    2. My favorite sentence
    3. Contributions
    4. Notes on the references
    5. Critique – strengths and weaknesses
    6. What has happened to this topic?

Application: Find information to visualize with an existing tool, such as Spotfire, to explore and present the information. Candidate information sources include:

    1. HCIL Tech Reports
    2. Personal photo library
    3. US Census data

Class presentations should show the information visualization, point out the interesting features of the data, and critique the tool. A 300-600 word write up, posted to the class website, should describe the information and annotate the interesting features in the 3-6 screen grabs.

Term Team Project: Your term project is done in teams of 2 people and should produce a conference quality paper that applies an existing visualization tool in depth for a real world client or develops a new tool. The paper should be eight pages, two column format (10 pt Times New Roman) with illustrations, references.


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