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Spring (Period III) 2007
26 + 26 (4 + 4)
Lectures: In T1 on Thursdays at 12-14 o'clock and on Fridays at 14-16 o'clock (18.1.-2.3.2007, no lectures due to repairs in the lecture hall during 8.-9.2.2007).
Problem sessions: In T1 on Wednesdays at 16-18 o'clock and Fridays on 12-14 o'clock (there will probably be only one problem session per week on Wednesday and no Friday session, this will however be confirmed later).
Prerequisites: first two years' mathematics courses; basic programming skills.
Please see examination schelude for times and locations of examinations. (If the location of the Saturday examination is not apparent from the examination schelude, then please read further information about the the Saturday examinations. [The examination schelude is unclear with respect to the location of the Saturday examinations: I have asked the department to clarify it.])
The course replaces the study period T-61.271 Information visualization (3 ocr). The lectures and problem sessions are held in lecture hall T1 of the Computer Science Building (Konemiehentie 2, Espoo). The course will take place in Period III (from 18 January to 2 March 2007).
Information visualization is about presenting abstract data in visual form to make it more understandable - to amplify cognition. The purpose of information visualization can be the presentation of the data to others or the use of the visualization methods to study the data and to aid decision-making. The course teaches how to visualize information effectively by using the statistical methods, combined with knowledge of the human perception and psychology and the basics of data graphics. The course includes an exercise work.
The course will cover the following topics:
The most relevant books:
1 Edward R. Tufte: The visual display of quantitative
A classic work on a good graphical practice from 1983.
2 Colin Ware: Information Visualization: Perception
An excellent work on scientific approach to human perception and visualization.
3 Stuart K. Card, Jock D. Mackinlay, Ben
Shneiderman: Readings in information visualization: using vision to
A comprehensive collection of articles, with introductions.
The course will include a small-scale visualization project. The purpose of the visualization project is to give the students hand-on experience on some aspect of the course. We will give a list of topics to choose from in the second lecture. Students are also encouraged to figure out a topic for themselves.
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