Basser Seminar Series

The Immersive Analytics Initiative

Speaker: Dr Karsten Klein
Monash University

When: Monday 23 November, 2015, 3.30-4.30pm. Please note different day and time to usual.

Where: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, SIT Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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We are living in the era of big data and the amount and complexity of the data available for analysis in many domains is growing at an increasing rate. The analysis of complex data sets is an integral part of effective planning in business, government and many other aspects of organised society. The affordances of the display and input devices used for analyzing data strongly affect the experience of the users of visual analysis systems, and so, their degree of engagement and productivity.

Immersive Analytics is an emerging research thrust which investigates how new interaction and display technologies such as large touch surfaces, immersive virtual reality environments, virtual and augmented reality technologies such as Microsoft Hololens or Oculus Rift, and new tracking and gesture recognition devices such as Leap Motion, can be used to support analytical reasoning and decision making. The aim is to provide multi-sensory interfaces for analytics software that support collaboration and allow users to immerse themselves in their data and designs.

In this talk, we will outline the scope of and major challenges for Immersive Analytics research, and give an overview on the Immersive Analytics Initiative, which tries to unify efforts that are currently divided across research areas such as HCI, AR, and Information Visualization to more rapidly progress immersive data analytics applications.

Speaker's biography

Karsten Klein is a research fellow at the Faculty of IT at Monash University, Melbourne. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Dortmund, Germany.

Following a postdoctoral position at the University of Sydney, he joined Monash University, where he works on methods to create high quality diagrams for large and complex data sets, and on the design and implementation of visual analytics approaches for data from a variety of application areas.

A further focus of his research is on Immersive Analytics, a research thrust that explores the potential of new interaction and display technologies to support analytical reasoning and decision making.