University of Regina
Department of Computer Science

CS 837: Information Visualization

Summer Semester 2014

Instructor: Dr. Orland Hoeber Web:
Lectures: T/TH 8:30 - 11:30 AM (see syllabus for specific days) Email:
Room: CL 345 Phone: 306-585-4598
Office Hours: T/TH 12:30 - 2:00 PM
(other times by appointment only)
Office: CW 308.25

Course Objectives

Information Visualization focuses on the design, development, and study of interactive visualization techniques for the analysis, comprehension, exploration, and explanation of large collections of abstract information. Topics to be covered include principles of visual perception, information data types, visual encodings of data, representations of relationships, interaction methods, and evaluation techniques.

Primary Textbook

Ward, M, Grinstein, G., and Keim, D. Interactive Data Visualization: Foundations, Techniques, and Applications, A. K. Peters Ltd. 2010. (ISBN-13: 978-1568814735)

Supplemental Textbooks (Optional)

Ware, C. Information Visualization: Perception for Design, 3rd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2013. (ISBN-13: 978-0123814647)

Few, S. Information Dashboard Design, 2nd Edition, Analytics Press, 2013 (ISBN-13: 978-1938377006)


The final grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Assignments 4 x 10% 40%
Exam 25%
Project Paper 35%
Total: 100%

In order to pass the course, you must pass the exam. Your final mark may be adjusted by +/- 5%, at the instructor's discretion.


Lectures will be held two times per week: T/TH (8:30 – 11:30, ED 315), with three breaks in which there will be no lectures (one week in the middle of May, two weeks at the end of May, and two weeks at the end of June). During these times, it is expected that students will be working on their assignments and projects.

All lecture notes and assignments will be posted on UR Courses. The lecture notes should not be used as an alternative to attending the lectures. It is expected that students will attend the lectures, listen to the explanations and discussions, and take notes about the important information


The course syllabus contains additional details about the course.

Important Dates

May 20, 2014

June 10, 2014

July 8, 2014

July 17, 2014

July 22, 2014

August 21, 2014

August 23, 2014

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