University of Regina
Department of Computer Science

CS 890DS: Visual Analytics (Directed Readings)

Winter Semester 2014

Instructor: Dr. Orland Hoeber Web:
Meetings: F 9:30 - 11:00 AM Email:
Room: CW 308.24 Phone: 306-585-4598
Office Hours: M/W 9:30 - 11:00 AM
(other times by appointment only)
Office: CW 308.25

Calendar Description

Visual analytics is a multi-disciplinary field that facilitates analytical reasoning through interactive visual interfaces. Topics of study will include aspects of visualization, human factors, and data analysis in aid of conducting an analysis of available data.

Course Objectives

This directed readings course focuses on two primary activities: the development of a literature review and the implementation of a project.

For the literature review, a set of foundational readings will be provided; students will be required to choose a narrow topic within this domain and find additional papers from within the primary conferences and journals in the field. Additional papers from conferences and journals relevant to the specific topic may also be used. A literature review paper must be written that organizes the information in a logical manner.

For the project, students will be required to prepare a project proposal, implement some aspect of a visual analytics system, give a demonstration of their project software, and write a project report.


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

Literature Review: Apr 11 30%
Project Proposal: Jan 24 10%
Project Demonstration/Quality of Software: Mar 21 30%
Project Report: Apr 11 30%
Total: 100%


Group meetings with all students registered in this course will take place on Fridays from 9:30 – 11:00 in CW 308.24. These meetings will be used to discuss specific papers found by the students, and to provide updates on the project progress. In each meeting, each student will be required to give a brief report of past activities and plans for the coming week.


The course syllabus contains additional details about the course.

Important Dates

January 24, 2014

March 21, 2014

April 11, 2014

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