University of Regina
Department of Computer Science

CS 837: Information Visualization

Spring/Summer 2020

Instructor: Dr. Orland Hoeber Web:
Lectures: T/Th/F 1:00 - 3:45 PM (May 5-21, June 5-12, July 31) Email:
Room: online Phone: 306-585-4598
Office Hours: T/Th 3:45 - 4:30 PM on lecture days
(other times by appointment only)
Office: online

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, Second Edition, A K Peters/CRC Press. 2015. (ISBN-13: 978-1482257373)

Supplemental Textbooks (Optional)

Munzner, T. Visualization Analysis and Design, A K Peters/CRC Press. 2014. (ISBN-13: 978-1466508910)

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:

Participation and contribution 10%
Exam (June 5) 45%
Project (August 5) 45%
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 three time per week: T/Th/F 1:00 – 3:45 PM online during a compressed lecture period from May 5-21 and June 5-12. 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 or reading the textbook or other assigned papers. 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 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

July 31, 2020

August 5, 20020

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