News and Notes

Look below for recent updates from the VACLab. There are two sections: News for announcements and our /etc section for commentary or technical posts.

News

VACLab Papers at IEEE VIS 2021

VACLab-ers present their latest research including the use of counterfactuals to improve inferences from visualizations, population …

Alex Rich Discusses Iterative Visualiation Design in New Nightingale Article

The CDC uses visualization to communicate. There’s always room for improvement…

New Survey of Visual Analytics Methods for Event Sequence Data to Appear in IEEE TVCG

A review of state-of-the-art visual analytics approaches, a formalized design space, and open challenges for future work.

New Work Presented at 2021 AMIA Informatics Summit

Wang et al.’s podium abstract describes an evaluation of medical NLP libraries when applied to patient-reported adverse event …

New Paper to Appear at ACM CHI Examines Analytic Focus During Visual Analysis

Zhou et al. describe and evaluate a new approach to modeling and leveraging a user’s analytic focus during visual analysis tasks.

/etc

Convert a Java Web Application (a WAR file) to a Desktop App

Building a new software tool as web application is a great way to let lots of people have access to your creation without requiring …

Search UNC Library Bookmarklet

This post is to share a bookmarklet that I created to help ease access to articles behind publisher paywalls. If you try to access an …

Election Maps: Representing Area and Population

Maps of election results are a staple in the US during campaign season. They appear in countless newspaper articles, TV news stories, …

A Tutorial on D3.js Joins

While there are a variety of Javascript libraries available for creating visualizations, the most widely used is D3.js. D3 stands for …

A Role for Visualization in Understanding Risk

Risk is a difficult concept, in part because of the many ways it is measured. Interpreting specific numbers can be unintuitive even for …