Hyperglyphs: Exploring the Limits of Glyph Structure to Improve Visual Analytics Methodologies
TimeWednesday, July 251:30pm - 5pm
DescriptionThe concept of a glyph in scientific visualization is well known and has found numerous applications over the years. However, the limits to the level of complexity of glyph structure have only begun to be fully explored. At the same time, a growing percentage of the big data torrent consists of semi-structured, unstructured, and non-traditional data, presenting a challenge for conventional visualization methods. Some of these types of data are so complex it is difficult for researchers to know where to begin in seeking insight into trends and anomalies hidden within. We need new and innovative ways to explore such massive amounts of complex data.
In this tutorial we provide a brief history of glyphs in scientific visualization and conditions in which their use is appropriate and beneficial. We make the case that these conventional, simple glyphs should be extended and complexified into what we call ‘hyperglyphs’, highly complex visual structures designed to encapsulate much more information within a single glyph and which, when thousands are arrayed in 3D space and with user training and adaptation, can significantly enhance perception and information assimilation leading to new knowledge and insight. We show how our work has led to the creation of successful startup commercial ventures in the field of visual analytics. We provide a wide range of examples from diverse fields including education, physiology, meteorology, public health, and social media. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with interactive glyph design using free open source tools.