To develop and promote the science of visual analytics and to advance interactive visualization as an integrative discipline that is indispensable for attacking key real world applications


‚ÄčRibarsky Center for Visual Analytics Seminar - February 13 - 12:30pm - Halton Room, Atkins Library

Modern Digital Imagery for Capturing and Representing Data from Nature

Abstract: Studies in nature can be very data-rich, often requiring recording a great number of characteristics for later analysis without knowing which will be most important. This places a premium on efficient data capture and representation. Modern technological advances now permit visualization of biological data ranging from 3D models of stands of forest trees across many acres, to microscopic comparison of insect morphology, to timing of bloom patterns in wild plant communities. We will present tools that were recently developed at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the research field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, for capturing these data and representing them visually.


  • Dr. John Wenzel - Director, Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Visualization Courses

Spring 2020 

For visualization courses offered on additional semesters, see the VisCenter Courses page.

Visualization Highlights

Web-based System for Responding to Critical Infrastructure Breakdown
When a large scale disaster, such as a hurricane, hits, breakdowns at key points in the electrical grid can cascade over telecommunication, water, gas, road, and other systems. Key facilities, such as schools, police and fire stations, government building, and hospitals, can be affected significantly. In this research funded by DHS, we have developed a Web-based tool to tap into simulations for thousands of different hurricane paths, immediately selecting the one that most closely matches the current event and visualizing the results so they can be rapidly understood and acted upon. The database can also be updated on-the-fly with new simulations that follow the predicted hurricane path. Thus an emergency responder in the field can get updates about when a hurricane will hit her area, where and what parts of the infrastructure will be disrupted, what key facilities will be affected and when. To view the tool in action, click here.

Mobile Emergency Response System: Mobile system excels in recent large emergency response exercise.