VISTAS Reading Group

Friday, January 16, 2015, 3-4pm.
Denise Lach, An Experiment in Post-Normal Science: Building a Knowledge to Action Network in Idaho.  As yet unpublished manuscript – do not distribute and do not share (this link will disappear after our reading group).  For background, see : S.Funtowicz and J. Ravetz, Post-Normal Science International Society for Ecological Economics ; Internet Encyclopaedia of Ecological Economics.   Kirsten will help us with this session….

Friday, April 4, 2014, 4-5pm. Sherry Yang, M. M. Burnett, E. DeKoven, MosheZloof.  1997. Representation Design Benchmarks: A Design-Time Aid for VPL Navigable Static Representations. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing 8, 563-599.

Friday, February 21, 2014, 4-5pm (proposed):  James D.A. Millington, David Demeritt & Raúl Romero-Calcerrada (2011): Participatory evaluation of agent-based land-use models, Journal of Land Use Science, 6:2-3, 195-210,

Friday, January 31, 2014, 4-5pm.  Storytelling: The Next Step for Visualization, Robert Kosara , Tableau Software, Seattle, IEEE Computer, May 2013 (Vol. 46, No. 5) pp. 44-50 0018-9162/13/$31.00 © 2013 IEEE. We also agreed to each read an additional article on HCI or scientific visualization from among these, and to report on what we read at reading group.  see also Meeting notes for January 31.

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 3-4pm.  Ruth Hayes, Protean Media: One Animator’s Perspective.  “On our way” video at (scroll down to almost the end of the page for it.  For further reference:  Gunning, Tom, “The Transforming Image: the Roots of Animation in Metamorphosis and Motion” in Pervasive Animation, Suzanne Buchan, ed., New York, Routledge, 2013, pp. 52-69

Thursday,November 21, 2013, 3-4pm. Martin Falk and Daniel Weiskopf (2008), Output-Sensitive 3D Line Integral Convolution, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VISUALIZATION AND COMPUTER GRAPHICS, VOL. 14, NO. 4, JULY/AUGUST 2008.  Purpose of this reading is for Vir to update us on some of the more technical aspects of his Master’s Project plan for visualizing volumetric wind data for Christoph.

Thursday,October 17, 2013, 3-4pm. Jerilyn Walley (2014).  Valley Circulation Experiment: A classification of wind flow in the  H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.    Master’s Thesis, The Evergreen State College.  Purpose of this reading is to familiarize ourselves with VISTAS Collaborator Christoph Thomas’s micrometeorology work on wind patterns in the HJA;  see also Chris’s recent video.

Friday, July 12, 2013, 3:15-4:15pm.  (Note change in time) The objective is to read about HCIL projects in Temporal Visualization, then talk about how these ideas (or maybe an eventual VISTAS plug-in?) might enhance the 2D visualizations that Bob wants for VELMA.  Please view some of their videos, e.g., Monroe, M., Wongsuphasawat, K., Plaisant, C., Shneiderman, B., Millstein, J., Gold, S. (April 2012), Exploring Point and Interval Event Patterns: Display Methods and Interactive Visual Query, which gives rationale for integrating point and interval events. We will choose one of the following two papers to read:

  1. Monroe, M., Lan, R., Morales del Olmo, J., Shneiderman, B., Plaisant, C., Millstein, J. (October 2012).  The Challenges of Specifying Intervals and Absences in Temporal Queries: A Graphical Language Approach
    Published in Proc. Of ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (CHI 2013)
  2. Ben Shneiderman1, Catherine Plaisant, and Bradford W. Hesse.  Improving health and healthcare with interactive visualization methods, IEEE Computer Special Issue on Challenges in Information Visualization (2013).

Friday, June 14, 2013, 3-4pm. Mike Bailey.  2013.  Using GPU Shaders for Visualization, Part 2.   Visualization Viewpoints, IEEE  Computer Graphics and Applications,  March/April 2011 (vol. 31 no. 2), pp. 67-73.

Friday, May 17, 2013, 3-4pm.  Daniel Halperin, Konstantin Weitz, Bill Howe, Francois Ribalet, E. Virginia Armbrust.  Real-Time Collaborative Analysis with (Almost) Pure SQL: A Case Study in Biogeochemical OceanographyScientific and Statistical Database Conference, Baltimore, MD.  July 2013 (to appear).  Kirsten, Jenny, Dani and Judy were present;  we discussed the relevance of the methodology for a collaborative users’ problem solving session using prototype software that was described in this paper, to one or more sessions we might do with VISTAS.  We also looked briefly at the  Grey and Szalay “20 questions” paper (now in the VISTAS bibliography).

Friday, April 19, 2013, 3-4pm.  Mike Bailey.  2013.  Using GPU Shaders for Visualization, Part 1.   Visualization Viewpoints, IEEE  Computer Graphics and Applications .

Friday, Marcn 15, 2013, 3-4pm.  Mike Bailey.  2013.  Using GPU Shaders for Visualization, Part 3.   Visualization Viewpoints, IEEE  Computer Graphics and Applications,  May-June 2013 (to appear).

Friday, February 15, 2013.  Thomas CK.  2011.  Variability of subcanopy flow, temperature, and horizontal advection in moderately complex terrainBoundary-Layer Meteorology. 139:61-81.   rather advanced, but has a nice spatial piece of work in it.   Judy will post a page with some of Jerilyn’s wind-rose graphs soon.   Two other papers by Christoph and his collaborators provide additional background and are available on the Bibliography&Reading page.  Here are some sample visualizations from Jerilyn’s thesis presentation (Jerilyn works with Christoph).

  1. Thomas CK, Smoot AR.  2012.   An effective, economic, aspirated radiation shield for air temperature observations and its spatial gradients, J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol.. :inpress.
  2. Thomas CK, Kennedy AM, Selker JS, Moretti A, Schroth MH, Smoot AR, Tufillaro NB, Zeeman MJ.  2012.  High-resolution fibre-optic temperature sensing: A new tool to study the two-dimensional structure of atmospheric surface layer flow. Boundary-Layer Meteorol.. 142:177-192.

Friday, January 18, 2013.  Read two papers by VISTAS Science Collaborators, which describe systems for which VISTAS will visualize output.   Facilitator Judy Cushing:

1)  Background:  John P. Bolte, Robert B. McKane, Donald L. Phillips, Nathan H. Schumaker, Denis White, Allen Brookes, and David M. Olszyk (2013), In Oregon, the EPA Calculates Nature’s Worth Now and in the Future. Solutions ( , November-December 2011, Volume 2, Issue 6

2)  Alex Abdelnour, Robert McKane, Marc Stieglitz, Feifei Pan, Yiwei Cheng (2013), Effects of Harvest on Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in a Pacific Northwest Forest Catchment, Water Resources Research (in press).

3) Michael R. Guzy, Courtland L. Smith, John P. Bolte, David W. Hulse, and Stanley V. Gregory  (2008).  Policy Research Using Agent-Based Modeling to Assess Future Impacts of Urban Expansion into Farmlands and Forests, , Ecology and Society13(1): 37.