Nine Contributions & Honorable Mention Award at ACM CHI 2018

At this year’s ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), our group presents nine accepted contributions – 1 full paper, 2 Late Breaking Work articles, 2 demonstrations, 1 co-organized workshop and 3 workshop contributions. The ACM CHI is the biggest and most important conference in the field of human-computer interaction and will take place in Montreal, Canada from April 21 to 26, 2018. We are particularly pleased about the honorable mention award (top 5%) for our full paper When David Meets Goliath: Combining Smartwatches with a Large Vertical Display for Visual Data Exploration. The paper is the result of a cooperation from Tom Horak and Raimund Dachselt with Karthik Badam and Niklas Elmqvist from the University of Maryland. The focus of the work is the combination of smartwatches and large interactive displays for data analysis. We will also present the corresponding prototype of this work in an accompanying CHI Interactivity demonstration.
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Doctorate Martin Spindler

With Martin Spindler another PhD student of the Interactive Media Lab Dresden very successfully defended his dissertation on February 12, 2018. Congratulations from all of us on this impressive achievement, Martin! The topic of the dissertation was “Tangible Displays”, which comprises, among others, six (!) full papers and one journal article. We were able to win Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle of Saarland University as external supervisor. As the PhD was started in Magdeburg, some ceremonial traditions from Magdeburg enriched the festivity in Dresden. Afterwards, Martins success was celebrated in a restaurant at the campus of Technische Universität Dresden. The doctorate supervisor, Raimund Dachselt, provides some impressions of this special day in a photo gallery.

Again, we congratulate Martin on his dissertation and wish him all the best for the next chapter in his life.

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Paper and Poster at IEEE VIS 2017 in Phoenix, AZ, USA

The IEEE VIS, the leading conference on visualization research, took place in Phoenix, Arizona, USA from October 1 to 6. Ricardo Langner and Tom Horak represented the Interactive Media Lab with both a paper and a poster. On Tuesday, Ricardo gave his talk on our paper VisTiles: Coordinating and Combining Co-located Mobile Devices for Visual Data Exploration in the opening session of the InfoVis track. Notably, the first ideas for VisTiles were presented as a poster at VIS last year, received an honorable mention, and became now a full paper. Our second contribution was presented on Wednesday: Tom showed and explained our poster Improving Value Driver Trees to Enhance Business Data Analysis (poster PDF) during the poster session. Again, IEEE VIS has been an exciting and inspiring conference as also can be seen in our photo gallery.

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Keynote and Paper at EuroVA and EuroVis 2017

The European Conference on Visualization Eurographics/IEEE EuroVis took place this year from June 12 to 16 in Barcelona, Spain. EuroVis is an annual conference organized by the Eurographics Working Group on Data Visualization and supported by IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (IEEE VGTC). A number of additional workshops are co-located with EuroVis. The 8th International Workshop on Visual Analytics EuroVA 2017 was opened on Monday with Raimund Dachselt giving a keynote on Natural Interaction for Enhancing Visual Analytics.
Beside Raimund Dachselt, Ulrike Kister represented the Interactive Media Lab Dresden at EuroVis this year. On Friday she presented our paper GraSp: Combining Spatially-aware Mobile Devices and a Display Wall for Graph Visualization and Interaction. In this work, mobile devices are applied to graph analysis as personal toolboxes with a variety of different analysis functions. All in all, we had a sucessful conference with many interesting talks and discussions. Some impressions of the event and our contributions can be seen in our photo collection.

Successful Closing of the International Spring School „smart@work“

smart@work group picture

From March 5 to 11, the International Spring School on Human Technology Cooperation “smart@work” was held at the Technischen Universität Dresden with 22 participating PhD students and Post-Docs from 15 different countries. During three keynotes, four talks and five workshops, questions about the future of human work were discussed, i.e., how to facilitate cooperation between people and technology as partners on equal footing.

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Keynotes, Talks & more: Exciting public events during International Spring School „smart@work “

With 22 PhD students and post-docs from 15 different countries, the International Spring School “smart@workHuman Technology Cooperation” will take place at the Technische Universität Dresden from March 5 to 11, 2017. Within the field of human technology cooperation, smart@work will focus on how human beings can interact with machines and computers in future work scenarios. The goal is to facilitate cooperation between people and technology as partners on equal footing, and to benefit from their respective strengths. This requires the expertise of different research branches, which is reflected by the interdisciplinary organization team—of which we as Interactive Media Lab are a part.

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Press conference by Saxony’s Prime Minister about the “Smart Systems Hub”

During a joined press conference, Saxony’s Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich and Vice Prime Minster Martin Dulig announced the federal state’s support for the Digital Hub initiative. The goal is to establish a “Smart Systems Hub – Enabling IoT” in Dresden as one of twelve Digital Hubs in Germany.

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Successful participation at ISS 2016

The ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces took place in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada from November 6 to 9. This was the first time the conference was held under its new name instead of Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS). Five of us represented the Interactive Media Lab Dresden by presenting nine publications in total (see news). Highlights certainly were the presentation of our two papers by Patrick Reipschläger (MultiLens) and Ulrich von Zadow (Miners).
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IEEE VIS 2016 in Baltimore, USA

The IEEE VIS, the biggest conference on visualization research, was held in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) this year from October 23rd to 28th. Tom Horak represented the Interactive Media Lab Dresden at this event with multiple contributions. On Sunday, he discussed our work Logging in Visualizations: Challenges of Interaction Techniques Beyond Mouse and Keyboard at the workshop “Logging Interactive Visualizations & Visualizing Interaction Logs” (LIVVIL). Furthermore, he presented two posters on novel interaction techniques for data exploration: Towards Combining Mobile Devices for Visual Data Exploration was awarded an honorable mention award. It describes the adaptations of visualizations as a result of mobile device combination. The second poster Supporting Graph Exploration Tasks on Display Walls using Spatially-aware Mobile Devices addresses graph exploration on large display walls by means of a mobile device.