Visualization Evaluation and Meta Analysis

BeauVis: A Validated Scale for Measuring the Aesthetic Pleasure of Visual Representations

Studying Early Decision Making with Progressive Bar Charts

Gender in 30 Years of IEEE Visualization

VIS30K: A Collection of Figures and Tables from IEEE Visualization Conference Publications A Metadata Collection about IEEE Visualization (VIS) Publications

Visualization as Seen Through its Research Paper Keywords

Bad Stats: Not What It Seems

A Systematic Review on the Practice of Evaluating Visualization

Empirical Studies in Information Visualization: Seven Scenarios

Graphs and Networks

CombiNet: Query and Comparison of Bipartite Multivariate Dynamic Social Networks

PK-Clustering: Integrating Prior Knowledge in Mixed Initiative Social Network Clustering

PAOHvis: Analyzing Dynamic Hypergraphs

The Vistorian: Interactive Visualizations for Dynamic and Multivariate Networks

Small MultiPiles: Piling Time to Explore Temporal Patterns in Dynamic Networks (available online)

Cubix: Exploration of Dense Dynamic Networks

GraphCuisine: Random Graph Generator driven by an Interactive Genetic Algorithm

NodeTrix: Node-Link Diagram hybrid with Adjacency Matrix.

Zame: Zoomable Adjacency Matrix Explorer

GeneaQuilts: Genealogy visualization

GraphDice: Multivariate Social Network Analysis

Topology-Aware Navigation

Physical and Tangible

Zooids: Building Blocks for Swarm User Interfaces

SmartTokens: Embedding Motion and Grip Sensing in Small Tangible Objects

Constructing Visual Representations: Investigating the Use of Tangible Tokens

DIY Bertin Matrix

MakerVis: Supporting the Design and Fabrication of Physical Visualizations

An Empirical Investigation of Physical Visualizations

Tangible Remote Controllers for Wall-Size Displays

Stackables: Combining Tangibles for Faceted Browsing


Relief Shearing for Enhanced Terrain Perception on Interactive Maps.

VisualSedimentation: A visualization metaphor for data stream visualization in real time.

Bubble-t: A real time visualization of Twitter streams during the 2012 French presidential election.

Diffamation: Animating diffs

Gliimpse: Animating markup languages

Histomages: Manipulate histograms like images

Application Areas

LineageD: An Interactive Visual System for Plant Cell Lineage Assignments based on Correctable Machine Learning


Bubble-tv: A social tv device: Bubble tv is a live visualization of TV viewers' tweets to process a poll.

PolemicTweet: A video annotation and analysis system for live events such as conferences.

Google borders: a worldwide cultural trends analysis based on Google auto-complete suggestions.

Wikipedia Visualization


Taranis: A training system for crisis managers.

Peopleviz: Information visualization for the people.

ParcoursVis: Visualization of Patient Pathways

BitcoinVis: Visualization of Bitcoin Data

Perception and Cognition

Black-and-White Textures

Hybrid-Image Visualizations

Concrete Scales: Visual Depiction of Complex Measures

Perception of Visual Variables on Tiled Wall-Sized Displays

Directed Edges For Graph Visualization

Dual-Scale Charts

Visualization Literacy

Glanceable Visualizations

Smartwatch Visualizations

Situated Visualization in Motion for Video games


An Interaction Model for Visualizations Beyond The Desktop

Interactive Horizon Graphs

A Table! Improving Temporal Navigation in Soccer Ranking Tables

Crossets: Manipulating Multiple Sliders by Crossing

Bertifier: Revisiting Bertin Matrices

Text and Document Visualization

Exploring the Placement and Design of Word-Scale Visualizations

Visualization for Temporal Data

Time Curves: Folding Time to Visualize Patterns of Temporal Evolution in Data (available online)

A Review of Temporal Data Visualizations Based on Space-Time Cube Operations

StratumGraph: Horizon graphs improved for better readability and stability

Explicit visualisation of gaps between interleaved temporal curves


Image Exploration

Software Infrastructure

  • Progressive Data Analysis: A new computation paradigm for interactively exploring data at scale
  • The InfoVis Toolkit: A Java Toolkit for Information Visualization (offsite link)
  • EdiFlow: Reactive Workflow for Visual Analytics (offsite link)
  • Obvious: A Toolkit to Wrap Java InfoVis Toolkit (offsite link)
  • Java VisTrails: Integrating Java Toolkits in VisTrails (offsite link)
  • Java VisTrails: Integrating Java Toolkits in VisTrails (offsite link)
  • Visual Sedimentation: A JavaScript library for visualizing streaming data, inspired by the process of physical sedimentation.(offsite link)

Casual Visualization

SpiraClock: A continuous and non-intrusive display for upcoming events

SpiroViz: Spirograph Designs for Ambient display of Tweets

Noise of chaos: Show statistics through rythmes.


Running an HCI Experiment in Multiple Parallel Universes: can p-values be trusted?

Current Funded Research Projects

SEVEN - Inria / Calgary Associated Team on Situated and Embedded Visualization

The goal of the associated team is to understand how situated visualizations can help support data analysis and exploration. We will examine how to provide more immediate and situationally-appropriate ways of interacting with health data in particular. The team website has more information

Passed Funded Research Projects


The Collaborative EuropeaN Digital Archive Infrastructure (CENDARI) will provide and facilitate access to existing archives and resources in Europe for the study of medieval and modern European history (specifically the First World War period) through the development of an ‘enquiry environment’. This environment will increase access to records of historic importance across the European Research Area, creating a powerful new platform for accessing and investigating historical data in a transnational fashion overcoming the national and institutional data silos that now exist.

Connect, Collaborate, Analyze : From Individual Work to Collaborative Visual Analytic (FITOC)

This project focuses on visualization research and the notion of data analysis as a social process. Currently, a large amount of data analysis work is conducted by individuals but many activities require the switch to collaborative data analysis with others. The goal of this project is to research how the transition between individual and collaborative work can best be supported using visualization applications. For more details, please see the project page


DREAM (Design and development of REAlistic food Models with well-characterised micro- and macro-structure and composition) is an FP7 european project, that involves 18 partners from 9 european countries, among which two multinationals. The project is lead by INRA. Our contribution to this project is focussed on the evolutionary optimisation of Bayesian Networks models.

Complex System Design Lab (CSDL)

CSDL, Complex Systems Design Lab (2009–2012) is a project of the System@tic pole whose main contractor is Dassault Aviation, together with 27 academic and industrial partners. The aim of CSDL is to settle a complete collorative environment for decision making in the framework of complex systems design>

Google Grant

Jean-Daniel Fekete receives a Google Research Award for a project called Data Visualization for the People to be done with Jeremy Boy and Aviz. The first part of this project focusses on visualizing the 2012 French presidential elections.

State of the Art

Visualization of or with Sketchiness, Uncertainty, Data Error, or Data Bias

* Using Sketchiness to Depict Qualitative Uncertainty * Sketchy Rendering for Information Visualization

Do You Believe Your (Social Media) Data? A Personal Story on Location Data Biases, Errors, and Plausibility as well as their Visualization

An Illustrative Data Graphic in an 18th–19th Century Style

Using Sketchiness to Depict Qualitative Uncertainty

Sketchy Rendering for Information Visualization

Illustrative Visualization

Molecumentary: Adaptable Narrated Documentaries Using Molecular Visualization

Multiscale Unfolding: Illustratively Visualizing the Whole Genome at a Glance

Visual Abstraction

Pondering the Concept of Abstraction in (Illustrative) Visualization

DimSUM: Dimension and Scale Unifying Maps for Visual Abstraction of DNA Origami Structures

Multiscale Visualization and Scale-Adaptive Modification of DNA Nanostructures

HyperLabels—Browsing of Dense and Hierarchical Molecular 3D Models

ScaleTrotter: Illustrative Visual Travels Across Negative Scales

Multiscale Molecular Visualization

Analysis of Drawing Characteristics for Reproducing Traditional Hand-Made Stippling

Reducing Affective Responses to Surgical Images through Color Manipulation and Stylization

A Survey of Perceptually Motivated 3D Visualization of Medical Image Data

Interactive NPAR: What type of tools should we create?

Occlusion-free Blood Flow Animation with Wall Thickness Visualization

Drawing Characteristics for Reproducing Traditional Hand-Made Stippling

Interactive Illustrative Line Styles and Line Style Transfer Functions for Flow Visualization

Exploration of the Brain's White Matter Structure through Visual Abstraction and Multi-Scale Local Fiber Tract Contraction

A Survey of Illustrative Visualization Techniques for Diffusion-Weighted MRI Tractography

Illustrative Data Graphic in an 18th–19th Century Style

Bristle Maps: A Multivariate Abstraction Technique for Geovisualization

Visual Abstraction and Stylization of Maps

Interactive Example-based Hatching

Sketchy Rendering for Information Visualization

Evaluating Sketchiness as a Visual Variable for the Depiction of Qualitative Uncertainty

Interaction with Spatial (3D) Visualizations

LineageD: An Interactive Visual System for Plant Cell Lineage Assignments based on Correctable Machine Learning

Hybrid Touch/Tangible Spatial Selection in Augmented Reality

Understanding Differences between Combinations of 2D and 3D Input and Output Devices for 3D Data Visualization

Point Specification in Collaborative Visualization for 3D Scalar Fields Using Augmented Reality

Molecumentary: Adaptable Narrated Documentaries Using Molecular Visualization

Design and Evaluation of Three Selection Techniques for Tightly Packed 3D Objects in Cell Lineage Specification in Botany

HyperLabels—Browsing of Dense and Hierarchical Molecular 3D Models

The State of the Art of Spatial Interfaces for 3D Visualization

Collaborative Work in Augmented Reality: A Survey

Towards an Understanding of Augmented Reality Extensions for Existing 3D Data Analysis Tools

Hybrid Touch/Tangible Spatial 3D Data Selection

A Model of Spatial Directness in Interaction for Visualization

Augmenting tactile 3D Data Exploration with Pressure Sensing on Mobile Devices

Mouse, Tactile, and Tangible Input: 3D Interaction paradigms evaluation

Pressure-Based Gain Factor Control for Mobile 3D Interaction using Locally-Coupled Devices

Hybrid Tactile/Tangible Interaction for 3D Data Exploration

Preference Between Allocentric and Egocentric 3D Manipulation in a Locally Coupled Configuration

A Tangible Volume for Portable 3D Interaction

Interactive Exploration of Three-Dimensional Scientific Visualizations on Large Display Surfaces

CAST: Effective and Efficient User Interaction for Context-Aware Selection in 3D Particle Clouds

Towards an Understanding of Augmented Reality Extensions for Existing 3D Data Analysis Tools

Towards an Understanding of Mobile Touch Navigation in a Stereoscopic Viewing Environment for 3D Data Exploration

Lightweight Relief Shearing for Enhanced Terrain Perception on Interactive Maps

Visualization on Interactive Surfaces: A Research Overview

Re-imagining the Scientific Visualization Interaction Paradigm

Data Visualization on Interactive Surfaces: A Research Agenda

Efficient Structure-Aware Selection Techniques for 3D Point Cloud Visualizations with 2DOF Input

A Design Study of Direct-Touch Interaction for Exploratory 3D Scientific Visualization

Touch Interaction with 3D Scientific Visualizations