Participate in our Satellite Event!

Visualization Meets Vision Science

  • Location: Tradewinds Resort, Royal Tern Room, St. Pete’s Beach, FL, USA
  • Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Monday, May 20

Workshop Schedule:

2:00-2:05 pm: Introduction
2:05-2:11 pm: Open vs Closed Perceptual Categories Persist in the Context of Overplotting and with Real-World DataDavid Burlinson
2:17-2:23 pm: Perceptual averaging in visual communication: Ensemble representations in the perception of scientific data in graphs – Stefan Uddenberg
2:23-2:29 pm: Data Visualization in Introductory Psychology Textbooks – Jeremy Wilmer
2:29-2:35 pm: Using Analogies to Teach Novel GraphicsEmily Laitin
2:35-2:41 pm: Missing the forest and the trees in animated chartsNicole Jardine
2:41-2:47 pm: Exploring Attention on Large-scale Visualizations using ZoomMaps, a Zoomable Crowdsourced Interface – Anelise Newman
2:47-2:53 pm: The role of spatial organization for interpreting colormap data visualizations – Shannon Sibrel
2:53-3:08 pm: All presenters on panel Q&A
3:08-3:23 pm: Guest speaker Brian Fisher
3:23-3:38 pm: JOV special edition editor presentation and Q&A
3:38-4:30 pm: “Meet & Greet” with refreshments


Interdisciplinary work across vision science and data visualization has provided a new lens to advance our understanding of the capabilities and mechanisms of the visual system while simultaneously improving the ways we visualize data. Vision scientists can gain important insights about human perception by studying how people interact with visualized data. Vision science topics, including visual search, ensemble coding, multiple object tracking, color and shape perception, pattern recognition, and saliency, map directly to challenges encountered in visualization research.

VISxVISION is an initiative to encourage communication and collaboration between researchers from the vision science and the data visualization research communities. Building on the growing interest on this topic and the discussions inspired by our symposium last year “Vision and Visualization: Inspiring novel research directions in vision science,” this workshop aims to provide a platform to bring together vision science and visualization researchers to share cutting-edge research at this interdisciplinary intersection. We also encourage researchers to share vision science projects that have the potential to be applied to topics in data visualization.

This year’s workshop will consist of a series of lightning talks, followed by a Q&A session with the presenters. Attendees will then learn about conference and publication opportunities in this field: Brian Fisher will review the IEEE Vis conference and benefits of collaborating within data visualization, and Editors from the Journal of Vision’s upcoming special visualization edition will discuss publishing in this area. The workshop will conclude with a “meet & mingle” session with refreshments, intended to encourage more informal discussion among participants and to inspire interdisciplinary collaboration.

This event is being sponsored by Adobe Inc., the Visual Thinking Lab at Northwestern, and Colorado Boulder’s VisuaLab.