Scientific and Information visualization are branches of computer graphics and user interfaces which are concerned with the presentation of interactive or animated digital images to help users understand data. They often are used by scientists to help interpret huge quantities of scientific or laboratory data or the results of sensors to aid reasoning, hypothesis, and cognition. Information overload refers to having too much information to make a decision or remain informed about a topic. End-users today face information overload in a variety of domains, whether it's managing their e-mail or appointments, browsing their own collection of digital photographs, authoring new presentations from hundreds of existing presentations, or making sense of a myriad of collected web-pages. The same information visualization techniques useful for domain experts in understanding their data can be adapted to help end-users deal with the large amounts of information that they face. This talk will focus of 3 very different domains - digital photographs, presentations, and web research and look at ways that interfaces can be built that exploit techniques of information visualization.
Dr. Steven M. Drucker
Dr. Steven M. Drucker is a Principal Scientist in LiveLabs Research Group at Microsoft. He is working on user interaction and information visualization for web based projects. Previously, he was the lead researcher for the Next Media Research Group in Microsoft Research for 6 years where he has looked at how the addition of user interaction transforms conventional media. He is particularly interested in database visualization for consumers or where art meets technology for user interfaces. While in the group, he has filed 38 patents and published papers on technologies as diverse as remotely operated personal video recorders, spectator oriented gaming, and new visualization techniques for media databases. Prior to that, he was the lead researcher in the Virtual Worlds Group also in Microsoft Research. During his tenure there he helped architect a platform for multi-user virtual environments, filed an additional 12 patents, and published papers in subjects ranging from architectures for multi-user, multimedia systems to online social interaction. Before coming to Microsoft, he received his Ph.D. from the Computer Graphics and Animation Group at the MIT Media Lab in May 1994. His thesis research was on intelligent camera control interfaces for graphical environments. Dr. Drucker graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Neurosciences from Brown University and went on to complete his masters at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT doing research in robot learning. His published papers have been in such areas as information visualization, multi-user environments, online social interaction, hypermedia research, human and robot perceptual capabilities, robot learning, parallel computer graphics, and human interfaces for camera control.