Immersive Analytics - Handheld, Open-Standards and Web-based
Visualization researchers need to develop and adapt to today’s new devices and tomorrow’s interface technology. Today, people interact with visual depictions mainly through a mouse and, gradually, by touch. Tomorrow, they will be touching, grasping, feeling, hearing, smelling, and even tasting data.
This theme explores the concept of immersive, multisensory, post-WIMP visualization and investigates how information visualization can employ different display and presentation technologies, such as head-mounted displays, projection systems, wearables, tabletop displays and haptic interfaces. We are currently exploring different technologies that could enable IA in different scenarios.
The <VRIA> Web-based framework for Immersive Analytics
We are especially interested in using web technologies, such as WebVR/XR, for prototyping. We (with our colaborator Peter Butcher from the University of Chester) have been been working towards the development of an open-standards web-based framework, called <VRIA>, that facilitates the creation of virtual spaces suited for immersive analytics.
Currently <VRIA> supports 3D bar charts and multivariate scatter plots with more visualization types planned. Every visualization component has a corresponding set of interaction components which can be configured in the visualization configuration file. New interactions can be written with A-Frame and React and added to your application with <VRIA>'s API.
With a number of enhancements planned, in the next phase we are looking to build more 3D visualization components, along with corresponding interaction mechanisms. We also plan to integrate features that allow collaborative tasks in VR space. More information on the <VRIA> framework can be found here, as we complete the work.
Stand-alone Web-based MR Prototypes
For more info about our IA projects contact Dr Panagiotis Ritsos, here.
P. W. S. Putcher, N. W. John, and P. D. Ritsos, “Towards a Framework for Immersive Analytics on the Web,” in Posters presented at the IEEE Conference on Visualization (IEEE VIS 2018), Berlin, Germany, 2018.
P. D. Ritsos, J. Mearman, J. R. Jackson, and J. C. Roberts, “Synthetic Visualizations in Web-based Mixed Reality,” in Immersive Analytics: Exploring Future Visualization and Interaction Technologies for Data Analytics Workshop, IEEE Conference on Visualization (VIS), October 1-6, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 2017, 2017.
P. D. Ritsos, J. Mearman, J. Jackson, and J. C. Roberts, “Web-based Immersive Analytics in Handheld Augmented Reality,” in Posters presented at the IEEE Conference on Visualization (VIS), October 1-6, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 2017.
P. W. Butcher and P. D. Ritsos, “Building Immersive Data Visualizations for the Web,” in Proceedings of International Conference on Cyberworlds (CW’17), Chester, UK, 2017.
P. W. S. Butcher, J. C. Roberts, and P. D. Ritsos, “Immersive Analytics with WebVR and Google Cardboard,” in Posters presented at the IEEE Conference on Visualization (IEEE VIS 2016), Baltimore, MD, USA, 2016.
J. C. Roberts, P. D. Ritsos, S. K. Badam, D. Brodbeck, J. Kennedy, and N. Elmqvist, “Visualization beyond the Desktop–the Next Big Thing,” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 26–34, Nov. 2014.
J. C. Roberts, J. W. Mearman, and P. D. Ritsos, “The desktop is dead, long live the desktop! – Towards a multisensory desktop for visualization,” in Death of the Desktop Workshop, IEEE Conference on Visualization, Paris, France, 2014.
P. D. Ritsos, J. W. Mearman, A. Vande Moere, and J. C. Roberts, “Sewn with Ariadne’s Thread - Visualizations for Wearable & Ubiquitous Computing,” in Death of the Desktop Workshop, IEEE Conference on Visualization, Paris, France, 2014.