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Data Visualization Workshop - Simon Fraser University

Visualization Example - SFU Workshop May 2015


Speaker Info:

Alex Razoumov
Visualization Coordinator
Jean-Sebastien Mercier
Managing Director
Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics


WestGrid, the IRMACS Centre, and the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) are pleased to present a free hands-on workshop on scientific visualization and visual anlytics. All disciplines and experience levels are welcome. You do not need to be a current WestGrid account holder to participate in this workshop. Any researcher who is interested in learning more about tools and techniques for visualizing and interpreting data sets is invited to attend.

WestGrid's portion of the workshop will focus on  ParaView, an open source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. This workshop will explore the basics of creating 2- and 3-dimensional visualizations through hands-on exercises. Attendees will need to bring a laptop and should have ParaView installed on their laptop before the workshop. Wireless networking will be available during the workshop.

VIVA's portion of the workshop will focus on how to use visual analytics tools such as Trifacta, Tableau Public and Lumira Cloud. 

Workshop Highlights:

  • Scientific visualization overview 
  • ParaView overview.
        Includes discussion of:  
    • Volume rendering 
    • Data sets and formats 
    • 2D and 3D visualization
    • Creating a visualization pipeline
    • Python scripting in ParaView
    • Animation
    • Putting it all together
    • Remote visualization
  • Visual Analytics overview.
        Includes discussion of:
    • Using visual analytics for data wrangling: Trifacta
    • Using visual anaytics for data exploration: Tableau Public and Lumira Cloud
    • Visual analytics and statistics: how to avoid pitfalls

Workshop Agenda:

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm -- Scientific visualization overview and ParaView topics (includes a mid-morning refreshment break)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm -- Lunch (attendees are responsible for their own lunch)
  • 1:00 - 2:15 pm -- ParaView topics
  • 2:15 - 2:30 pm -- Break 
  • 2:30 - 4:30 pm -- Visual analytics topics