Keynote Speaker: Min Chen, Oxford University
Title: Four Levels of Visualization
Abstract: In this talk, the speaker will examine the objectives of visualization at four different levels, namely, 1. disseminative, 2. observational, 3. analytical and 4. model-developmental levels. A widespread understanding is Level 1, while a common omission is Level 4, which is the latest hot topic in visual analytics. The speaker will use several visualization applications (including some works by Chinese researchers) to illustrate the different emphases of these four levels, and offer an answer to the elusive question "what is visualization really for?"
Bio: Min Chen developed his academic career in Wales between 1984 and 2011. He is currently the professor of scientific visualization at Oxford University and a fellow of Pembroke College. His research interests include visualization, computer graphics and human-computer interaction. He has co-authored some 200 publications, including his recent contributions in areas such as theory of visualization, video visualization, visual analytics, and perception and cognition in visualization. He has worked on a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary research topics, ranging from the sciences to sports, and from digital humanities to cybersecurity. His services to the research community include papers co-chair of IEEE Visualization 2007 and 2008, Eurographics 2011, IEEE VAST 2014 and 2015; co-chair of Volume Graphics 1999 and 2006, EuroVis 2014; associate editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics; and co-director of Wales Research Institute of Visual Computing. He is currently an editor-in-chief of Computer Graphics Forum. He is a fellow of British Computer Society, European Computer Graphics Association, and Learned Society of Wales.