The burgeoning field of Immersive Analytics investigates pragmatic opportunities at the intersections of virtual reality and data science. This graduate seminar invites students to interrogate the range of meanings evoked by the two terms “immersion” and “analytics.” How can we utilize VR, AR, and MR technologies to create more useful environments for analyzing datasets? Does a heightened sense of immersion have an affect our thinking? How do virtual environments enhance our ability to focus, to perceive, to collaborate, and to reason? What new visual analytics techniques can we invent to take advantage of these environments? Can spatial audio and haptic technologies further enhance immersive analytics experiences?
Students will read widely from seminal and contemporary writings on virtual reality, interactive narrative, network science, and information visualization. A final comprehensive project invites students to innovate in the use of immersive interaction and display technologies to assist in real-world data analysis tasks.