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.

CMPM 290A is taught by Prof. Angus Forbes. His office hours are on Wednesdays at 11am in E2-259, or by appointment.

CMPM 290A is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:40am to 1:15pm in Social Sciences 2, Room 363.

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UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me privately during my office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At this time, I would also like us to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course. I encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089, or by email at