Scientific Visualization

A.Y. 2023/2024
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course has two main purposes. The first purpose is to introduce the main data visualization techniques, which, when properly used, can allow both the visual analysis of the data, in order to discover the relevant information and relationships they express, and the effective dissemination of the obtained results. For each type of chart, its main features, functionalities and (appropriate) uses will be presented. The second purpose of the course is to provide the basic concepts for the design of "information dashboards"; they are (interactive) applications allowing a (in real time) monitoring of a system, through the (interactive and real-time) visualization of a set of system performance metrics.
Expected learning outcomes
After the course the student must be able to choose the proper graph depending on the data to be analyzed or displayed. He must be capable of designing a visually informative information dashboard for system performace assessment
Single course

This course can be attended as a single course.

Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Information Visualization and Data Visualization: similarities and differences.
Visualization and Perception.
Color and Color Perception.
Plots and graphs for data visualization e for dataset comparison: main components, characteristics, usage, advantages and drawbacks.
Infographics: descriptions and main characteristics.

Visual data analysis: classic techniques and state-of-the-art techniques.
Critical Analysis of state-of-the-art works introducing visualization techniques in scientific fields.
Open Data
Graph Visualization
Neural Network Visualization

Labs: data visualization examples (based on real problems)
Prerequisites for admission
Basics of math, linear algebra, vector geometry (operations between vectors, scalar product, etc.).
Suggested Courses: Statistics, Matematics, Programming
Teaching methods
Lectures suggested frequency
Teaching Resources
Assessment methods and Criteria
individual spoken-enquiry + project (in groups of 2-4 persons) where students will visualize a dataset, which can be chosen according to personal interests. Project and enquiry will have the same contribution in the final grade, which will be notified after the project discussion and the spoken inquiry. Grades will be: negative, 18
During the oral examination the level of understanding of the topics will be assessed.
The evaluation of the project will concern the tools used to carry out the project and the relevance of the project presentation to the topics covered in the lectures
INF/01 - INFORMATICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Casiraghi Elena
Educational website(s)
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