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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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November 17, 2010

Speaker: Dr. Fanny Chevalier, OCAD University

Title: The use of smooth animated transitions and simple interactions in information visualization to support rich visual exploration

Abstract: There has been an effort in the past decade to make Information Visualization tools accessible to casual users. One of the most significant examples is the ManyEyes website, where anyone can easily upload, visualize and discuss about data. However, expert users argue that these tools are of a little interest for research purposes, as they become quickly limited, and do not support extensive visual exploration.

I will present how information visualization tools can benefit from smooth animated transitions and rich interaction techniques to support complex visual analysis tasks while providing a simple and consistent interface at an easy reach of non-expert users. Two interactive visualization tools will be used as an illustration of the concept: 1) Diffamation, for navigating through document histories, and 2) GraphDice, designed for Multi-Variate Social Network Analysis.

Biography: Fanny Chevalier is a post-doctoral researcher in Information Visualization at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD-U), Toronto. After obtaining her PhD in Graph Theory applied to Multimedia in Bordeaux, France, she joined INRIA in Paris, France as a post-doc in Information Visualization and Human-Computer Interaction. Her main research interests are text visualization, large network visualization and interaction, interactive visual interfaces, animation and visualization for collaborative online environments. At OCAD-U, in Toronto, she is currently working closely with artists and designers on text visualization.