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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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January 25, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Petra Isenberg, Research Scientist, INRIA

Title: Collaborative Information Visualization

Abstract: Information visualization is a research area that focuses on making structures and content of large and complex data sets visually understandable and interactively analyzable.  While the research area has traditionally focused on supporting individuals, it is becoming increasingly necessary to support teams during data analysis activities.

In my talk I will define the emerging research area of collaborative visualization, point out a number of social and technical challenges, indicate ways to address them, and show examples of my recent research results in face-to-face collaboration with large interactive displays.

Biography: Petra Isenberg is a research scientist at INRIA, the French National Research Institute for Computer Science.  Prior to joining INRIA, Petra received her PhD from the University of Calgary in 2009 and her Diploma-degree in Computational Visualistics from the University of Magdeburg in 2004. Her main research area is information visualization and visual analytics with a focus on collaborative work scenarios. She is interested in exploring how people can most effectively work together when analyzing large and complex data sets on novel display technology such as touch-screens or tabletops.