Our research investigates how people design and use visualization interfaces. We are interested in studying how visualization designers engage in their design work, and how to support them in their design processes. We are also interested in investigating how people understand and reason with visualizations, and how interacting with visualizations influences thinking processes.

Research Areas

We investigate ways of designing visualizations, focusing particularly on design supports that designers use while creating visualizations. Some of our work in this area investigates design cognition, where we are interested in the cognitive processes and conceptual tools that designers use while engaged in design activities. Other aspects of our work in this area are aimed at developing design supports (frameworks, methods, patterns, etc.) to help designers create visualization interfaces. We have also recently been investigating how information visualization practitioners carry out their design work.

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2018

Parsons, Paul; Hung, Ya-Hsin; Baigelenov, Ali

Toward an Analysis of Practitioner-Oriented Resources for Visualization Design Conference

IEEE VIS ’18: Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE Conference on Information Visualization, Poster Abstracts, Berlin, Germany, 2018.

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2016

Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul

Design of Visualizations for Human-Information Interaction: A Pattern-Based Framework Journal Article

Synthesis Lectures on Visualization, 4 (1), pp. 1–185, 2016, ISSN: 2159-516X.

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2015

Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran; Didandeh, Arman; Khosravi, Arash

Interactivity in Visual Analytics: Use of Conceptual Frameworks to Support Human-Centered Design of a Decision-Support Tool Inproceedings

Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, pp. 1138–1147, IEEE, 2015.

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2014

Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran

Adjustable properties of visual representations: Improving the quality of human-information interaction Journal Article

Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65 (3), pp. 455–482, 2014, ISSN: 23301635, (arXiv: 0803.1716 ISBN: 978-0-88986-920-2).

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2013

Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul

Interaction Design for Complex Cognitive Activities with Visual Representations: A Pattern-Based Approach Journal Article

AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 5 (2), pp. 84–133, 2013.

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2012

Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul; Babanski, Alex

Towards a characterization of interactivity in visual analytics Journal Article

Journal of Multimedia Processing Technologies, 3 (1), pp. 12–28, 2012.

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We investigate how people make sense of visual representations and how people think and reason with visual information. Some of our work in this area examines the cognitive structures and processes that people use to understand and think with visualizations. Other aspects of our work in this area focus on studying how interaction with visual information influences cognition.

Related Publications

2018

Parsons, Paul

Promoting Representational Fluency for Cognitive Bias Mitigation in Information Visualization Incollection

Ellis, Geoffrey (Ed.): Cognitive Biases in Visualizations, pp. 137–147, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2018, ISBN: 978-3-319-95830-9 978-3-319-95831-6.

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Parsons, Paul

Conceptual Metaphor Theory as a Foundation for Communicative Visualization Design Conference

IEEE VIS Workshop on Visualization for Communication (VisComm), Berlin, Germany, 2018.

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2017

Saenz, Michael; Baigelenov, Ali; Hung, Ya-Hsin; Parsons, Paul

Reexamining the cognitive utility of 3D visualizations using augmented reality holograms Inproceedings

IEEE VIS Workshop on Immersive Analytics, pp. 5, Phoenix, AZ, 2017.

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Baigelenov, Ali; Saenz, Michael; Hung, Ya-Hsin; Parsons, Paul

Toward an Understanding of Observational Advantages in Information Visualization Conference

IEEE VIS ’17: Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE Conference on Information Visualization, Poster Abstracts, Phoenix, AZ, 2017.

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Hung, Ya-Hsin; Parsons, Paul

Evaluating User Engagement in Information Visualization Using Mixed Methods Inproceedings

IEEE VIS ’17: Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE Conference on Information Visualization, Poster Abstracts, pp. 2, Phoenix, AZ, 2017.

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Hung, Ya-Hsin; Parsons, Paul

Assessing User Engagement in Information Visualization Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1708–1717, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-4503-4656-6.

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2016

Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul; Liang, Hai-Ning; Morey, Jim

Supporting Sensemaking of Complex Objects with Visualizations: Visibility and Complementarity of Interactions Journal Article

Informatics, 3 (4), pp. 20, 2016.

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We investigate how to design visualization tools for learning purposes, with a focus on interface design and interaction design. We are interested in studying how different ways of visually representing information influence learning, and how interactive interfaces can be designed to influence cognition in desirable ways.

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2018

Vieira, Camilo; Parsons, Paul; Byrd, Vetria

Visual learning analytics of educational data: A systematic literature review and research agenda Journal Article

Computers & Education, 122 , pp. 119–135, 2018, ISSN: 03601315.

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2015

Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran; Mercer, Robert E; Khordad, Maryam; Knoll, Joan; Rogan, Peter

Visual analytics for supporting evidence-based interpretation of molecular cytogenomic findings Conference

Proceedings of the 2015 Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC ’15) at IEEE VIS 2015, 2015.

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2014

Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul; Dittmer, Mark; Haworth, Robert

Human-centered interactivity of visualization tools: Micro- and macro-level considerations Incollection

Huang, Weidong (Ed.): Handbook of Human-Centric Visualization, pp. 717–743, Springer, New York, 2014.

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2013

Haworth, Robert; Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran

Design of digital cognitive games: Some considerations Journal Article

International Journal of Cognitive Technology, 18 (1), pp. 22–27, 2013.

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2012

Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran

The Role of Interactive Representations in Cognitive Tools for Learning Incollection

Abramovich, S (Ed.): Computers in Education, pp. 27–46, Hauppauge, NY, 2012.

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Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul

Enhancing the epistemic utility of physical information spaces through digital information interfaces Inproceedings

IASTED Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, pp. 8, Baltimore, MD, 2012.

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2011

Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran

Human-information interaction: An emerging focus for educational cognitive tools Incollection

Mendez-Villa, A (Ed.): Education in a technological world: Communicating current and emerging research and technological efforts, pp. 245–251, Formatex, Badajoz, Spain, 2011.

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2010

Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul

Representations of Information Spaces in Educational Tools Inproceedings

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, pp. 905–910, 2010.

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Liang, Hai-Ning; Parsons, Paul; Wu, H -C; Sedig, Kamran

An exploratory study of interactivity in visualization tools: ‘Flow’ of interaction Journal Article

Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 21 (1), pp. 5–45, 2010.

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Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran

Utility of Interaction in Knowledge-Oriented Activities Inproceedings

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, pp. 895–904, 2010.

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We often conduct research on topics that do not fit neatly into the other categories. These include game design, information visualization pedagogy, UX pedagogy, augmented reality, health and medical informatics, and user engagement.

Related Publications

2019

Gray, Colin M; Parsons, Paul; Toombs, Austin

Building a Holistic Design Identity Through Integrated Studio Education Book Chapter Forthcoming

Hokanson, B; Clinton, G (Ed.): Educational Technology Beyond Content, AECT, Bloomington, IN, Forthcoming.

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2018

Gray, Colin; Parsons, Paul; Toombs, Austin

Spiraling the Integrated Development of Research Skills in Undergraduate Design Education Inproceedings

Decipher: 2018 Design Educators Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, 2018.

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2017

Vorvoreanu, Mihaela; Gray, Colin M; Parsons, Paul; Rasche, Nancy

Advancing UX Education: A Model for Integrated Studio Pedagogy Conference

Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’17 ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-4503-4655-9.

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Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul; Haworth, Robert

Player–Game Interaction and Cognitive Gameplay: A Taxonomic Framework for the Core Mechanic of Videogames Journal Article

Informatics, 4 (1), pp. 4, 2017.

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Demelo, Jonathan; Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran

Ontology-Driven Search and Triage: Design of a Web-Based Visual Interface for MEDLINE Journal Article

JMIR Medical Informatics, 5 (1), 2017, ISSN: 2291-9694.

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Vieira, Camilo; Parsons, Paul; Byrd, Vetria

Exploring Important and Difficult Concepts to Learn in Information Visualization Inproceedings

IEEE VIS ’17: Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE Conference on Information Visualization, Poster Abstracts, pp. 4, Phoenix, AZ, 2017.

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2015

Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran; Mercer, Robert E; Khordad, Maryam; Knoll, Joan; Rogan, Peter

Visual analytics for supporting evidence-based interpretation of molecular cytogenomic findings Conference

Proceedings of the 2015 Workshop on Visual Analytics in Healthcare (VAHC ’15) at IEEE VIS 2015, 2015.

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Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul; Naimi, Anthony; Willoughby, Keith

Reconsidering healthcare evidence as dynamic and distributed: the role of information and cognition Journal Article

International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 13 (2), pp. 43–51, 2015, ISSN: 1744-1609, (ISBN: 0000000000000).

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2013

Haworth, Robert; Parsons, Paul; Sedig, Kamran

Design of digital cognitive games: Some considerations Journal Article

International Journal of Cognitive Technology, 18 (1), pp. 22–27, 2013.

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2012

Sedig, Kamran; Parsons, Paul; Dittmer, Mark; Ola, Oluwakemi

Beyond information access: Support for complex cognitive activities in public health informatics tools Journal Article

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 4 (3), pp. 23, 2012.

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