Visualization meets HCI - A survey


Information Visualisation is the study of (interactive) visual representations of abstract data to reinforce human cognition. Interaction plays a crucial role in visualization in supporting scientists in exploring their simulation data. Human–computer interaction (HCI) studies the design and use of computer technology, focused on the interfaces between people (users) and computers. There is a increasingly strong link between these two branches of research: several recent papers submitted at VIS conference deal with interaction and HCI, and CHI (one of the major venues interested in HCI - among other things) has now its own VIS subcommunity. VIS and HCI together can help creating visualization systems that empower those who use them.

Broadening the scope of interaction comes with research opportunities and challenges for visualization. Interactions should account for a broad spectrum of user profiles and support meaningful and fluent interaction means, always considering that offering too many allowable actions may result in increased interface complexity and distract from thinking and reflection.


The aim of this project is to investigate on the link between visualization and HCI, highlighting the current research directions, present and future challenges from a visualization oriented perspective.

Other information

  • Comba, Joao, and Daniel Weiskopf. "The Past and Future of Visualization for Computing in Science and Engineering." Computing in Science & Engineering 22.3 (2020): 94-99.
  • Dimara, Evanthia, and Charles Perin. "What is interaction for data visualization?." IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics 26.1 (2019): 119-129.
  • Perer, Adam, and Shixia Liu. "Visualization in data science." IEEE Computer Architecture Letters 39.05 (2019): 18-19.
  • Löwgren, Jonas. "Visualization and HCI: A brief survey." Draft, Linköping University (1996).
  • Freitas, Carla MDS, Marcelo S. Pimenta, and Dominique L. Scapin. "User-centered evaluation of information visualization techniques: Making the HCI-InfoVis connection explicit." Handbook of human centric visualization. Springer, New York, NY, 2014. 315-336.
  • When Visualization Meets HCI

Further information

Information Visualization (IV)
Visual Analytics (VA)