Visualization of Activity over Time

My current research examines interactive visualization of activity over time.

The ability to record human activity has been extended it into situations that have typically not been accessible to digital technology, enabling examination of fine detail of action captured in real-world settings. This recording can be for personal purposes, to understand one’s own activity for reflection or task resumption, such as perusing one’s web browser history of. This recording can also be for research purposes, to better understand human behavior when performing real-world, situated tasks.

A promising way to improve our ability to understand all of this information is interactive information visualization, taking advantage of the the interactive possibilities made possible by modern computers to show trends in data and invite people to explore data in a variety of ways.

My research seeks to answer two complementary questions: How should multiple streams of activity over time be visualized? and How does interaction with this visualization affect one’s understanding of the data?