Immersive Analytics: A new multidisciplinary initiative to explore future interaction technologies for data analytics


Just another NII Shonan Meeting – Seminar site


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Several research directions are concerned with the development of methods to support the analysis of overwhelming data, including machine learning, information and data visualisation, data analytics and human computer interaction. However, there is still a major gap to fill: how can we immerse analysts in the data in order to provide more natural exploration, analysis and collaboration?
In recent years we have seen significant advances in the development of new technologies for human-computer interfaces. We have rapidly progressed from expensive immersive visualisation facilities like “CAVE”s to cheap head-mounted displays and motion tracking control devices able to provide similarly, or in some cases more, immersive experiences that are affordable to the public or small businesses. In response to these advances, we propose a new facet of data analytics research that we call “Immersive Analytics”. This new research direction explores how these new display and interaction technologies can be used to create more engaging experiences and seamless work-flows for data analysis applications.
 The aim of this meeting is to create a community of researchers into immersive analytics by bringing together experts from the human computer interaction, information visualisation, augmented reality and visual analytics communities from Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania; as well as domain experts from application areas that require analysis of complex data sets.
During the meeting, we will prepare the compilation of an Immersive Analytics manifesto, and investigate the potential and the challenges of Immersive Analytics for research and commercial applications.


T. Chandler et al., Immersive Analytics, IEEE Big Data Visual Analytics conference, Hobart, 2015.


The following is a preliminary schedule, more detailed information might be added closer to the seminar date.

14 February (Sunday)

Check-in and welcome reception (7pm, all participants)

15 February (Monday)

Seminar start, welcome, introductory presentations, and working groups

  • 9:00: Opening
  • 9:20: Individual introductions (all participants, 90 seconds each)
  • 10:00: Introduction to Immersive Analytics and goals of the meeting (Kim Marriott)
  • 10:30: Coffee Break
  • 11:00: Invited talks: VR+VA  (Wolfgang Stuerzlinger), IV+VA (Chris Collins)
  • 12:00: Lunch
  • 13:30: Group discussions
  • 14:00: Working group discussions – IA Research Agenda
  • 15:00: Reports from each group
  • 15:30: Coffee Break
  • 16:00: Book discussion: Define book chapters, present general book structure
  • 17:00: Define working groups according to chapter topics
  • 18:00: Dinner

16 February (Tuesday)

Working groups, discussions, presentations

  • 9:00: Recap from Monday
  • 9:15: Applications presentations
    • Biochemistry: Yang Cheng and Shen Lingling
    • Biology: Oliver Kohlbacher
    • Cultural Heritage: Tom Chandler
    • Software Engineering: Tim Dwyer
    • Situated Analytics: Bruce H. Thomas
  • 10:00: Group based discussion: how does IA map onto these areas?
  • 10:30: Coffee Break
  • 11:00: Working groups
  • 11:30: Progress reports
  • 12:00: Group Photo
  • 12:15: Lunch
  • 13:30: Working groups (5-6 groups)
  • 15:30: Coffee Break
  • 16:00: Working groups
  • 17:00: Progress reports
  • 18:00: Dinner
  • Short informal after dinner talk

17 February (Wednesday)

Working groups, reports until lunch, excursion

  • 9:00: Recap from Tuesday
  • 9:15: Working groups
  • 10:30: Coffee Break
  • 11:00: Working groups
  • 11:30: Progress reports
  • 12:00: Lunch
  • 13:30: Excursion (includes dinner)
  • 19:00: Dinner

18 February (Thursday)

Working groups, discussions, presentations and planning beyond the seminar

  • 9:00: Recap from Wednesday
  • 9:15: Working groups
  • 10:30: Coffee Break
  • 11:00: Working groups
  • 11:30: Progress reports


The seminar closes with the final lunch (12pm)


Takayuki Itoh Ochanomizu University
Kim Marriott Monash University
Falk Schreiber Monash University
Uwe Wössner University of Stuttgart
Tom Chandler Monash University
Christopher Collins University of Ontario
Tobias Czauderna Monash University
Tim Dwyer Monash University
Masahiko Itoh The University of Tokyo
Andreas Kerren Linnaeus University
Karsten Klein Monash University
Oliver Kohlbacher University of Tuebingen
Torsten Kuhlen RWTH Aachen
Jon McCormack Monash University
Miguel Nacenta University of St Andrews
Wolfgang Stuerzlinger Simon Fraser University
Bruce Thomas University of South Australia
Chris Weaver The University of Oklahoma
Yang Cheng China Novartis Biomedical Research Institute
Masahiko Inami Keio University
Shen Lingling China Novartis Biomedical Research Institute
Harald Reiterer Konstanz University
Gerik Scheuermann Leipzig University
Guido Reina Stuttgart University
Jian Chen University of Maryland
Marcel Hlawatsch University of Stuttgart