PhD Qualifying Examination
Title: "A Survey on Animation in Visual Data Storytelling"
Mr. Wenchao LI
The merits of storytelling are known to explain concepts, aid memory,
create emotional connection, and spread values in different domains.
Storytelling is also gaining popularity in the field of data visualization
to enhance understanding and present complex data in an engaging manner.
To tell compelling data stories, an increasing number of data
visualizations have started using animation as a storytelling tactic.
Animation is widely adopted to illustrate processes and communicate
changes due to its inherent nature of presenting temporal evolution over
time. While it is commonly used for data stories in practice, the roles of
animation in data storytelling have not been systematically studied.
In this survey, we discuss recent developments in storytelling and
animation techniques that aim to facilitate compelling data stories. We
introduce the data story model and provide an organized review of
animation techniques in data storytelling. The survey specifically focuses
on the roles of animation in the visual data storytelling process, which
include describing data, revealing insights, and evoking emotions. In
addition, we discuss the challenges and potential research opportunities
of designing effective animation for visual data storytelling.
Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Venue: Room 2408
Committee Members: Prof. Huamin Qu (Supervisor)
Prof. Chiew-Lan Tai (Chairperson)
Dr. Xiaojuan Ma
Dr. Pedro Sander
**** ALL are Welcome ****