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VAST Best Paper 2012

The highly innovative application of movement analysis methods developed at Fraunhofer IAIS to new application fields, in this case eye movement tracking used e.g. for usability studies, has been bestowed the Best Paper award of the 2012 IEEE VisWeek's VAST conference:


Gennady Andrienko, Natalia Andrienko, Michael Burch, Daniel Weiskopf:
Visual Analytics Methodology for Eye Movement Studies
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proceedings IEEE VAST 2012),
vol. 18(12), pp.2889-2898, Dec. 2012


Find more background information on our methodology as well as supplemental material to the paper here.


VAST 2011 Best Paper

Gennady Andrienko, Natalia Andrienko, Christophe Hurter, Salvatore Rinzivillo, Stefan Wrobel
From Movement Tracks through Events to Places: Extracting and Characterizing Significant Places from Mobility Data IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST 2011)

An extended version addressing the scalability issues has been published as
Scalable Analysis of Movement Data for Extracting and Exploring Significant Places
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2013, v. 19(7), pp.1078-1094


VAST 2010 Honourable Mention

Gennady Andrienko, Natalia Andrienko, Martin Mladenov, Michael Mock, Christian Poelitz
Discovering Bits of Place Histories from People's Activity Traces
IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST 2010)

An extended version addressing the sensitivity to parameters has been published as
Identifying Place Histories from Activity Traces with an Eye to Parameter Impact
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 2012, v.18 (5), pp.675-688


January 2009: two new projects of our group focused on applying visual analytics in forestry:
1) FPS Action FP0804 Forest Management Decision Support Systems (FORSYS)
2) JRC tender: Determination of forest fire causes and harmonization of methods for reporting them


December 2008: Start of a new project of our group:
ViAMoD - Visual Spatiotemporal Pattern Analysis of Movement and Event Data, 2008 - 2014
Topic: Visual analytics methods to support the spatiotemportal analysis of movements in a physical space, in particular in a geographical space
DFG SPP Visual Analytics
 - slides of the project presentation at the DFG SPP Visual Analytics kick-off meeting in Dagstuhl, December 2008


November 2008: 
1) Special Issue "Geovisualization of Dynamics, Movement and Change", Information Visualization, 2008, v.7 (3/4), pp.173-286

2) Presentation "Geospatial Visual Analytics and Geovisualization in VisMaster" at the ICT conference in Lyon: slides

October 2008:

1) IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology VAST'08 challenge award for "Tool Integration" has been presented to IAIS in category "Evacuation Traces Mini-Challenge", details at

2) A course on geospatial visual analytics has been taught in KTH Stockholm. Course slides are available at, section "Lectures"

September 2008: Geospatial Visual Analytics Workshop @ GIScience (23 September 2008, Utah) & Special issue of CaGIS (July 2009) (provisional issue Vol.36 No.3).


May 2008: GeoVisualization of Dynamics, Movement and Change. Workshop at the AGILE 2008 Conference (May 5, 2008, Girona, Spain) and Special Issue of the Information Visualization journal (provisional issue Vol.7 No.3).


March 2008: Slides of the presentation Visual Analytics in Fraunhofer IAIS at the Fraunhofer Visual Analytics workshop in Munich


February 2008: Our research group organizes a workshop on GeoVisualization of Dynamics, Movement and Change at the AGILE conference in Girona (May 5, 2008). Extended abstracts of 20 accepted presentations are available online already. A special issue of the Information Visualization journal is in preparation.


January 2008: We are organizing a workshop on GeoSpatial Visual Analytics at the GIScience conference in Utah, September 2008 and preparing a special issue of Cartography and GIScience (July 2009).