Miriah Meyer, a professor at the Visualization Design Lab of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, which is also part of the internationally renowned SCI Institute (Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute), followed the invitation of the Institute of Creative\Media/Technologies and visited the St. Pölten UAS on April 24, 2019.
Wolfgang Aigner, Head of the Institute at the St. Pölten UAS, was delighted to welcome the international expert in the area of Visualization / Visual Computing from Utah. “Prof. Miriah Meyer is a leading figure in the international visualization research community. The Design Study methodology she co-developed shaped our field deeply and is the guiding method we apply in our own visualization research projects at the Institute of Creative\Media/Technologies. Her research visit allowed for fruitful discussions and knowledge exchange in a number of areas.”
Lecture on “Research through Visualization Design Study”
Miriah Meyer, TED Fellow and internationally renowned expert in Data Visualization, is currently spending her sabbatical at the University of Vienna. In the framework of her visit, she exchanged views with researchers of the St. Pölten UAS and was provided with an insight into the latest research activities and the laboratories of the St. Pölten UAS.
In addition, she gave a lecture on “Research through Visualization Design Study” for UAS staff members working in administration, teaching and research as well as students in which she talked about her research topic and current projects.
"Designing effective visualization systems requires a careful consideration of factors beyond basic perceptional principles and software functionality - it requires deeply understanding the needs, intuitions, and goals of target users. Visualization design studies are a methodical approach for acquiring this understanding", says Meyer. In this talk, she discussed the way they conduct design studies in her group, and how they use what they learn to contribute new visualization knowledge. She highlighted open challenges for conducting design study research, and proposed a new model for achieving rigor in this messy, iterative, and emergent research approach.