Steve Haroz (Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris)
We are honoured to receive Steve Haroz for this talk.
Bio: Steve Haroz is a postdoc researcher at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. His research explores how the brain perceives and understands visually displayed information like charts and infographics.
He got his PhD on perception and attention for data visualization at UC Davis working with David Whitney, and he had a previous postdoc in the Psychology Department at Northwestern University working with Steve Franconeri.
We routinely encounter visual information in the form of charts, maps, and infographics. But the guidelines for creating these visual representations often rely on unsubstantiated opinions and traditions without a clear origin. I will instead describe a more scientific approach to forming guidelines by understanding how the human visual system works. Following a short introduction to visual perception and cognition, I’ll describe some of my research into understanding whether data visualization guidelines accurately correspond how the brain works.