TU Wien:Information Visualization VO (Gschwandtner, Aigner, Miksch)

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Lecturers Theresia Gschwandtner, Wolfgang Aigner,Silvia Miksch, Christian Bors, Davide Ceneda,Alessio Arleo, Victor Schetinger
replaces Informationsvisualisierung VO (Aigner), Informationsvisualisierung VO (Gschwandtner), Informationsvisualisierung VO (Miksch)
Department Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology
When winter semester
Language English
Links tiss:188305
Master Media and Human-Centered Computing Pflichtmodul Theories of Perception, Interaction & Visualization
Master Data Science Wahlmodul VAST/FD - Visual Analytics and Semantic Technologies - Foundations
Master Business Informatics Wahlmodul DA/COR - Data Analytics Core
Master Visual Computing Wahlmodul Visualisierung - Vertiefung


You learn methods and techniques on how to visualize complex data sets (multivariate data, time-oriented data, geospatial, text and document data). In addition, you will gain knowledge about evaluation of visualization methods. At the end of the course, you will get a short detour into visual analytics.
In WS21, the following lectures took place:

  • Introduction
  • Perception & Cognition + Visual Encoding Principles
  • Geospatial, Text & Document Data Visualization
  • Multivariate Data Visualization
  • Time-Oriented Data Visualization
  • Hierarchy & Network Data Visualization
  • Human-Centered Visualization Design & Evaluation
  • Guest Lecture: Visual Data Science in Practice
  • Interaction, Distortion & Multiple-View Methods
  • Visual Analytics


WS21: There were 10 lectures, which were streamed via zoom. No recordings were provided. Additionally, the lecturers provided mandatory and additional material for each lecture. At the end of the semester, a multiple choice exam consisting of 45 questions (five per lecture) takes place online.

WS19: There are 10 lectures (excl. preliminary session) held by different lecturers. The are no multiple-choice tests anymore, only slides with examples to the according theoretical concepts.

WS18: There are 10 lectures (excl. preliminary session) held by different lecturers. The are weekly multiple-choice tests (8 in total) about the content of last lecture. Tests are available online on TUWEL. Tests were available at 16:15 and you have 7 minutes time for each test. You can do the test anywhere. No points deduction for incorrect answers. During the semester, you can miss 2 tests which can be redone at the end of the semester.

SS13: There are 10 lectures held by two different lecturers. At the beginning of the lecture, there was always a multiple-choice test (5 questions) on the lecture of previous week (slides, lecture, and mandatory readings). That means, in total there are 9 tests with each 5 questions (à 3 points)

Benötigte/Empfehlenswerte Vorkenntnisse[edit]



WS21 Same as in WS19, the lecture quality depends on lecturers

WS19: 10 lectures with alternating lecturers, which were pretty good. This semester the lectures were held in English. Questions from students will be answered.

SS13: 10 lectures with two alternating lecturers

Older: All three lecturers are pretty good presenters. They refer to questions from students (which was not difficult since there were at max. 10 students in the room). The content is very interesting.

Prüfung, Benotung[edit]

WS18: Weekly multiple-choice tests (in total 8 tests * 5 questions; each question 3 points), but no final exam.

SS13: The multiple-choice tests (see ‘Ablauf’), which is the result for the final grade. You can miss 3 tests, which can be redone at the subsequent lecture in parallel with the other test (you get a bit more time).

Older: The scheme is pretty much the same for each exam.

  • Descriptions of concepts (you might need to name examples)
  • A practical example - given problem statement, problem solution is requested…


  • Visiting lectures (90 minutes/week) and
  • reading the slides few times (maaaaaany slides)

WS21: In this semester, the amount of mandatory material was enormous, with multiple videos, papers and articles per topic, which results in way more than 28 hours of reading as suggested in Tiss.


WS19: Slides and other material on TUWEL.

The documents are available during the whole semester:

  • Slides ( Making own notes is quite useful, because the slides are extensive )
  • Mandatory literature (in English); text extracts of books, detailed description of topics which are presented during the lecture. Reading all of them takes much time, therefore it is recommended to visit the lectures.
  • Additional documents which are available at the secretariat - interesting, but not really necessary in order to succeed the course.


Making own notes during the lecture is very useful in regards to the exam. Not everything is mentioned in the slides and also, there are maaaaaany slides

SS14: There was no exam at the end, only multiple-choice tests during the semester. Therefore, you need to be present at the beginning of each lecture for the test. The test can be succeeded if you were at the lecture and 20-30 minutes of reading the slides.

Verbesserungsvorschläge / Kritik[edit]

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