Data Visualization on Mobile Devices Workshop @ CHI 2018

The Data Visualization on Mobile Devices workshop at CHI 2018 is intended to be a platform to exchange information and experiences, to stimulate discussion, and to answer the following questions:

This workshop will bring participants with diverse backgrounds together to identify the most pressing mobile visualization challenges that evolve out of practice and to establish opportunities for future collaboration. To see what we have planned, check out our Program.


Call for Participation | Workshop Organizers | Program


Workshop Abstract

Researchers across several HCI-related communities have investigated various aspects of data visualization on mobile devices. Yet, we are far from leveraging the full potential of mobile devices in satisfying the growing demand for visual access to data on small displays. As mobile visualization becomes more common and new mobile device form factors and hardware capabilities emerge in the coming years, it is timely to reflect on what has been discovered to date and to look into the future. This workshop will bring together researchers, designers, and practitioners from relevant application and research fields, including visualization, personal informatics, and data journalism. Our goal is to define a research agenda for mobile data visualization as well as to collect and propagate practical guidance for mobile visualization designers.

Workshop Abstract (8-page PDF)


Call for Participation

With an increasing use of mobile devices in everyday life, it is important to understand how to design data visualizations for small displays. A nuanced understanding is especially important since existing guidelines for visualization and data interaction design do not transfer well to mobile devices. This one-day workshop aims to bring together visualization researchers and practitioners from application domains, to share experiences, identify open problems, and explore the future of mobile visualization. We will share academic and application-related outputs, and conduct hands-on design and brainstorming activities.

We solicit 4-6 page workshop papers excluding references (using the CHI Extended Abstracts format) in the following contribution types:

Submissions should cover contributions on visualizing data on various mobile devices (e.g., tablets, smart phones/watches, wearable devices, and tiny screens) addressing the following topics:

Important workshop topics:

Please submit a paper to the EasyChair system (

We will select submissions based on a number of criteria, including originality or controversy of the paper, the complementary nature of the authors’ research background, and the quality of the authors’ previous work related to the workshop topic.

At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must register not only for the workshop but also for at least one day of the 2018 ACM CHI conference.

Important Dates:


Workshop Organizers

Workshop Organizers (Left to Right): Bongshin Lee, Matthew Brehmer, Petra Isenberg, Eun Kyoung Choe, Ricardo Langer, and Raimund Dachselt

(L to R): Bongshin Lee, Matthew Brehmer, Petra Isenberg, Eun Kyoung Choe, Ricardo Langner, and Raimund Dachselt.

Our organization team is comprised of members having several relevant qualifications that will ensure a successful workshop. The core background of our team members range from visualization research (Brehmer, Isenberg, & Lee) to HCI (Choe, Dachselt, Langner, & Lee) to UbiComp (Choe). All team members have previously organized industry and academic workshops in several venues, and have extensive experience reviewing publications for international conferences, workshops, and symposia.

Bongshin Lee (@bongshin) is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. She explores innovative ways to enable people to create visualizations, interact with their data, and share data-driven stories. She has been recently focusing on helping people collect & explore the data about themselves, and share insights with others by leveraging visualizations. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Maryland at College Park in 2006.

Matthew Brehmer (@mattbrehmer) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research and a representative of the Microsoft Data Journalism Program. His research interests involve designing and evaluating information visualization techniques for storytelling and journalism, considering the perspectives of both the audience or information consumer and the author or content creator. He is the co-chair of the 2018 IEEE PacificVis Visual Data Storytelling Contest and the Visualization in Practice event at IEEE VIS 2018. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2016.

Petra Isenberg (@dr_pi) is a research scientist at Inria. Prior to joining Inria, Petra received her PhD from the University of Calgary in 2009. Her main research areas are information visualization and visual analytics with a focus on collaborative work scenarios, interaction, and evaluation. She is interested in exploring how people can most effectively analyze data sets on novel display technology such as small touch-screens, wall displays, or tabletops.

Eun Kyoung Choe (@slowalpaca) is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies at University of Maryland, College Park. She has been examining ways to help people become empowered individuals through fully leveraging their personal data. She has been exploring this topic in various contexts including the Quantified Self movement, sleep, patient-clinician communication, and personal data insights & visualization. She received her Ph.D. in Information Science from University of Washington in 2014.

Ricardo Langner (@riclangner) is a Ph.D. student at the Technische Universität Dresden. His research focuses on the combination of multiple displays, such as mobile devices, interactive tabletops, and large shared displays, for information visualization. In particular, he explores new and innovative ways of using mobile devices to support data exploration with multiple coordinated visualization views. He was also a local arrangements co-chair of ACM ITS 2014.

Raimund Dachselt (@RaimundDachselt) is a full university professor for Computer Science at Technische Universität Dresden and a director of the Interactive Media Lab Dresden. His research focuses on Natural User Interface (NUI) approaches with various input modalities on interactive surfaces and in multi-display environments. His team contributed several solutions applying NUI techniques to the field of Information Visualization and Immersive Analytics. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from TU Dresden in 2004.


Workshop Paper Presentations

Note: Click on a paper title to view the corresponding PDF.
Confirmed workshop attendees names are indicated in bold font.

Session 1

Gamifying Data Visualizations on Mobile Devices
Noopur Agarwal and Alark Joshi (University of San Francisco)

Combining Ideation and Journaling to Explore to New Possibilities for Visualization on Mobile Devices
Katherine Currier, Søren Knudsen, Miriam Sturdee, and Sheelagh Carpendale (University of Calgary)

Textension: Digitally Augmenting Analog Texts Using Mobile Devices
Adam Bradley (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Victor Sawal (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Sheelagh Carpendale (University of Calgary), and Christopher Collins (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

From Supercomputer to Smartphone: Visualizing High-Performance Computing Resources on Mobile Devices
Janet Knowles, Michael Papka, and Joseph Insley (Argonne National Laboratory)

Ai2html and Its Impact on the News Graphics Industry
Cedric Sam (Bloomberg LP)

Using ICDMI Model to Guide the Design of Mobile Tool to Support the Care and Treatment of Type-2 Diabetes and Discordant Chronic Conditions
Tom Ongwere, Kay Connelly, and Erik Stolterman Bergqvist (University of Indiana, Bloomington)

Visualizing Diabetes data in Mobile contexts
Nick Dalton (Northumbria University) and Dmitri Katz (The Open University)

Displaying NHP Health Data in Mobile Devices
Daniel Nicolalde, Clay Stevens, and Gabriel Gottfredsen (Wisconsin National Primate Center)

Active Self-Tracking and Visualization of Subjective Experience using VAS and Time Spirals on a Smartwatch
Andrei Corneliu Suciu and Jakob Eg Larsen (Technical University of Denmark)

Session 2

Product Fingerprints: Studying Mobile Visualizations In-Situ
Kevin Ta (University of Calgary), Jo Vermeulen (Aarhus University), Lora Oehlberg (University of Calgary), and Sheelagh Carpendale (University of Calgary)

Preparing for Perceptual Studies: Position and Orientation of Wrist-worn Smartwatches for Reading Tasks
Tanja Blascheck (Inria, Université Paris Saclay), Anastasia Bezerianos (Inria, CNRS, Université Paris), Lonni Besancon (Université Paris Saclay), Bongshin Lee (Microsoft), and Petra Isenberg (Inria, Université Paris Saclay)

Hierarchical Graphs on Mobile Devices: A Lane-based Approach
Tom Horak and Raimund Dachselt (Interactive Media Lab, Technische Universität Dresden)

Maximizing Resolvable Items: A Mantra of Mobile Visualization
Michail Schwab, Aditeya Pandey, and Michelle A. Borkin (Northeastern University)

Facilitating Spreadsheet Manipulation on Mobile Devices Leveraging Speech
Arjun Srinivasan (Georgia Institute of Technology), Bongshin Lee (Microsoft), and John Stasko (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Responsive Visualisation
Keith Andrews (ISDS, Graz University of Technology)

Towards a Unified Visualization Platform for Ubiquitous Analytics
Sriram Karthik Badam (University of Maryland), Roman Rädle (Aarhus University), Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose (Aarhus University), and Niklas Elmqvist (University of Maryland)

Investigating Link Attributes of Graph Visualizations in Mobile Augmented Reality
Wolfgang Büschel, Stefan Vogt, and Raimund Dachselt (Interactive Media Lab, Technische Universität Dresden)

Mobiles as Portals for Interacting with Virtual Data Visualizations
Michel Pahud (Microsoft), Eyal Ofek (Microsoft), Nathalie Henry Riche (Microsoft), Christophe Hurter (ENAC), and Jens Grubert (Coburg University of Applied Sciences)


Workshop Schedule

The focus of the workshop will be an interactive dialog of about 25 attendees (including organizers) with multidisciplinary backgrounds.

The following table shows a preliminary schedule on how our workshop will be organized. It is important for us to ensure that the workshop allows attendees to have a holistic experience of the overall research topic ranging from technical solutions used in specific projects to future visions.

Time Activity Duration
08.45 - 09.00 Opening and introduction 15 min.
09.00 - 10.40 Paper presentations (x9): Session 1 100 min.
10.40 - 11.00 Coffee break 20 min.
11.00 - 12.30 Paper presentations (x9): Session 2 90 min.
12.30 - 12.40 *Group formation / walk to restaurant* 10 min.
12.40 - 14.00 Lunch (at Universel restaurant) 80 min.
14.00 - 14.45 Demos + Hall of Fame / Shame 45 min.
14.45 - 15.30 Affinity diagramming 45 min.
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break 30 min.
16.00 - 17.00 Envisioning & design 60 min.
17.00 - 17.30 Group results & reflection 30 min.
17.30 - 18.00 Next steps and closing 30 min.
19.00 - 21.00 Dinner (at Mad Hatter, 1240 Crescent) 120 min.

After a welcome and introduction by the organizers, the morning session allows all participants to briefly introduce themselves by means of short paper and position statement presentations. We will begin with two sessions of 7-minute presentations (+2 minutes Q+A) from the authors of accepted papers.

Each presentation should include the following:

After a joint lunch at Universel restaurant, which allows participants to meet and network informally in groups of 5 or 6, the workshop will continue with hands-on experiences in a relaxed demo atmosphere. Short demonstrations of different forms of prototypes, including sketches, case studies, and implementations (solicited from workshop participants and industry), will foster a discussion of state-of-the-art design and implementation approaches.

In the demo session, we will ask participants to contribute in one or more of the three following ways:

For these Halls of Fame and Shame, we have prepared a slide deck. Please add a new slide for each positive or negative example. Also add your name in the slide note section to know who contributed the example.

The afternoon session will continue with a creative envisioning & design session, during which small groups of 3–5 people will work on specific ideas for future mobile visualization concepts. To support creativity and originality, we will make use of paper prototyping and crafting materials. After the afternoon coffee break, each group will pitch their project (such as by acting out scenarios), and we will quickly discuss the potential of each concept following each pitch. In a final break-out and brainstorming session, participants will collect ideas, concepts, and issues on the future of data visualization on mobile devices. Written on cards or notes, we will try to group and discuss ideas for shaping a research agenda in this emerging field.

The official part of the workshop will conclude with a brief summary discussion. We plan to organize an optional joint dinner to further socialize and continue discussions and networking.