Friday, October 12, 2012 - 11:00am to 11:50am
ALS 4001

Speaker Information

Dr. Robert S. Laramee
Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
Swansea University


With the advancement of data storage technologies and the ever-decreasing costs of hardware, our ability to store data is unprecedented. However, a large gap remains between our ability to collect and store data and our ability to derive knowledge from it. Data visualization exploits our most powerful sense, vision, in order to derive knowledge and gain insight into large, multi-variate data sets that describe complicated and often time-dependent events. This talk presents a selection of unique applications in the area of data visualization, showcasing some of visualizations strengths, weaknesses, and, goals. We describe inter-disciplinary projects based on flow, foam, text, and animal tracking, where visualization is used to address fundamental questions-the answers of which we hope to discover in various large, complex, and time-dependent phenomena.

Speaker Bio

Robert S. Laramee received a bachelors degree in physics, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (ZooMass) in 1997. In 2000, he received a masters degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He was awarded a PhD from the Vienna University of Technology (Gruess Gott TUWien), Austria at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms in 2005. From 2001 to 2006 he was a researcher at the VRVis Research Center ( and a software engineer at AVL ( in the department of Advanced Simulation Technologies. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer at the Swansea University (Prifysgol Cymru Abertawe), Wales in the Department of Computer Science (Adran Gwyddor Cyfrifiadur). His research interests are in the areas of data visualization, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in scientific conferences and journals. For more information, please visit: