Introduction to IATK: an immersive visual analytics toolkit

Maxime Cordeil, Tim Dwyer

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Immersive Analytics [3, 6, 1] is an emerging interdisciplinary research area that investigates the use of nontraditional display and input technology to immerse users in their data. A prominent aspect this research investigates is “immersive data visualization” [5, 2, 9, 8], which uses augmented and virtual reality technology to visually immerse users in their data to facilitate collaboration, exploration and understanding. Currently, there is a lack of simple tools to build interactive data visualizations in immersive environments. The de facto approach is to use off-the-shelf game engines because they allow easy prototyping of 3D user interfaces in these immersive environments. However, game engines do not consider the specialized requirements of data visualization, such as the type and structure of datasets, the breadth of data, especially in the age of “big data”, and typical information visualization tasks. IATK: Immersive Analytics Toolkit is an open source visualization toolkit for the Unity game engine that fills this gap. Specifically, IATK: • supports an infovis pipeline for virtual and augmented reality environments; • visualizes large (up to 1 million) data points at an optimal framerate for immersive applications; and, • provides a technology-agnostic model for user interactions with immersive visualizations. This tutorial will introduce participants to the Unity game engine and teach practical skills for implementing immersive data visualisations using IATK.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISS'19 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces
EditorsStacey Scott, Melanie Tory, Jeonghyun Kim
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368919
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces 2019 - Deajon, Korea, South
Duration: 10 Nov 201913 Nov 2019
Conference number: 14th


ConferenceACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces 2019
Abbreviated titleISS 2019
Country/TerritoryKorea, South
OtherPreviously called ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference
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  • Augmented reality
  • Immersive analytics
  • Immersive visualization
  • Toolkit
  • Virtual reality

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