Introduction to IATK: an immersive visual analytics toolkit

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Abstract

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)
Pages431-435
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368919
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event14th ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, ISS 2019 - Deajon, Korea, Republic of (South)
Duration: 10 Nov 201913 Nov 2019

Conference

Conference14th ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, ISS 2019
CountryKorea, Republic of (South)
CityDeajon
Period10/11/1913/11/19

Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Immersive analytics
  • Immersive visualization
  • Toolkit
  • Virtual reality

Cite this

Cordeil, M., & Dwyer, T. (2019). Introduction to IATK: an immersive visual analytics toolkit. In S. Scott, M. Tory, & J. Kim (Eds.), ISS'19 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (pp. 431-435). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3343055.3361927