IRL Presentation - Hyperglyphs: Innovative Ways to Visualize Massive Amounts of Unconventional, Unstructured Data - Jeff Sale

Innovation Research Lab, I-112

7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111-4998

Jeff Sale, Staff Researcher, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Host: Asif Shakeel

Hyperglyphs: Innovative Ways to Visualize Massive Amounts of Unconventional, Unstructured Data

Abstract: The concept of a glyph in scientific visualization is well known and has found numerous applications over the years. However, the limits to the level of complexity of glyph structure have only begun to be fully explored. At the same time, a growing percentage of the big data torrent consists of semi-structured, unstructured, and non-traditional data, presenting a challenge for conventional visualization methods. Some of these types of data are so complex it is difficult for researchers to know where to begin to gain insight into trends and anomalies hidden within. We need new and innovative ways to explore such massive amounts of complex data.

This presentation provides a brief history of glyphs in scientific visualization and conditions in which their use is appropriate and beneficial and proceeds to make the case that these conventional, simple glyphs should be extended and complexified into what we call ‘hyperglyphs’. Hyperglyphs are highly complex visual structures designed to encapsulate much more information within a single glyph and which, when thousands are arrayed in 3D space and with user training and adaptation, can significantly enhance perception and information assimilation leading to new knowledge and insight. We provide several examples from diverse fields including education, physiology, meteorology, public health, and social media.


Brief bio of speaker: Jeff is a staff researcher and instructional design technologist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego where he works on multiple projects with SDSC's Education, Outreach, and Training program, including work to promote the use of cyberinfrastructure within the K-12 and undergraduate community through workshops, internships, and online training. He also provides advanced data visualization services for the XSEDE high-performance computing partnership.

Jeff has a Master's Degree in Learning Design Technology from San Diego State University, and earlier in his academic career he spent two of the best academic years he ever had at Mesa College studying Physics under Drs. Harry Packard and Inge Witte before going on to receive a B.S. in Physics from San Diego State University.


Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Innovation Reasearch Lab, I-112 (same building as the Honors Center and Veterans Resource Center, on the other side)


Wednesday, 14 November, 2018


Asif Shakeel