Final Projects 2011

2011 InfoVis Independent Projects

Michael Parkinson

A Vision for the Schuylkill Rail Yards

Visualization of the site’s history, geography, and potential for development, transportation connections, social impacts (to surrounding neighborhoods), land-use and zoning information; via three-dimensional graphic abstractions of the built environment, photographs, video clips and typography

Becky Williams

Info-graphic depicting different aspects of a utopian society

Data will be drawn from the following categories: Politics, Social Structure Labor and Production, Education, Marriage and Family, Gender/Sexuality, Technology, Religion and Morality, Crime, War, and Foreign Relations.

Kaitlin Pollack

Video performances and graphic traces of breakdancing and the movements that form it; inspired by the classic how-to ballroom dance images, where dance steps are represented as footsteps in sequence. Approximately 12 digital videos will be presented with accompanying graphic notation.

Olivia Haas

An info-graphic comparison of characters and the actors who play their parts in films directed by Wes Anderson, developed by quantifying and analyzing their dialogue, costumes, etc.

Mansha Mahtani

I will be creating an abstract map that would list prices of drinks and their distance from where the user is. I will be determining prices of various drinks (Nantucket Nectar, Arizona Ice tea, Coke etc) as they all are different at different places on campus. The point of this map is to figure out how far a good deal is and how much you are saving, in order to give a recommendation for the place you should be buying your drink from. I will ask the user how far he or she is willing to travel to save 1 dollar and based on that calculation (ratio between distance tolerance and price reduction). I have two ideas for implementing this project. I will represent the data either physically allowing users to connect places with a string or digitally with a program that gives recommendations based on where you in a Cartesian plane.

Deborah Watson

How Different Genes Spend Their Day

I have 13,330 data points (genes) for each of 6 experimental groups.  I imagine the experimental groups taking the place of “Everyone” “Men” “Women” etc.  The totals on the y axis would be the number of data points by percentage and the functions “Eating” “Work” etc. would be represented by functional labels for the genes, i.e. mitosis, response to wounding, growth factor signaling pathways.  I know the data set very well and have all of the genes with their functional labels ready to go.

Sara Outing

Music as Craters
A study of physical wear on a violin – a visualization of the invisible wear of repeated use, derived from taped practice sessions. I will record data on the frequency of each finger position, average these among sessions, then translate these frequencies into an exaggerated physical effect by chipping away at these areas on a simplified construction of a violin. Frequency will be represented by the varying depth of the “craters” appearing on the fingerboard.

Sasha Verma

I will use collected GPS data from my Foursquare account to find patterns and routines in my day-to-day life. I will use Foursquare’s API to help me extract and visualize the data as a map of my history and behavior.

Alice Yang

I will use Twitter’s API to retrieve and visualize every tweet a user has written, and analyze the top 100 most used words

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