University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg / PhD Program
Computer and Information Science

Thorsten Büring

Doctoral Student in the PhD program from 01.07.2004 to 30.06.2007.
Currently PostDoc at the LMU MünchenLehr- und Forschungseinheit MedieninformatikHomepage.


1. Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer
2. Prof. Dr. Daniel Keim

organisational data

Room: E 223
Tel.: +49 (0)7531 / 88-3113
E-mail: buering "at"
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project description

Mobile Information Visualization
Phd Thesis Thorsten Buering 2004
University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (dfg)

Due to improved connectivity and performance features, personal digital assistants (PDAs) are increasingly used to administrate, explore and search large information spaces. Unfortunately, most of todays handheld software relies on interfaces that present information textually on subsequently displayed screens. Being forced to jump back and forth, the user is not able to form a consistent mental model of the underlying data space and thus to accomplish tasks efficiently.

The problem of how to present information on computer screens more appropriately has been subject to extensive research in the field of information visualization (IV). The latter is commonly defined as the use of computer-supported, interactive, visual representations of abstract data to amplify cognition [Card et al. 1999]. Well-known IV applications like FilmFinder, SmartMoney and Peets Coffee Selector have already shown that by using visualizations, human computer interaction can be improved significantly. This perception is also reflected by the fact that an increasing number of IV ideas are turned into commercial products (eg. Spotfire, Inxsight, Human IT) or are incorporated into already existing software packages such as SPSS, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Outlook. A drawback however remains: most of the disciplines implementations have been designed for desktop computers featuring large-scale screens and while portions of the design approaches can be leveraged to PDAs, many of the PC interaction techniques and design philosophies simply do not apply.

The authors thesis will therefore deal with the development of visualizations specifically targeted for small devices. This involves the following steps:


The following list of publications covers only those, which are or were published during participation at the Graduiertenkolleg / PhD program.

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Phd Theses


curriculum vitae

2003 - 2004 Working as Programmer at Accenture Technology Solutions in Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany. 
2002 - 2003 Studies of Information Technology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Degree : MSc.
2000 - 2002 Studies of Electronic Business at the University of Arts / Institute of Electronic Business in Berlin, Germany.
Degree : Graduate Designer.
1999 - 2000 Studies of Economics as an Erasmus Exchange Student at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands.
1997 - 1999 Studies of Economics at the University of Trier, Germany.
Degree : Intermediate Diploma.
1995 - 1996 Civil Service.
1986 - 1995 Highschool in Kaarst, Germany.