University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg / PhD Program
Computer and Information Science

Colloquium of the Department and the PhD Program

title

Visual Analysis of Large Heterogeneous Social Networks

speaker

Prof. Dr. Kwan-Liu Ma, UC Davis

date & place

Wednesday, 31.05.2006, 16:15 h
Room C252

abstract

Social network analysis is an active area of study beyond sociology. It uncovers the invisible relationships between actors in a network and provides understanding of social process and behaviors. It has become an important technique in a variety of application areas such as the Web, organizational studies, and homeland security. Visualization proves effective to aid in detecting and understanding the hidden features and patterns in massive, dynamically changing information spaces. I will present a visual analysis tool for understanding large, heterogeneous social networks, e.g., a terrorism network, in which nodes and links could represent different concepts and relations, respectively. I will also present a visualization design for monitoring a large software development team and the evolution of the software system.