Matthew Brehmer, Data Visualization Researcher

I work in the field of information visualization, a practice that brings together data analysis, software development, HCI / UX methods, and design.

My open-source visualization work can seen and used online and in Power BI. I have spoken about my work at venues such as OpenVisConf, IEEE VIS, and ACM CHI, and I have published papers about my work in top visualization publications such as IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics.

I'm also a co-organizer of the VisInPractice event at the IEEE VIS conference.


mb at mattbrehmer.ca | cv


selected visualization projects


Trend Visualization on Mobile Phones

A mobile-only experimental platform for testing animated and small multiple scatterplots.

web app | github repository

Tilt Interaction For Mobile Visualization

A demonstration of orientation, tilt, and gesture based interaction with dynamic data visualization on mobile phones.

github repository | video demo

Range Visualization on Mobile Phones

A mobile-only experimental platform for testing linear and radial range layouts.

web app | github repository

Timeline Storyteller

An expressive visual storytelling environment for presenting timelines in the browser or in Power BI.

timelinestoryteller.com | github repository | video gallery

The Energy Portfolio Sandbox

A sandbox environment for visualizing the energy use of a portfolio of buildings over time.

web app | github repository

SoundConsensus

An interactive comparison of multiple ranked lists of record reviews from prominent music publications.

web app | github repository


publications


A Comparative Evaluation of Animation and Small Multiples for Trend Visualization on Mobile Phones

Matthew Brehmer, Bongshin Lee, Petra Isenberg, and Eun Kyoung Choe.
To appear in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2019).

journal paper (arxiv pre-print) | ieee library

Critical Reflections on Visualization Authoring Systems

Arvind Satyanarayan, Bongshin Lee, Donghao Ren, Jeffrey Heer, John Stasko, John R. Thompson, Matthew Brehmer, and Zhicheng Liu.
To appear in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2019).

journal paper (arxiv pre-print) | ieee library | vis-tools-reflections.github.io

Thumbnails for Data Stories: A Survey of Current Practices

Hwiyeon Kim, Juyoung Oh, Yunha Han, Sungahn Ko, Matthew Brehmer, and Bum Chul Kwon.
To appear in the Short Paper Proceedings of IEEE VIS 2019.

short paper (arxiv pre-print)

DataToon: Drawing Dynamic Network Comics With Pen + Touch Interaction

Nam Wook Kim, Nathalie Henry Riche, Benjamin Bach, Guanpeng A. Xu, Matthew Brehmer, Ken Hinckley, Michel Pahud, Haijun Xia, Michael McGuffin, and Hanspeter Pfister.
In proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019).

conference paper (pre-print)

Timeline Storyteller: The Design & Deployment of an Interactive Authoring Tool for Expressive Timeline Narratives

Matthew Brehmer, Bongshin Lee, Nathalie Henry Riche, David Tittsworth, Kate Lytvynets, Darren Edge, and Christopher White.
In Proceedings of the 2019 Computation + Journalism Symposium (C+J 2019).

symposium paper (pre-print)

Visualizing Ranges over Time on Mobile Phones: A Task-Based Crowdsourced Evaluation

Matthew Brehmer, Bongshin Lee, Petra Isenberg, and Eun Kyoung Choe.
In Volume 25, Issue 1 (Jan. 2019) of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2018).

journal paper (pre-print) | ieee library

Charticulator: Interactive Construction of Bespoke Chart Layouts

Donghao Ren, Bongshin Lee, and Matthew Brehmer.
In Volume 25, Issue 1 (Jan. 2019) of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2018).
Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

journal paper (pre-print) | ieee library | charticulator.com

Reflecting on the Evaluation of Visualization Authoring Systems

Donghao Ren, Bongshin Lee, Matthew Brehmer, and Nathalie Henry Riche.
In the workshop proceedings of BELIV 2018: Evaluation and Beyond - Methodological Approaches for Visualization.

pre-print

What's the Difference?: Evaluating Variants of Multi-Series Bar Charts for Visual Comparison Tasks

Arjun Srinivasan, Matthew Brehmer, Bongshin Lee, and Steven Drucker.
In the proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018).

conference paper (pre-print) | acm library

Data Visualization on Mobile Devices (Workshop)

Bongshin Lee, Matthew Brehmer, Eun Kyoung Choe, Petra Isenberg, Ricardo Langer, and Raimund Dachselt.
In the extended abstract proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018).

extended abstract (pre-print) | acm library | mobilevis.github.io

Evaluating Data-Driven Stories & Storytelling Tools

Fereshteh Amini *, Matthew Brehmer *, Gordon Bolduan, Christina Elmer, and Benjamin Wiederkehr ( * equal contribution ).
A chapter in Data-Driven Storytelling, a book edited by Nathalie Henry Riche, Christophe Hurter, Nicholas Diakopoulos, and Sheelagh Carpendale, 2018.

book link | book chapter abstract

Demonstrating the Value of Visualization: Highlights from the 2017 PacificVis Visual Data Storytelling Contest

Matthew Brehmer, Kyungwon Lee, Ivan Viola, Jinwook Seo, and Bongshin Lee.
Poster at IEEE VIS 2017.

poster | abstract | video preview

Timelines Revisited: A Design Space and Considerations for Expressive Storytelling

Matthew Brehmer, Bongshin Lee, Benjamin Bach, Nathalie Henry Riche, and Tamara Munzner.
In Volume 23, Issue 9 (Sept. 2017) of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

journal paper | ieee library | timelinesrevisited.github.io

ChartAccent: Annotation for Data-Driven Storytelling

Donghao Ren, Matthew Brehmer, Bongshin Lee, Tobias Höllerer, and Eun Kyoung Choe.
In proceedings of the 2017 IEEE PacificVis Symposium.

conference paper | ieee library | chartaccent.github.io

Why Visualization? Task Abstraction for Analysis and Design

Matthew Brehmer.
University of British Columbia PhD Dissertation (April, 2016).

dissertation (ubc library)

Matches, Mismatches, and Methods: Multiple-View Workflows for Energy Portfolio Analysis

Matthew Brehmer, Jocelyn Ng, Kevin Tate, and Tamara Munzner.
In Volume 22, Issue 1 (Jan. 2016) of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2015).

journal paper | ieee library

TimeLineCurator: Interactive Authoring of Visual Timelines from Unstructured Text

Johanna Fulda, Matthew Brehmer, and Tamara Munzner.
In Volume 22, Issue 1 (Jan. 2016) of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2015).

journal paper | video | ieee library | timelinecurator.org

C-TOC (Cognitive Testing on Computer): Investigating the Usability and Validity of a Novel Self-administered Cognitive Assessment Tool in Aging and Early Dementia

Claudia Jacova, Joanna McGrenere, Hyunsoo S. Lee, William Wang, Sarah Le Huray, Emily F. Corenblith, Matthew Brehmer, Charlotte Tang, Sherri Hayden, B. Lynn Beattie, and Ging-Yuek R. Hsiung.
In Volume 29, Issue 3 (July 2015) of Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders.

journal paper

Overview: The Design, Adoption, and Analysis of a Visual Document Mining Tool For Investigative Journalists

Matthew Brehmer, Stephen Ingram, Jonathan Stray, and Tamara Munzner.
In Volume 20, Issue 12 (Dec. 2014) of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2014).

journal paper | ieee library

Visualizing Dimensionally-Reduced Data: Interviews with Analysts and a Characterization of Task Sequences

Matthew Brehmer, Michael Sedlmair, Stephen Ingram, and Tamara Munzner.
In proceedings of the 2014 ACM BELIV Workshop (Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization).

workshop paper | acm library

Pre-Design Empiricism for Information Visualization: Scenarios, Methods, and Challenges

Matthew Brehmer, Sheelagh Carpendale, Bongshin Lee, and Melanie Tory.
In proceedings of the 2014 ACM BELIV Workshop (Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization).

workshop paper | acm library

A Multi-Level Typology of Abstract Visualization Tasks

Matthew Brehmer and Tamara Munzner.
In Volume 19, Issue 12 (Dec. 2013) of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2013).

journal paper | ieee library

Dimensionality Reduction in the Wild: Gaps and Guidance

Michael Sedlmair, Matthew Brehmer, Stephen Ingram, and Tamara Munzner.
University of British Columbia Technical Report TR-2012-03 (2012).

technical report

Investigating Interruptions in the Context of Computerised Cognitive Testing for Older Adults

Matthew Brehmer, Joanna McGrenere, Charlotte Tang, and Claudia Jacova.
In proceedings of the 2012 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012).

conference paper | acm library

A Tale of Two Studies: Investigating the Impact of Interruptions on Task Performance in Older Adults

Matthew Brehmer, Charlotte Tang, Joanna McGrenere, and Claudia Jacova.
In the work-in-progress proceedings of the the 2011 GRAND NCE AGM.

work-in-progress paper

The Haptic Crayola Effect: Exploring the Role of Naming in Learning Haptic Stimuli

Inwook Hwang, Karon MacLean, Matthew Brehmer, Jeff Hendy, Andreas Sotirkopoulos, and Seungmoon Choi.
In proceedings of the 2011 IEEE World Haptics Conference.

conference paper | ieee library

Activate Your GAIM: A Toolkit for Input in Active Games

Matthew Brehmer, T.C. Nicholas Graham, and Tadeusz Stach.
In proceedings of the 2010 ACM Future Play Conference.

conference paper | acm library | developer guide

Classifying Input for Active Games

Tadeusz Stach, T.C. Nicholas Graham, Matthew Brehmer, and Andreas Hollatz.
In proceedings of the 2009 ACM Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE) Conference.

conference paper | acm library


blogging


EYEO Festival: Some Impressions By the Data Visualization Society

Nightingale. Jason Forrest, Matthew Brehmer, Amy Cesal, Anthony Starks, and Mollie Pettit.
June 18, 2019

medium.com/nightingale

Timelines, Revisited

10QViz.
June 14, 2019

10qviz.org


talks


Expressive Visualization Tools for Data-Driven Storytelling

ASA Symposium on Data Science and Statistics (SDSS) (Bellevue, USA)
May 30, 2019

slides

Constraints and Opportunities for Expressive Information Design

Tableau Research (Seattle, USA)
April 9, 2019

slides

Constraints and Opportunities for Expressive Information Design

Uncharted Software (Toronto, Canada)
March 1, 2019

slides

Considerations for Interactive & Expressive Information Design Tools

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, Canada)
February 27, 2019

slides

Considerations for Interactive & Expressive Information Design Tools

Autodesk Research (Toronto, Canada)
February 26, 2019

slides

Constraints and Opportunities for Expressive Information Design

Simon Fraser University School of Interactive Arts & Technology (Surrey, Canada)
January 28, 2019

slides

Visualizing Ranges over Time on Mobile Phones

IEEE VIS (InfoVis) 2018 (Berlin, Germany)
October 24, 2018

video | slides

Tools for Expressive Information Visualization Design

Microsoft Vancouver Data Visualization Symposium (Vancouver, Canada)
August 1, 2018

slides

Data-Driven Storytelling at Microsoft: Introducing Timeline Storyteller and ChartAccent for Microsoft Power BI

UBC School of Journalism Course on Special Topics in Contemporary Journalism: Data Viz (JRNL 520H) (Vancouver, Canada)
October 24, 2017

slides

Timelines Revisited: Considerations for Expressive Storytelling

Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University (Cambridge, USA)
December 8, 2016

slides

Why Visualization? Task Abstraction for Analysis and Design

Dissertation Defence (Vancouver, Canada)
March 23, 2016

slides

Why Visualization? Task Abstraction for Analysis and Design

Microsoft Research (Redmond, USA)
February 1, 2016

video | slides

The Future of Data and Design … In Visualization Research

Vancouver Data Visualization Meetup (Vancouver, Canada)
May 19, 2015

slides | keynote

Visualization Task Abstraction from Multiple Perspectives

IEEE VIS Doctoral Colloquium 2014 (Paris, France)
November 8, 2014

abstract | poster | slides | keynote | video preview

A Multi-Level Typology of Abstract Visualization Tasks

IEEE VIS (InfoVis) 2013 (Atlanta, USA)
October 15, 2013

video | video preview | slides | keynote