Life on the Line: Interacting with Temporal Event Sequence Representations

  • Catherine Plaisant
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7352)


Sequences of events are part of people’s life, their travel, hospital visits, even web browsing experiences. Analysing collections of event sequences can be challenging even for skilled computer professionals. We will review a series of visualization techniques developed at the Human-Computer Interaction lab to handle temporal data.


visual analytics time interaction temporal patterns 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Plaisant
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  1. 1.Human-Computer Interaction LabUniversity of MarylandUSA

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