SEVEN: An Inria and Calgary Associated Team on Situated and Embedded Visualization ENvironments

The goal of this joint work between the Aviz team at Inria Saclay and the ILab at the University of Calgary is to develop and study situated data visualizations to address the limitations of traditional platforms of data analytics. In a situated data visualization, the data is directly visualized next to the physical space, object, or person it refers to. Situated data visualizations can surface information in the physical environment and allow viewers to interpret data in-context, monitor changes over time, make decisions, and act on the physical world in response to the insights gained. However, research on this topic remains scarce and limited in scope. We will build on our track record of successful collaborations to jointly develop situated visualization as a novel research direction.

Team Members

Inria and Calgary Team Members

 InriaExpertise CalgaryExpertise
Petra Isenberg (PI)Collaborative visualization, evaluation, novel devicesWesley Willett (PI)Personal analytics, crowdsourcing
Tobias IsenbergScientific visualization, sensors and smart home, touch & tangiblesCarmen HullSimultaneous Worlds
Pierre DragicevicData physicalization, statistics, decision makingLora OehlbergDigital fabrication, HCI, engineering design
Jean-Daniel FeketeVisual Analytics, Big Data, NetworksKendra WannamakerData entry for situated visualization
Ranjini AravindSituated visualization for sleep monitoringXinchi ZhangPlanning and time management via situated visualization
Alaul IslamSituated visualization for fitness trackersNathalie BressaSituated visualizations for personal data analysis
    Simon Fraser University
   Sheelagh CarpendaleVisualization design, novel technologies, personal analytics
   Bon Adriel AsenieroSituating vis in public spaces
   Katherine CurrierSituated visualization in the home
   Faroozan DaneshzandSituated visualization and architecture

External Collaborators

Yvonne JansenData physicalization, situated visualization, fabrication


Mina AlipourSituated visualization for health in the officeInria Year 1
Mathieu LouvetSituated visualization for health in the officeInria Year 1
Tiffany Way WunPersonal data analysisCalgary Year 1

Year 1


The objective for the first year was to design and implement situated visualizations to support health and aging.


Work has begun by two Master's student, Mina and Mathieu. Mina is a student from CentraleSupelec who joined Aviz to work on situated visualizations of noise in the office. Mathieu is a student from Polytech Paris Sud who works on situated visualizations of temperature data in a large open shared office.

In addition to these two specific projects we meet for an inaugural workshop at the Aviz Fablab workspace in Gif Sur Yvette from May 14 - May 18. The purpose of the workshop was to identify open research topics and avenues for specific collaborations. The brainstorming activities were led jointly by Inria and Calgary team members. We also had a one-day workshop on smart-home sensors and programming infrastructure led by Tobias Isenberg.

In October we then met for a half day workshop in Berlin after the IEEE VIS conference. We discussed ongoing and future projects and the plan for the year 2 of our joint team.


  • IEEE VIS Poster: Situated Visualizations of Office Noise to Promote Personal Health: Mina Alipour, Pierre Dragicevic, Tobias Isenberg, Petra Isenberg. Posters of the IEEE Conference on Information Visualization (InfoVis), 2018.
  • EEE VIS Poster: Simultaneous Worlds: Using Physical Models to Contextualize and Compose Visualizations. Carmen Hull, Sheelagh Carpendale, Wesley Willett. Posters of the IEEE Conference on

Information Visualization (InfoVis), 2018.

  • Master's Thesis: Mina Alipour
  • Master's Thesis: Mathieu Louvet

Year 2


The objective for the second year was to design and implement situated visualizations for smart environments more broadly. That is, environments equipped with sensors that deliver data on the environment.


We continued work on health indicators for larger office environments and focused in particular on pushing the project related to noise detection further. In June both Wesley Willett and Lora Oehlberg came for a three-day workshop to Aviz during which we discussed designs for the noise project sensors and the associated data displays. We also worked in more depth on a survey article we plan to publish.

In October 2019 several team members met in Vancouver after the IEEE VIS conference for a 2-day workshop held at Simon Fraser University. During the meeting students and senior researchers gave overviews of projects and project progress to give us an overview of all activities of the associated team. In addition we brainstormed ideas to expand on ongoing projects and discussed future collaborations.


  • EuroVis 2019 poster publication: Ranjini Aravind, Tanja Blascheck, and Petra Isenberg. A survey on sleep visualizations for fitness trackers. In Posters of the European Conference on Visualization (EuroVis), 2019.
  • Bressa, N., Wannamaker, K., Korsgaard, H., Willett, W., & Vermeulen, J. (2019). Sketching and Ideation Activities for Situated Visualization Design. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference - DIS ’19. ACM Press.
  • Master thesis: Ranjini Aravind
  • ANR grant: EMBER - Situated Visualizations for Everyday Personal Analytics. Participants: Pierre Dragicevic, Petra Isenberg, Yvonne Jansen, Martin Hachet. With planned collaborations with Wesley Willett and Lora Oehlberg.
  • ANR PRCI grant: MircoVis - Micro visualizations for pervasive and mobile data exploration. Participants: Petra Isenberg with collaborations planned with Wesley Willett and Sheelagh Carpendale.

Year 3