Catherine Plaisant

Senior Research Scientist
2117C Hornbake Library
(301) 405-2768
Education: 
Doctorat d'Ingenieur degree in France
Biography: 

Catherine Plaisant is a senior research scientist for UMIACS and associate director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL).

Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of novel user interfaces.

She first worked in France at the "Centre Mondial Informatique et Ressources Humaines" in Paris, developing learning environments for pre-school children and conducting evaluation in classrooms. In 1988, she joined Distinguished University Professor of computer science Ben Shneiderman at HCIL, where she now works with multidisciplinary teams on designing and evaluating new interface technologies that are useable and useful. Research contributions range from focused user interaction techniques (e.g. Excentric Labeling) to innovative visualizations (such as LifeLines for personal records or SpaceTree for hierarchical data exploration) and interactive search interface techniques, such as Query Previews. Those interaction techniques have been carefully validated with user studies and are finding applications in industry, government information systems and digital libraries.

Plaisant has more than 140 published papers, mostly in leading journals and conferences, on diverse subjects such as information visualization, digital libraries, universal access, image browsing, help, digital humanities, technology for families, or evaluation methodologies.

Along with Shneiderman, she co-authored the 4th and 5th editions of "Designing the User Interface", one of the major books on the topic of human-computer interaction.

Plaisant is an adjunct member of the University of Maryland Graduate School faculty. She is a member of the editorial board of the Information Visualization Journal, Sage Publishing and was a member of the Computer Science Special Editorial Board of Interacting with Computers, Elsevier, until 2009. She served as guest editor on three special issues: 1) Information Visualization Journal, 10(4), 2011, a special issue on “Information Visualization: State of the Field and New Research Directions”; 2) IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 29(3), 2009, a special issue on Visual Analytics Evaluation; and 3) International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 23(3), 2007, a special issue in honor of Shneiderman's 60th birthday: "Reflections on Human-Computer Interaction." She has been a member of the program committee of most major human-computer interaction conferences.

She received a Doctorat d'Ingenieur degree in France in 1982.

Latest Publications

Up to date publication list is available at my Google Scholar profile.

Publications

2005


Buono P, Aris A, Plaisant C, Khella A, Shneiderman B.  2005.  Interactive pattern search in time series. Proceedings of SPIE. 5669(1):175-186.

Zhao H, Smith BK, Norman K, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2005.  Interactive sonification of choropleth maps. IEEE Multimedia. 12(2):26-35.

Aris A, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C, Shmueli G, Jank W.  2005.  Representing Unevenly-Spaced Time Series Data for Visualization and Interactive Exploration. Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2005Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2005. 3585:835-846.

Zhao H, Smith BK, Norman KL, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2005.  Listening to Maps: User Evaluation of Interactive Sonifications of Geo-Referenced Data (2004). Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

Lathan CE, Tracey MR, Vice JM, Druin A, Plaisant C.  2005.  Robotic apparatus and wireless communication system. 10/085,821(6895305)

Zhao H, Smith BK, Norman KL, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2005.  Listening to Maps: User Evaluation of Interactive Sonifications of Geo-Referenced Data. Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

Zhao H, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2005.  iSonic: interactive sonification for non-visual data exploration. Proceedings of the 7th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility.
:194-195.

Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2005.  Show Me! Guidelines for producing recorded demonstrations. 2005 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing.
:171-178.

Zhao H, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2005.  "I hear the pattern": interactive sonification of geographical data patterns. CHI '05 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.
:1905-1908.

2004


Chintalapani G, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2004.  Extending the utility of treemaps with flexible hierarchy. Eighth International Conference on Information Visualisation, 2004. IV 2004. Proceedings.
:335-344.

Plaisant C.  2004.  The challenge of information visualization evaluation. Proceedings of the working conference on Advanced visual interfaces.
:109-116.

Marchionini G, Haas S, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C, Hert CA.  2004.  Project highlight: toward the statistical knowledge network. Proceedings of the 2004 annual national conference on Digital government research.
:125:1–125:2-125:1–125:2.

Fekete J-D, Plaisant C.  2004.  Les leçons tirées des deux compétitions de visualisation d'information. Proceedings of the 16th conference on Association Francophone d'Interaction Homme-Machine.
:7-12.

Cable JH, Ordonez JF, Chintalapani G, Plaisant C.  2004.  Project portfolio earned value management using treemaps. Proceedings of the Project Management Institute Research Conference.

2003


Hutchinson H, Bederson BB, Plaisant C, Druin A.  2003.  Family Calendar Survey. Technical Reports from UMIACS.

Fredrikson A, North C, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B, Tanin E, Pkisant C.  2003.  Database Discovery with Dynamic Queries. The craft of information visualization: readings and reflectionsThe craft of information visualization: readings and reflections.
:1-1.

Fekete JD, Wang D, Dang N, Aris A, Plaisant C.  2003.  Overlaying graph links on treemaps. IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization Conference Compendium (demonstration).

Tanin E, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2003.  Broadening Access to Large Online Databases by Generalizing Query Previews. The Craft of Information VisualizationThe Craft of Information Visualization.
:31-37.

Eaton C, Plaisant C, Drizd T.  2003.  The Challenge of Missing and Uncertain Data. Proceedings of the 14th IEEE Visualization 2003 (VIS'03).
:100–-100–.

Plaisant C, Mushlin R, Snyder A, Li J, Heller D, Shneiderman B.  2003.  LifeLines: Using Visualization to Enhance Navigation and Analysis of Patient Records. The Craft of Information VisualizationThe Craft of Information Visualization.
:308-312.

Bederson BB, Plaisant C, Mushlin R, Snyder A, Li J, Heller D, Shneiderman B, Hochheiser H, Fekete JD, Czenvinski M.  2003.  Innovating the Interaction. The craft of information visualization: readings and reflectionsThe craft of information visualization: readings and reflections.
:295-295.

Plaisant C, Marchionini G, Komlodi A.  2003.  Visualizing websites using a hierarchical table of contents browser: WebTOC. The craft of information visualization: readings and reflectionsThe craft of information visualization: readings and reflections.
:438-438.

Plaisant C, Marchimini G, Bruns T, Komlodi A, Campbell L, Rose A, Ding GM, Beale Jr J, Nolet V, Shneiderman B et al..  2003.  The World's Information in Digital Libraries. The craft of information visualization: readings and reflectionsThe craft of information visualization: readings and reflections.
:149-149.

North C, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C, Kang H, Bederson BB.  2003.  Seeing the World Through Image Libraries. The craft of information visualization: readings and reflectionsThe craft of information visualization: readings and reflections.
:47-47.

Marchionini G, Haas S, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B, Hert C.  2003.  Toward a statistical knowledge network. Proceedings of the 2003 annual national conference on Digital government research.
:1-6.

Marchionini G, Plaisant C, Komlodi A.  2003.  The people in digital libraries: Multifaceted approaches to assessing needs and impact. Digital library use: Social practice in design and evaluationDigital library use: Social practice in design and evaluation.
:119-160.

Kumar H, Plaisant C, Teittinen M, Shneiderman B.  2003.  Visual Information Management for Network Configuration. The Craft of Information VisualizationThe Craft of Information Visualization.
:239-256.

Kules B, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C.  2003.  Data exploration with paired hierarchical visualizations: initial designs of PairTrees. Proceedings of the 2003 annual national conference on Digital government research.
:1-6.

Kang H, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2003.  New approaches to help users get started with visual interfaces: multi-layered interfaces and integrated initial guidance. Proceedings of the 2003 annual national conference on Digital government research.
:1-6.

Hutchinson H, Mackay W, Westerlund B, Bederson BB, Druin A, Plaisant C, Beaudouin-Lafon M, Conversy S, Evans H, Hansen H et al..  2003.  Technology probes: inspiring design for and with families. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.
:17-24.

Plaisant C, Chintalapani G, Lukehart C, Schiro D, Ryan J.  2003.  Using Visualization Tools to Gain Insight Into Your Data. SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Hombsek K, Bederson BB, Plaisant C.  2003.  Preserving Context with Zoomable User Interfaces. The craft of information visualization: readings and reflectionsThe craft of information visualization: readings and reflections.
:83-83.

Grinstein G, Kobsa A, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B, Stasko JT.  2003.  Which comes first, usability or utility? Proceedings of the 14th IEEE Visualization 2003 (VIS'03).
:112–-112–.

2002


Plaisant C, Druin A, Hutchinson H.  2002.  Technologies for families. CHI '02 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.
:938-939.

Plaisant C, Grosjean J, Bederson BB.  2002.  SpaceTree: supporting exploration in large node link tree, design evolution and empirical evaluation. Information Visualization, 2002. INFOVIS 2002. IEEE Symposium on.
:57-64.

Hutchinson H, Plaisant C, Druin A.  2002.  Case study: a message board as a technology probe for family communication and coordination. Proceedings of the 2002 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Hornbaek K, Bederson BB, Plaisant C.  2002.  Navigation patterns and usability of zoomable user interfaces with and without an overview. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). 9(4):362-389.

Fekete J-D, Plaisant C.  2002.  Interactive information visualization of a million items. Information Visualization, 2002. INFOVIS 2002. IEEE Symposium on.
:117-124.

2001


Lathan C, Vice J M, Tracey M, Plaisant C, Druin A, Edward K, Montemayor J.  2001.  Therapeutic play with a storytelling robot. CHI '01 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.
:27-28.

Konishi M, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2001.  Enabling Commuters to Find the Best Route: An Interface for Analyzing Driving History Logs. Proceedings of the IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (Interact2001).
:799-800.

2000


Rose A, Salter R, Keswani S, Kositsyna N, Plaisant C, Rubloff G, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Simulation based learning environments and the use of learning histories. CHI '00 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.
:2-3.

Plaisant C, Druin A, Lathan C, Dakhane K, Edwards K, Vice J M, Montemayor J.  2000.  A storytelling robot for pediatric rehabilitation. Proceedings of the fourth international ACM conference on Assistive technologies.
:50-55.

Plaisant C, Komlodi A, Lindsay F.  2000.  Evaluation challenges for a Federation of heterogeneous information providers: the case of NASA's Earth Science Information Partnerships. Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, 2000. (WET ICE 2000). Proeedings. IEEE 9th International Workshops on.
:130-135.

Greene S, Marchionini G, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Previews and overviews in digital libraries: Designing surrogates to support visual information seeking. Journal of the American Society for Information Science. 51(4):380-393.

Tanin E, Lotem A, Haddadin I, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C, Slaughter L.  2000.  Facilitating data exploration with query previews: A study of user performance and preference. Behaviour & Information Technology. 19(6):393-403.

1999


Plaisant C, Rose A, Rubloff G, Salter R, Shneiderman B.  1999.  The design of history mechanisms and their use in collaborative educational simulations. Proceedings of the 1999 conference on Computer support for collaborative learning.

Plaisant C, Venkatraman M, Ngamkajorwiwat K, Barth R, Harberts B, Feng W.  1999.  Refining query previews techniques for data with multivalued attributes: the case of NASA EOSDIS. Research and Technology Advances in Digital Libraries, 1999. ADL '99. Proceedings. IEEE Forum on.
:50-59.

Kumar HP, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1999.  LifeLines: Visualizing Personal Histories. Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to ThinkReadings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think.
:285-285.

Kumar HP, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Browsing hierarchical data with multi-level dynamic queries. Readings in information visualizationReadings in information visualization.
:295-305.

Harris C, Allen RB, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Temporal visualization for legal case histories. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL MEETING-AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE. 36:271-279.

Greene S, Tanin E, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B, Olsen L, Major G, Johns S.  1999.  The end of zero-hit queries: query previews for NASA’s Global Change Master Directory. International Journal on Digital Libraries. 2(2):79-90.

Fredrikson A, North C, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Temporal, geographical and categorical aggregations viewed through coordinated displays: a case study with highway incident data. Proceedings of the 1999 workshop on new paradigms in information visualization and manipulation in conjunction with the eighth ACM internation conference on Information and knowledge management.
:26-34.

Fekete J-D, Plaisant C.  1999.  Excentric labeling: dynamic neighborhood labeling for data visualization. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems: the CHI is the limit.
:512-519.

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