Published: June 20, 2022
Toolkit made from cardboard to foster children’s data visualization literacy


Researchers from ATLAS Institute’s ACME Lab presented one pictorial and two graduate student symposium papers at the 14th ACM Creativity & Cognition (C&C), which took place June 20-23 in Venice, Italy. The theme of this year's conference was "Creativity, Craft and Design."


Graduate Student Symposium Paper


Toward a Deeper Understanding of Data and Materiality, authored by Sandra Bae, (ATLAS PhD student).

Data physicalization enables people to represent and interact with data physically rather than digitally. Physical representations afford visual analysis in comparable ways to traditional, desktop-based visualization by introducing new capabilities, such as facilitating tactile manipulation, accessible interactions, and immersion, that are beyond traditional 2D visualizations. However, physicalization has historically been a niche aspect of visualization research due to its unique challenges. In this paper, the author discusses the current challenges of data physicalization and addresses three areas where data physicalization can aid other research thrusts: broadening participation, supporting analytics and promoting creative expression. The paper exemplifies each approach through the lens of the author’s work. 



S. Sandra Bae. 2022. Towards a Deeper Understanding of Data and Materiality. In Creativity and Cognition (C&C '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 674–678. (June 20-23, 2022—Venice, Italy).