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Models For Evaluating Visualization Center Effectiveness

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Graphics and Visualization

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Engineering Design Graphics

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13.902.1 - 13.902.16



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Jon Duff Arizona State University

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Jon M. Duff received his Ph.D. in art education from The Ohio State University after undergraduate and graduate study in technology at Purdue University. He then served on the faculty in Engineering Graphics at Ohio State from 1976-1984 and in Technical Graphics at Purdue from 1984-1997.

Professor Duff joined the faculty at Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus in 1997 and currently teaches a variety of courses including modeling, animation, illustration, and technical publishing. He has served as Editor of the Engineering Design Graphics Journal as well as Chair of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. He is the author of over 70 technical papers and 17 texts on industrial graphics and has served as a consultant to education, industry, and government for over 30 years.

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Models for Evaluating Visualization Center Effectiveness: Selected Case Studies


Seven visualization centers at institutions of higher learning in the Unites States were visited where directors or senior staff/faculty of visualization centers or laboratories were interviewed using a standard survey instrument. These centers represented science, medicine, engineering, art, and social science disciplines. Of particular interest were original and continuing funding models, the organizational structure of each facility, the profiles of participating faculty, and the relationship of the centers’ research activities with undergraduate and graduate academic programs. This paper develops three models based on the sampled centers, describes the topology of visualization activities, and draws preliminary conclusions from the survey data.


Data visualization has become an important tool in technical education and practice as witnessed in technology, the sciences, medicine, engineering, and social science. Technologies for interacting with complex multi-dimensional data have become economically feasible and functionally practicable as witnessed by the establishment of “Visualization Centers” at a number of university locations. Visualization technologies include, but are not limited to: immersive and non-immersive virtual reality experiences, active and passive stereo displays, multiple displays using data walls, animations, and simulations. To better understand the current state of visualization activities, seven such centers were sampled for a survey conducted by the researcher. A chronological listing of the centers that were visited is found in Appendix A. Indeed, visualization technologies have become sufficiently mature that most, if not all, technical problems in delivering visualization functionality have been solved. Still, many questions concerning implementation, especially as part of degree programs, persist.

Duff, J. (2008, June), Models For Evaluating Visualization Center Effectiveness Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3476

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