Framework paper submitted to InfoVis

fter significant effort, I today submitted my first full-length paper as first author to Information Visualization 2010. My supervisor, Dr. Lyn Bartram, co-wrote as second author.

In contrast to our submissions to IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, CHI, and UbiComp, which more or less took the form of design studies with accompanying discussion, our submission to InfoVis is explicitly a theory paper. In it, we propose a framework of dimensions related to the visualization of residential resource use. This theoretical structure is the by-product of our work on North House and West House over the past 18 months, and the accompanying literature reviews and environmental scans of the marketplace that we have undertaken throughout the process. I hope the reviewers see the potential that this domain represents for InfoVis researchers.

Rodgers, J. and Bartram, L. (2010). Visualizing Residential Resource Use: A Framework for Design.

Providing effective feedback on resource consumption in the home is a key challenge of environmental conservation efforts. However, existing approaches have relied on a variety of assumptions about effective techniques without a unifying theoretical foundation. We present a comprehensive framework for the analysis and design of visualization instances in the domain of residential resource use. We base this framework on our research experience in three contexts: 1) the design and implementation of energy management systems in two high-profile sustainable homes, 2) an extensive review of the relevant literature, and 3) an analysis of currently available tools, both commercial and research-based. Our proposed framework comprises five sets of dimensions upon which visualization tools may be mapped: Context, Behaviour, Human Factors, Aesthetics, and Data. It serves both the investigation of existing instances and the design of future systems. We offer this framework with the intention of laying the groundwork needed for a deeper understanding of approaches to visualizing resource use, and in hopes of establishing a common set of terms to characterize the field.