Research Areas of Interest

I’m interested in many areas of visualization and visual analytics. I’ve written multiple books and parts of books. I research, write, publish and blog about these visualization themes:

Text, Shape, Glyphs, High cardinality categories, Bertin

Rules and Alerts, Insight generation, Natural language generation

Financial Markets, Professional Sports, Supply Chain,
Spreadsheets, Business Applications

Design and Evaluation
Aesthetics, Process, Analogy, Connotation, Heuristics, Critique, Metrics

3D, Big Data, Knowledge Maps

Analytics and Machine Learning
Factor decomposition, Classification, What-if, Forecasting

Peer Reviewed Conference Publications and Journal Articles

Brath, R. Surveying Wonderland to Uncover More Literature Visualization Techniques. IEEE VisWeek 2021, 6th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities (VIS4DH), October 2021. Paper.

Brath, R. and C. Hagerman, Automated Insights on Visualizations with Natural Language Generation. 25th International Conference Information Visualization, Sydney, July 2021. Paper.

Brath, R., Literal Encoding: Text Is a First-Class Data Encoding. IEEE VIS 2020, Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities, Salt Lake City, October 2020. Paper.

Brath, R., C. Hagerman and E. Sorenson. Why Two Y-Axes (Y2Y): A Case Study for Visual Correlation with Dual Axes. 24th International Conference Information Visualisation, Vienna, September 2020. Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. The Design Space of Sparkwords at Eurovis 2019: 21st EG/VGTC Conference on Visualization (Porto, June 2019). Paper.

Hagerman, C., R. Brath and S. Langevin. Visual Analytic System for Subject Matter Expert Document Tagging using Information Retrieval and Semi-Supervised Machine Learning. at IV19: 23rd International Conference Information Visualization, Paris, July 2019. Paper.

Jonker, D., R. Brath and S. Langevin. Industry-Driven Visual Analytics for Understanding Financial Timeseries Models. at IV19: 23rd International Conference Information Visualization, Paris, July 2019. Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Bertin’s forgotten typographic variables and new typographic visualization. in Computer and Geographic Information Systems (CaGIS). Journal special issue on 50th anniversary of Jacques Bertin (Nov 2018). Journal Link.

Brath, R. Techniques for Adding Diverse Contextual Data into Visualizations at Information+ 2018 (Berlin 2018). Presentation.

Brath, R. and M. Matusiak. Automated Annotations at Visualization for Communication Workshop (VisComm, Berlin 2018). Paper.

Brath, R. Text in Visualization. PhD dissertation. London South Bank University, 2018. Thesis.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Microtext Line Charts at Information Visualization 2017 (IV2017). (London). Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Stem & Leaf Plots Extended for Text Visualizations at 14th International Conference Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization (CGiV) 2017. (Marrakech, 2017). Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Multivariate Label-based Thematic Maps in International Journal of Cartography, 23 March 2017. Journal Link.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Using Typography to Expand the Design Space of Data Visualization in She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation. vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 59–87. Journal Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Evaluation of Visualization by Critiques at Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization (BELIV) (Baltimore 2016). Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Typographic Sets: Labelled Set Elements with Font Attributes, at International Workshop on Set Visualization and Reasoning 2016 (Philadelphia 2016). Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Font Attributes enrich Knowledge Maps and Information Retrieval in International Journal on Digital Libraries, 2016. Journal Paper.

Brath, R. High Category Glyphs in Industry at IEEE VisWeek 2015, Practitioner Session. (Chicago 2015). Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Using Type to Add Data to Data Visualizations at TypeCon 2015, (Denver 2015).

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Using Text in Visualizations for Micro/Macro Readings at TextVis Workshop 2015 (Atlanta 2015). Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Evaluating Lossiness and Fidelity in Information Visualization at SPIE 2015. (San Francisco 2015). Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. Using Font Attributes in Knowledge Maps and Information Retrieval, at First Workshop on Knowledge Maps and Information Retrieval, 2014 (London 2014). Paper.

Brath, R. and E. Banissi. The Design Space of Typeface, at VisWeek, 2014 (Paris 2014). Paper.

R. Brath, L. Comrie, D. Keller, E. Knuth and E. Sorenson. Challenges in Financial Visualization. VisWeek 2014. (Paris, 2014). Panel paper.

Brath, R., 3D InfoVis is Here to Stay. IEEE VIS International Workshop on 3DVis, 2014. (Paris 2014). Paper.

Brath, R. Architectural Interactive Glass, Layering Devices and Collaboration. at Death of the Desktop: Data Physicalization Workshop at Visweek Paris. 2014. Paper.

Moon, B. and R. Brath, Bloomberg Sports Visualization for Pitch Analysis. IEEE VisWeek Sports Visualization Workshop, Oct 2013. Paper.

Sorenson, E., and R. Brath, Financial Visualization Case Study: Correlating Financial Timeseries and Discrete Events to Support Investment Decisions. IV13 Conference. London 2013. Paper.

Brath, R., MacMurchy, P., Sphere-based Information Visualization: Challenges and Benefits. In Proceedings of 16th International Conference on Information Visualization, 2012  (IV’12). Paper. Demo.

Brath, R., Multi-Attribute Glyphs on Venn and Euler Diagrams to Represent Data and Aid Visual Decoding. Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Euler Diagrams 2012.pp 122-129. Paper.

Brath, R., Multiple Shape Attributes in Information Visualization: Guidance from Prior Art and Experiments. 14th International Conference on Information Visualization, 2010. (IV’10).pp 433-438. Paper.

Brath, R., The Many Dimensions of Shape. Keynote Lecture, 13th International Conference on Information Visualization, Barcelona, 2009 (IV’09). Slides.

Brath, R., Use of Analogy in Synthesizing Novel Visualizations. 12th International Conference on Information Visualization, 2008. (IV’08). pp 481-484.

Mirel, B., P. Goldsmith, R. Brath, and B. Cort, Visual Analytics for Model-Based Policy Analysis: Exploring Rapid Changes in Commodities Markets. Proceedings of the 8th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Bridging Disciplines & Domains, 2007. Digital Government Society of North America. Paper.

Brath, R. and M. Peters, Spreadsheet Validation and Analysis through Content Visualization. Proceedings European Spreadsheet Risks Int. Group (EuSpRIG) 2006. Paper.

Brath, R. and M. Peters, Excel Visualizer: One Click WYSIWYG Spreadsheet Visualization.  Tenth International Conference on Information Visualization 2006 (IV’06). pp 68-73.

Brath, R., M. Peters and R. Senior, Visualization for Communication: The Importance of Aesthetic Sizzle, Ninth International Conference on Information Visualization 2005 (IV’05). pp 724-729. Paper.

Brath, R., Paper Landscapes: A Visualization Design Methodology, Proceedings SPIE Visualization and Data Analysis 2003. Paper.

Brath, R. Effective Information Visualization. Guidelines and Metrics for 3D Interactive Representations of Business Data. Master dissertation. University of Toronto, 1999. Thesis.

Brath, R.,  Metrics for Effective Information Visualization, IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 1997. pp 108-111. Paper.

Brath, R., 3D Interactive Information Visualization: Guidelines from experience and analysis of applications, HCI International, June 1997.pp 865-868.  Paper.

Brath, R. Information Architecture, Reality and Virtual Reality / ACADIA Conference Proceedings, October 1991.


I have presented at many industry conferences, universities and industrial research labs. Some are listed here:

Brath, R. The Vast Potential for New Text Visualizations at University of British Columbia. January 31, 2020. Video.

Brath, R. A Critical Review of Visualization Informed by Cartography at Sous le texte la carte: La visualisation du texte en cartographie. ESAD Valence. November 28, 2019.

Jonker, D. and R. Brath. Value in the Details: Mapping the Universe with Big Data Visualization for Big Data and Global Policies. Yale. November 7, 2019.

Brath, R. Using Typography to Expand the Design Space of Data Visualization for HCI Design Studio One, 2018. Indiana University, Bloomington. October 3, 2018.

Brath, R. and S. Langevin. Text Analytics and New Visualization Techniques at a peer-review industry conference Strata Big Data Conference: Make Data Work. (New York, 2017). Slides. Video.

Brath, R. Beyond Technical Analysis: Using Data Visualization to Understand Market Data, Fundamentals, Technicals, Models, News, Social and More. Chartered Market Technician Association Annual Symposium, New York. April 6, 2017.

Brath, R. and R. Harper, Value in the Details: Understanding Data Through Visual Exploration, Strata Big Data Conference: Make Data Work. (New York, 2015). Slides. Video.

Brath, R. and D. Jonker, Visualizing Big Graphs and Social Networks, Strata New York, Oct 2013. Slides.

Brath, R., and N. Schwartz. Making Major League Data Work – Example Big Data Visualization. Strata New York, Sept 2012. Slides. Video. Poster.

Brath R., Visual Discovery, Visual Fusion and Visual Analytics. Predictive Analytics World, April 25-26, 2012 Toronto.

Brath R., Challenges with Big Data Visualization. Strata Event “Explore Data After Dark”, Strata NY 2011, Sep 20-22, 2011.    

Brath R., and M. Peters. Visualizing Portfolios of Projects. Microsoft Project Conference Nov 26, 2008, Vancouver.

Brath R., Search, Sense-making and Visual User Interfaces, Boston Search Engine Meeting, April 29-30 2008, Boston. (award for runner up best paper)

Brath R., Introduction to Information Visualization, Managing Information in the Public Sector, Apr 24-25 2008, Toronto.

Brath R. Visualization and Sense-Making, Special Libraries Association Annual Conference June 3-6, 2007, Denver.

Brath R., Risk and Portfolio Visualization, Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Annual Conference Feb 27-28, 2007.

Brath R., Excel-based Financial Visualization, Infrastructure for Advanced Trading Forum, May 11, 2005, New York.

Brath, R. and M. Peters, Information Visualization for Business – Past & Future, DM Review Magazine, January, 2005.

Brath, R. and M. Peters, Dashboard Design: Why Design is Important, DM Review Magazine/ DM Direct, October, 2004.

Brath, R. and A. Brody, Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Using Data Visualization to Spot Patterns and Anomalies in Business Data. DM Review Magazine, October 2003.

Brath R. Visualization in the Real World and Future Direction, Computer World Conference, March 4, 2002.

Brath R., Introducing In3D. The Data Warehouse Institute World Conference Fall 2001. 

Brath R. Internet Server Visualization. Comdex 2000. November 12-14, 2000.

Brath R and P De La Zerda. Business Data Analysis and Visualization. Data Mining Strategies.. Feb 2000.

Brath, R. Visualizing the Supply Chain. Rhythm User Group Annual Meeting, October 10, 1999.

Brath, R. Using 3-Dimensional Interaction to Uncover Patterns of Knowledge in Corporate Data, Canada’s Association of I.T. Professionals (CIPS), September 1999.

Brath, R. Visualizing Credit Risk with Drill-down through Multi-variate Distributions and Scatterplots. RMA Credit Risk. June 1998.

Brath, R. and R. Duncan. Visualizing Data. Book review in Dr. Dobb’s Journal, June 1997.