Marti A. Hearst


University of California, Berkeley

Research: Information Visualization

We have explored a number of innovative methods of visualizing abstract information more effectively.

Text Visualization
  • Tag Clouds: Data Analysis Tool or Social Signaller?, Hearst and Rosner, HICSS 2008, Social Spaces minitrack.   pdf
  • Information Visualization for Search Interfaces, Hearst, Chapter 10 of Search User Interfaces, Cambridge University Press, 2009. html
  • Information Visualization for Text Analysis, Hearst, Chapter 11 of Search User Interfaces, Cambridge University Press, 2009. html
  • TileBars: Visualization of Term Distribution Information in Full Text Information Access, Marti Herast Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems(CHI), pp. 59-66, Denver, CO, May 1995. html     More information

    Image of TileBars interface

  • Cat-a-Cone: An Interactive Interface for Specifying Searches and Viewing Retrieval Results using a Large Category Hierarchy , Marti Hearst and Chandu Karadi, Proceedings of the 20th Annual International ACM/SIGIR Conference Philadelphia, PA, July 1997, pdf html (this version has an appendix with larger images)

    Image of Cat-a-Cone interface

  • User Interfaces and Visualization by M. Hearst, in Modern Information Retrieval edited by Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribeiro-Neto, Addison-Wesley Longman Publishing Company, 1999. html
Information Visualization Tutorials and Courses
  • Keynote talk at NVAC 2006:
    Visualization: in Text Analysis Problems   ppt (6M)
  • Tutorial presented at CHI 2003:
    Information Visualization: Principles, Promise, and Pragmatics   ppt (8.2M)
  • Tutorial presented at SIGIR 2003:
    User Interfaces and Visualization for Information Access ppt (10.6M)
  • Regularly Taught course:
    Information Visualization and Presentation
    Lecture materials and class projects from prior years: F'08   F'05   S'04   S'02   F'00   S'98

Other Projects
  • Improving Aviation Safety with Information Visualization: A Flight Simulation Study, Cecilia Aragon and Marti Hearst, proceedings of CHI 2005.   pdf

  • ImproViz: Visual Explorations of Jazz Improvisations Jon Snydal and Marti Hearst, CHI 2005 Conference Companion   pdf of the paper   pdf of the poster

  • Animated Exploration of Graphs with Radial Layout, Ka-Ping Yee, Danyel Fisher, Rachna Dhamija, Marti Hearst, in IEEE Infovis Symposium, San Deigo, CA, October 2001.