Wizualization: A "Hard Magic" Visualization System for Immersive and Ubiquitous Analytics

Andrea Batch, Peter William Scott Butcher, Panagiotis D. Ritsos, Niklas Elmqvist

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2023-10-25T04:00:00ZGMT-0600Change your timezone on the schedule page
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Data scientists at the CDC use the Wizualization system in augmented reality for faster, more intuitive data visualization.
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immersive analytics, situated analytics, ubiquitous analytics, gestural interaction, voice interaction


What if magic could be used as an effective metaphor to perform data visualization and analysis using speech and gestures while mobile and on-the-go? In this paper, we introduce Wizualization, a visual analytics system for eXtended Reality (XR) that enables an analyst to author and interact with visualizations using such a magic system through gestures, speech commands, and touch interaction. Wizualization is a rendering system for current XR headsets that comprises several components: a cross-device (or Arcane Focuses) infrastructure for signalling and view control (Weave), a code notebook (Spellbook), and a grammar of graphics for XR (Optomancy). The system offers users three modes of input: gestures, spoken commands, and materials. We demonstrate Wizualization and its components using a motivating scenario on collaborative data analysis of pandemic data across time and space