sfu sfu ubc bcit
Vancouver Institute for
Visual Analytics
The Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) is a joint research institute between Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. We are here to let you know about the value of visual analytics, to provide you with training on visual analytics tools, techniques, and theory, and to connect you with visual analytics enthusiasts through various events. We hope that students, researchers, and industries all can solve problems with the help of visual analytics, and from each other.

Members get it all.

Workshops and Courses

Take our student workshops or professional courses to gain an edge on today's big data processing tools and their effective use.

One-on-one Mentorship

Work one-on-one with a visual analytics (VA) student or VA mentor on your needs or projects. The students and mentors have access to some of the best visual analytics tools and software.

Connect with Others

Get exclusive invites to our events that host analytic community socials, and be a part of our supportive analytics community.

What type of VIVA Membership is right for you?


With more and more companies utilizing big data, the demand for data analysts is growing. Companies are struggling to find analytic talent. Do you want to land the sexiest job of the 21st century? Earn a certificate of recognition as a junior visual analyst by completing our program of extracurricular workshops and projects, and get recommended to industries in need of analytic talent. Learn more:

Industry Professionals:

Industry Professionals: We offer information seminars and technical, hands-on courses and workshops for upgrading personnel capabilities in visual analytics. We also provide access to visual analytics tools and techniques in our labs located in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, as well as tool evaluation sessions. Discounted Membership is available for individuals and start-up/not-for-profit employees. Learn More:

Featured courses

If you have never heard of visual analytics, or are curious to learn more about how it could help your organization get more out of data, then we invite you to attend this hour-long event which will give you the essentials of what visual analytics is.

The goal of this course is to get you accustomed to visual analytics. It includes real-world examples, videos, and interactive demos of visual analysis – tools and methods.

This course is for those wanting a solid understanding of the many aspects of visual analytics – from theory to practice. It includes two half-days of hands-on tutorials with the latest visual analytics software tools.
This semester-long intensive course is intended for industry professionals and students pursuing professional master’s degrees. It focuses on the practical use of visual analytics tools and techniques through both seminar and lab components.

Upcoming Courses & Events

09 September 2015

Visual Analytics Breakfast

An overview of Visual Analytics over a healthy breakfast.

  • Location: SFU Harbour Centre (Rm# 1415, 515 W Hastings St.)
  • Duration: 1 hour

16 September 2015

1/2-Day Course

An Introduction to Visual Analytics

  • Location: SFU Harbour Centre (Rm# 1415, 515 W Hastings St.)
  • Duration: 3.5 hours

23 and 24 September 2015

2-Day Course

Visual Analytics: From Theory to Practice

  • Location: SFU Harbour Centre (Rm# 1520 & 2945, 515 W Hastings St.)
  • Duration: 2 x 8 hours (with breaks)

Starts 16 September 2015

Full Course

Applied Visual Analytics

  • Location: SFU Harbour Centre (Rm# TBA, 515 W Hastings St.)
  • Duration: 12 weeks x 3 hours

a joint initiative of