What is visual analytics?
Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces.
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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 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?

Students

Students

We offer a Visual Analytics Learning Environment (VALE) that gives students an opportunity to build their visual analytics skills. Completion of our program of extracurricular workshops and projects can earn students a junior visual analyst recognition Learn more:

Academic Researchers

Academic Researchers

We offer visual analytics information seminars and technical, hands-on, visual analytics courses and workshops for upgrading personnel capabilities in visual analytics. We also provide access to visual analytics tools and techniques in our Visual Analytics Research and Instructional laboratory (VARI Lab) environments, as well as tool evaluation sessions. Learn more:

Industry Professionals

Industry Professionals

We offer visual analytics information seminars and technical, hands-on, visual analytics courses and workshops for upgrading personnel capabilities in visual analytics. We also provide access to visual analytics tools and techniques in our Visual Analytics Research and Instructional laboratory (VARI Lab) environments, as well as tool evaluation sessions. Learn More:

Featured workshops and courses

VIVA provides education and training on visual analytics that is not found elsewhere. We have a wide range of visual analytics workshops and courses developed and taught by experts from diverse backgrounds.
Students will explore visual analytics concepts though lectures, discussions, group mini-projects and extensive hands-on use of tools such as Tableau.
The goal of this course is to provide a solid familiarization with visual analytics. It includes real examples, videos, and interactive demos of visual analysis methods and tools.
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.

Upcoming VIVA Events


4 March 2015
9:00AM-12:30PM

1/2 Day Introduction to Visual Analytics Workshop

This introductory course can be attended by all audience levels. Its goal is to provide a solid familiarization with visual analytics. It includes real examples, videos, and interactive demos of visual analysis.

11 March 2015
9:00AM-5:00PM

2-Day VA Workshop - Day 1

This course is suitable for those wanting a solid treatment of many aspects of visual analytics, including two half-days of hands-on tutorials with modern visual analytics software tools such as Tableau or Gephi.

18 March 2015
9:00AM-5:00PM

2-Day VA Workshop - Day 2

This course is suitable for those wanting a solid treatment of many aspects of visual analytics, including two half-days of hands-on tutorials with modern visual analytics software tools such as Tableau or Gephi.

26 March 2015
4:00PM-6:00PM

SPEED DATA EVENT II

Location: SFU Harbour Centre
A meet-up event for VALE students and organizations! This is an opportunity for organizations to present questions, problems and data to VALE students who are looking for projects to work on as part of their VA102.

26 March 2015
6:00PM-8:00PM

VIVA's social event

Location: Steamworks (tentative)
Everyone is welcome! Mingle with other VA enthusiasts over food and drinks!

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