SummerViz 2018

Australian Summer School on Data Visualisation
5–9 February 2018, Monash University, Melbourne

SummerViz 2018

We are pleased to announce SummerViz 2018, the second Australian Summer School on Data Visualisation. This is the perfect Summer School if you are an Honours, Masters or PhD student, who is about to start a research project in data visualisation. It will also suit PostDoc researchers who are moving into data vis. Learn how to effectively apply Data Visualisation, which is one of the most powerful ways for understanding data and communicating insights to your audience.

Morning lectures by leading researchers will cover the basics of data visualisation followed by hands on studio classes, which introduce the most popular tools and design methodologies. For the rest of the day you will get to know your fellow students by working on a group project. The project with the best visualisation will be awarded a prize at the end of the week. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

The Summer School will be held at Clayton Campus of Monash University in Melbourne. It will include a tour of the CAVE2™ hybrid 2D and 3D virtual reality environment, as well as a visit to sensiLab to see innovative visualisation research projects at Monash.

If you are interested in attending you will need to complete an expression of interest (see Registration below).

Dates & Location

5 to 9 February 2018

Clayton Campus of Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.


The morning lectures will cover topics such as History & Future of Data Visualisation, Data Visualisation: What, Why & How, Scientific Visualisation, Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality, Data Visualisation Research Methodology, and Visual Analytics.
The afternoon studio classes will cover software tools and methods such as 5 design sheet methodology, R, D3, ParaView, and Unity.

  Sun Feb 4 Mon Feb 5 Tue Feb 6 Wed Feb 7 Thu Feb 8 Fri Feb 9
9:00am - 12:00pm Welcome, Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm Arrival Hands on
(studio class),
Hands on
(studio classes)
Hands on
(studio classes)
Work on
group projects
Group presentations, Farewell
4:00pm - 6:00pm Arrival Work on
group projects
Work on
group projects
Work on
group projects
Work on
group projects
Evening Arrival SummerViz Reception Work on
group projects
SummerViz Dinner Work on
group projects


A number of rooms will be made available through Mannix College in walking distance to the main venue of the summer school. Single rooms provided by Mannix College offer basic student accommodation with shared bathrooms. The costs of accommodation will be covered with registration B.

Registration and Costs

Registration for SummerViz 2018 is a two stage process. The number of participants is limited.

Stage 1Expression of interest by 1 December 2017.

Confirmation of participation will be sent on 8 December 2017.

Stage 2 — Payment of registration fee by 17 December 2017 for confirmed participants.

Confirmed participants of SummerViz 2018 are required to pay a registration fee. There are two registration options. Both registration options cover the participation fee, the SummerVis reception, SummerViz dinner, and transportation to these events. Registration B additionally includes accomodation and breakfast.

Funding Acknowledgments

Support for SummerViz 2018 is kindly provided by

Faculty of Information Technology
Monash University, Australia


Bernie Jenny, Monash University (Australia)
Justin Baker, CSIRO (Australia)
David Barnes, Monash University (Australia)
Tobias Czauderna, Monash University (Australia)
Tim Dwyer, Monash University (Australia)
Jon McCormack, Monash University (Australia)
Kim Marriott, Monash University (Australia)
Bruce Thomas, University of South Australia (Australia)

Contact: Bernie Jenny

SummerViz 2017

Winners "Best Project Award"

SummerViz 2017 winners of the "Best Project Award" for their project "Visualising Melbourne Pedestrian Count"
from left to right: James Walsh, Vahan Yoghourdjian, Maxim Shishmarev, Humphrey Otovwe Obie, Shampa Shahriyar

Comments from participants

"This event brings people from different fields and backgrounds together."
"Meeting experts in the field of data visualisation who not only taught but also showed how they have used the techniques in their careers."
"Exciting lectures and studio class. Professors were talking a lot about history and future devlopment which gives a whole picture of the topic."
"This event gives people with no background in data visualisation a good view of it."
"The studio sessions were good. I loved the lectures."
"We had a wide variety in speakers in their areas of speciality."