Plenary Talk
Abstract Art vs Information Visualization

Kang Zhang
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas 75083-0688

In this talk, we will study some of the theories and practices in abstract art and their existing and potential applications to information visualization. We discuss the three dimensions of painting, i.e. form, color, and texture, various visual cognition principles, and finally aesthetic compositions used in abstract painting but applicable to information visualization. Our objective is to bridge visual arts with information visualization, so that the latter could learn from the former in creating more aesthetic visualizations and thus making the viewer's visualizing process a pleasant experience.

Short Bio:

Kang Zhang is Professor and Director of Visual Computing Lab of Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, in 1982; and Ph.D. from the University of Brighton, UK, in 1990. Prior to joining UT-Dallas, he held academic positions in China, the UK and Australia. Kang has a passion in visual arts and had won prizes in oil painting and Chinese calligraphy. His research interests are in visual programming, information visualization, graphical user interfaces, and Web engineering. He has published over 160 works in these areas, and is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, and an Associate Editor of International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering. His home page is at