The Visualization for Information Analysis lab (vialab)

Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Oshawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Research on data science, human-computer interaction, interface design, information visualization, and visual analytics

Areas of expertise

The Visualization for Information Analysis lab (vialab) is a research group with a focus on information visualization, with special attention on text and document analysis. Other research themes include human-computer interaction more generally, interactive pen/touch surface display interaction and applications research, and computer supported learning. The lab maintains a range of collaborations with other academic researchers both at Ontario Tech and beyond, as well as industrial collaborations.

Research services

Visualization design and implementation, usability testing, interface design, and interaction design, crowd-sourced studies, eye-tracking studies

Sectors of application
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Education
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Management and business related services
  • Policy and governance
OptiTrack – Motion Capture SystemMillimeter precision tracking of people and objects
MultiTaction 55” pen/touch screenPen/touch enabled screen
Hoylu Interactive Wall DisplayPen-enabled wall display for large-scale analytics applications
HTC VIVE VR HeadsetVirtual reality system
Tobii Eye X60 TrackerPrecision eye-tracking system
Pupil Eye Tracker (2)Head-mounted eye-tracking system (mobile)
Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface PenPen/touch interaction device
Shimmer GSR sensorWrist worn Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensor to measure stress
  • Microsoft Research
  • Quillsoft