jagoda walny

visual thinking with data

Jagoda Walny

About Jagoda

I design and research software interfaces to support visual thinking about data. Currently: Technical Specialist leading the Visual Data & Design group at the Canada Energy Regulator. Previously: Postdoctoral Fellow + Data Vis Team Lead at the Interactions Lab working with Dr. Wesley Willett and Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale on an open energy data visualization project. I completed my PhD in Computer Science with Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale in 2016.

About My Research

Visual thinking is an essential part of day-to-day work processes for many people, both alone and in conversation with others. The goal of my research is to enable interactive visual thinking in information visualization interfaces — both in terms of representation and interaction — to support people in better engaging with and understanding information. To gain a deeper understanding of these thinking practices, my primary approach has been to use information visualization as a lens to qualitatively study visual constructs left behind from visual thinking. My current research investigates how to translate findings from these qualitative studies into designs for interfaces that support thinking visually about data.

Refereed Journal and Conference Publications

Jagoda Walny, Sarah Storteboom, Richard Pusch, Steven Munsu Hwang, Søren Knudsen, Sheelagh Carpendale, and Wesley Willett. PixelClipper: Supporting Public Engagement and Conversation About Visualizations. In IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 57-70, Mar.-Apr. 1 2020.

Jagoda Walny, Christian Frisson, Mieka West, Doris Kosminsky, Søren Knudsen, Sheelagh Carpendale, and Wesley Willett. Data Changes Everything: Challenges and Opportunities in Data Visualization Design Handoff. In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 12-22, Jan. 2020. doi: 10.1109/TVCG.2019.2934538 (Best InfoVis Paper Award) + Accompanying Multiple Views article on Medium.com

Doris Kosminsky, Jagoda Walny, Jo Vermeulen, Søren Knudsen, Wesley Willett, and Sheelagh Carpendale. Belief at first sight: Data visualization and the rationalization of seeing. In Information Design Journal, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 43-55, Dec. 2019.

Jagoda Walny, Samuel Huron, Charles Perin, Tiffany Wun, Richard Pusch and Sheelagh Carpendale. Active Reading of Visualizations. in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 770-780, Jan. 2018. PP(99):1-1, 2017.

Alice Thudt, Jagoda Walny, Charles Perin, Fateme Rajabiyazdi, Lindsay MacDonald, Riane Vardeleon, Saul Greenberg, and Sheelagh Carpendale. Assessing the Readability of Stacked Graphs. In Proceedings of the 2016 Graphics Interface Conference, 2016.

Fateme Rajabiyazdi, Jagoda Walny, Carrie Mah, John Brosz, Sheelagh Carpendale. Understanding Researchers’ Use of a Large, High-Resolution Display Across Disciplines. In ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS ’15). ACM, To appear, 2015.

Jagoda Walny, Samuel Huron and Sheelagh Carpendale. An Exploratory Study of Data Sketching for Visual Representation. Computer Graphics Forum, 34(3) The Eurographics Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2015. (Best Paper Award, 2nd Place)

Jagoda Walny and Sheelagh Carpendale. Towards Supporting Interactive Sketch-Based Visualizations. TRACEY Drawing and Visualization Research Journal, Thinking Through Drawing Edition, 2014.

Jagoda Walny, Bongshin Lee, Paul Johns, Nathalie Henry Riche and Sheelagh Carpendale. Understanding Pen and Touch Interaction for Data Exploration on Interactive Whiteboards. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proceedings Information Visualization 2012), 18(12):2779-2788, December 2012.

Jagoda Walny, Sheelagh Carpendale, Nathalie Henry Riche, Gina Venolia, and Philip Fawcett. Visual Thinking In Action: Visualizations As Used On Whiteboards. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proceedings Information Visualization 2011), November-December, 2011.

Jagoda Walny, Jonathan Haber, Marian Dörk, Jonathan Sillito and Sheelagh Carpendale. Follow that Sketch: Lifecycles of Diagrams and Sketches in Software Development. In VISSOFT 2011: Proceedings of International Workshop on Visualizing Software for Understanding and Analysis. IEEE, 2011.

Robert Morgan, Jagoda Walny, Henning Kolenda, Estaban Ginez and Frank Maurer. Using Horizontal Displays for Distributed & Collocated Agile Planning. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Agile Processes in Software Engineering and eXtreme Programming (XP 2007), Como, Italy 2007 (Springer).

Posters and Workshop Papers

Jagoda Walny and Sheelagh Carpendale. Data Sketches: An Exploratory Study. In Posters Compendium InfoVis, 2014. (Best Poster Award, Honorable Mention)

Jagoda Walny. Supporting Everyday Thinking Practices in Information Visualization Interfaces. In Proceedings of the Ninth ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Doctoral Symposium (ITS ‘14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 479-484. DOI=10.1145/2669485.2669491

Jagoda Walny and Sheelagh Carpendale. Blended Interaction for Information Visualization. In Blended Interaction: Envisioning Future Collaborative Interactive Spaces, an ACM CHI 2013 Workshop, April, 2013.

Florian Perteneder, Christian Grossauer, Thomas Seifried, Jagoda Walny, John Brosz, Tony Tang and Sheelagh Carpendale. Idea Playground: When Brainstorming is Not Enough. In Designing Collaborative Interactive Spaces for e- Creativity, e-Science and e-Learning Workshop, ACM Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI’12)., May, 2012.

Christian Grossauer, Florian Perteneder, Michael Haller, Jagoda Walny, John Brosz, Anthony Tang and Sheelagh Carpendale. MathSketch: Designing a dynamic whiteboard for instructional contexts. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Workshop on Educational Interfaces, Software, and Technology, May, 2012.

Book Chapters

Jagoda Walny, Samuel Huron and Sheelagh Carpendale. Understanding Sketching Practices for Surface Interface Design. In Frank Maurer (Ed.) SurfNet: Designing Digital Surface Applications, pages 112 - 139. NSERC SurfNet, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2016.


Jagoda Walny, “Thinking with Sketches: Leveraging Everyday Use of Visuals for Information Visualization” Ph.D. Thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, December 2016. Winner of the 2016 Bill Buxton Award for Best Canadian Doctoral Dissertation in HCI. Recipient of the 2017 IEEE VGTC VPG Doctoral Dissertation Award (Honourable Mention) . (175 MB) (3.5 MB)

Jagoda Walny, “A Framework for Semantically Verifying Schema Mappings for Data Exchange” M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, January 2010.