The 13th Peking University Visual Development Frontier Postgraduate Summer School was successfully held

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From July 11th to 24th, 2022, the 13th Peking University Visual Development Frontier Postgraduate Summer School was successfully held. This year’s summer school invites a number of well-known scholars with profound accomplishments in the field of visualization research at home and abroad to systematically teach and discuss cutting-edge theories and research methods in this field for students from all over the world.

This year’s Visualization Summer School has more than 500 students from 31 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government and special administrative regions in China, as well as 166 units in 7 overseas countries or regions to sign up. After merit selection, 117 formal students and 327 informal students were admitted. Students come from computer majors, design majors and various application fields. In addition to listening to lectures, formal students form teams in different directions and carry out team curriculum design work during the summer school under the guidance of their tutors.

Teaching process

This summer school has invited more than ten scholars from home and abroad to give lectures. During the first three days of the summer school, the basic course was conducted by Yuan Xiaoru (Peking University) and Zhang Xiaolong (Penn State University), Tao Jun (Sun Yat-sen University), Chen Siming (Fudan University), Li Guozheng (Beijing Institute of Technology) and Liu Zipeng (Beijing Airlines) Aerospace University), etc., combined with Peking University’s data visualization MOOC, in a combination of online and offline, to explain the evolution of visualization, data types, tasks and coding types, visualization of various data types, scientific visualization and user evaluation. Help students, especially those in non-computer fields, to master the core basic knowledge related to visualization.

After that, two professors Rebecca Ruige Xu (Syracuse University) and Yvette Shen (Ohio State University) gave in-depth explanations from the perspective of design and art. Speakers of other cutting-edge presentations include Niklas Elmqvist (University of Maryland, College Park), Petra Isenberg (Institute for Information and Automation, France), Jian Chen (Ohio State University), Zhicheng Liu (University of Maryland), Cagatay Turkay (University of Warwick), Introduce cutting-edge research from interactive visualization, visual grammar and authoring tools, application of deep learning in visualization, visual evaluation and immersive visual analysis, which greatly expand the knowledge of students.

Rebecca Ruige Xu teaches art visualization design

Jian Chen introduces the application of deep learning in visualization

Niklas Elmqvist brings immersive visual reporting

Course Design

A major feature of the Peking University Visualization Summer School is the high-level curriculum design. Following the attempt to recruit visualization and design students in the previous years, the 2022 summer school will simultaneously recruit students and scholars in visualization-related majors, design majors and application fields to carry out course design in the form of group cooperation. The topics of the course design are closely related to the cultural development of China and the world, covering many topics such as history, culture, economy, etc., with special attention to the fields related to Chinese history, such as Chinese Song Dynasty wooden architecture, early symbol depiction, Spring and Autumn Warring States War, China The evolution of colleges and universities, ancient Chinese pagodas, historical figures in Nanjing, the twenty-four solar terms, the chronology of stems and branches, etc. Students are divided into corresponding course design groups according to their professional expertise and interest in topic selection. During ChinaVis on July 24, the excellent course design team shared and explained the visualization works at the conference site. Related works will be shared online in the future.

Part of the course design effect

Students share course design works

Group photo sharing at the ChinaVis conference

This summer school is a successful attempt to carry out cross-disciplinary cooperation in the field of visualization. Students and scholars from different fields have done wonderful work during the summer school through close cooperation. Many curriculum design work involves the field of humanities and social sciences, and many visualization The project is still in active progress. We welcome more talents who have a strong interest in visualization and are interested in visualization research and industry development.

The excellent course design of the summer school will be successively included in the “Visualizing China” webpage

Summer School webpage

The Visualization and Visual Analysis Laboratory welcomes cooperation in all aspects, and those who are interested contact xiaoru.yuan[at]

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