TU Wien Informatics

TU Wien Informatics Wins Big at GD2019

  • 2019-10-17
  • Research

Three teams of TU Wien Informatics win top spots in the Creative Challenge category of this year’s Graphic Drawing Contest.

Markus Wallinger’s graphical visualization of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Markus Wallinger’s graphical visualization of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Every year at the International Symposium on Graph Drawing and Network Visualization a contest is held in which researchers produce a visualization (made by hand or automatically generated) of a given dataset and compete on which one represents it the best, according to various criteria that include the overall presentation and the faithfulness to the original dataset.

Creative Challenge: Meal Ingredients

PhD students Guangping Li, Soeren Nickel and their advisor Martin Nöllenburg from the Algorithms and Complexity Group together with their colleagues Hsiang-Yun Wu and Ivan Viola from the Computer Graphics Group at TU Wien Informatics won the First Prize in the category “Creative Topics: Meal Ingredients”. In this category the task was to visualize a food network consisting of 151 international recipes with almost 300 ingredients. Their submission “World Map of Recipes” was computed by a new multi-level force-based algorithm originally developed for visualizing and untangling complex metabolic networks in biology. Both types of networks share many structural similarities. The background flags and the legend were added manually to the final design.

Creative Challenge: Marvel Cinematic Universe

In the category “Creative Topics: Marvel Cinematic Universe”, Markus Wallinger, a Master student in the Algorithms and Complexity Group, won the Second Prize for his metro-map-style layout of a network of 28 characters and their co-occurrences in 24 Marvel superhero movies. It was created by combining the layout algorithms currently under development for his Master’s thesis with some manual postprocessing.

CVAST’s entry infographic “The Fabric of Heroes” was awarded the third place, and we sincerely congratulate Velitchko Filipov, Alessio Arleo, Davide Ceneda and Silvia Miksch.

We congratulate all winners.

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