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[FW] The PhD in Visualization Starter Kit (PVSK)

posted Jan 22, 2013, 11:11 AM by Teng-Yok Lee   [ updated Jan 25, 2013, 6:14 PM ]
Robert S. Laramee

Writing a PhD is difficult. And those that are just starting a PhD in visualization have not usually acquired all of the key skills necessary for completion since they are not normally taught as part of an undergraduate curriculum. For example, how does a researcher navigate through the vast amounts of previously published literature related to their topic? Furthermore, for some, this may be their first time implementing a larger, long-term project. Developing a large software application requires more knowledge than implementing a small one. Given, a larger sized visualization application, how can bugs and problems be tracked down and eliminated? And what is a good starting point when it comes time to writing a research paper?

We present some of the essential skills that a PhD candidate in Visualization acquires during their study including (1) reading and (2) writing research papers as well as (3) implementing and (4) debugging software. We hope that the guidelines presented here will help jump-start the new researcher's journey towards a PhD in visualization. ( intro slides )