Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Interactive Visualization of Document Search Results"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Information Visualization, Web Programming, Human-Centered Design, Information Retrieval, Search Interfaces
Project Description:
A web-based visual analytics system has been developed that indexes a large set of documents (scientific papers from PubMed) and allows users to search on the collection. Currently, the system clusters search results according to common concepts (e.g., breast cancer) and visualizes the clusters. At this stage of development, the amount of information is still often too much for users to find what they are looking for. A more advanced visualization must be developed that allows users to interact with the search results in interesting ways. The work done in this internship will constitute a component of the existing system.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will work with the professors to brainstorm a solution to the proposed problem. The student will implement the solution and receive ongoing feedback on their progress.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
The student should have strong web programming skills, particularly with JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. Experience with JavaScript libraries such as D3, Angular.js, and JQuery is desirable. Experience with PHP and search indexing software (Apache Lucene/Solr) is beneficial but not necessary. Experience in human-computer interaction or user experience design can be an asset.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Parsons, Paul
Computer Graphics Technology

Student Supervisor

Paul Parsons
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

David Ebert
Electrical and Computer Engineering