SPLASH 2020
Sun 15 - Sat 21 November 2020 Online Conference
Tue 17 Nov 2020 13:20 - 13:40 at SPLASH-VI - Full Talks II Chair(s): Roly Perera

Explorable explanations (a.k.a. ‘explorables’) enable readers to learn concepts in domains such as math, physics, and the social sciences by interacting with live visualizations. Despite their popularity, there is currently a high barrier to creating explorables since one must be adept at UI and visualization programming. To learn about these challenges, we interviewed 6 educators who were interested in explorables but lacked the skills to create them from scratch. These interviews gave us design insights to lower some of these implementation barriers. We used these insights to create a live programming system called Data Theater that enables programmers to prototype explorables by writing their simulation logic in Python and mapping Python values to visualization elements using a declarative JSON grammar. To demonstrate the capabilities of Data Theater, we used it to recreate two of Bret Victor’s original physics simulation explorables and found that our approach can lower the barriers to prototyping explorables.

Tue 17 Nov
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13:00 - 14:20: Full Talks IILIVE at SPLASH-VI
Chair(s): Roly PereraThe Alan Turing Institute/University of Bristol

SPLASH-VI YouTube live stream

13:00 - 13:20
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Jürgen HahnUniversity of Regensburg, Raphael WimmerUniversity of Regensburg
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13:20 - 13:40
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Sam LauUniversity of California San Diego, Philip GuoUniversity of California San Diego
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13:40 - 14:00
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Brian HempelUniversity of Chicago, Ravi ChughUniversity of Chicago
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14:00 - 14:20
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