Christian Tominski
apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.


Christian is a scientist at the Institute for Visual & Analytic Computing at the University of Rostock, Germany. He received doctoral (Dr.-Ing.) and post-doctoral (Dr.-Ing. habil.) degrees in 2006 and 2015, respectively. In 2021, he became a professor (apl. Prof.) of human-data interaction. Christian's research is primarily in the area of visualization and visual analytics, with a focus on interacting with visual data representations. He is particularly interested in effective and efficient methods and techniques for interactively exploring, analyzing, and editing complex data. In his work, he emphasizes conceptual aspects and aims to systematically investigate visual analytics challenges. Christian has published numerous papers on new visualization and interaction techniques for multivariate data, temporal data, geo-spatial data, and graph data. He co-authored three books, including a book on the visualization of time-oriented data in 2011 (second edition in 2023), a book focusing on interaction for visualization in 2015, and a text book on interactive visual data analysis in 2020. Christian has developed several visual analytics systems and tools, including the LandVis system for spatio-temporal health data, the CGV system for coordinated graph visualization, the Responsive Matrix Cells for exploring and editing multivariate graphs, and the TimeViz Browser, an interactive catalogue of visualization techniques for time-oriented data.

Research Interests

  • Multi-variate data visualization, time-series visualization, geo-visualization, visualization of movement data, graph visualization
  • Coordinated multiple-views visualization
  • Visualization on interactive displays and large high-resolution displays
  • Interaction for visual data analysis
  • Interactive lenses
  • Interactive visual comparison
  • Navigation and exploration techniques
  • Guidance for visual analytics
  • Analytic support for interactive exploration
  • Efficient algorithms and data structures for visualization
  • Asynchronous progressive computation


Recent talks

Professional Activities

University and Memberships
  • Elected member of the faculty council
  • Member of the GI Visualization special interest group
  • Member of the INFO.RO association
  • Former interim head of the chair of Visual Analytics
  • Former interim head of the chair of Computer Graphics
Editor, Chair, and Organizer
  • Short Papers Co-Chair for EuroVis 2024
  • Symposium HS.2020, 2020
  • Guest-Editor Special Section on Visual Analytics in The Visual Computer, 2018
  • Workshop Co-Chair EuroVis Workshop on Visual Analytics (EuroVA), 2017, 2018
  • Organizer Special Track Interactive Visualization in Novel and Heterogeneous Display Environments at the International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), 2011
  • Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis)
  • EuroVis State-of-the-Art Reports (EuroVis STAR)
  • EuroVis Workshop on Visual Analytics (EuroVA)
  • IEEE Visualization & Visual Analytics (VIS)
  • IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis)
  • IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST)
  • IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization (VISSOFT)
  • International Symposium on Vision, Modeling and Visualization (VMV)
  • International Symposium on Graph Drawing (GD)
  • International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications (IVAPP)
  • International Workshop on Big Data Visual Exploration and Analytics (BigVis)
  • ITS Workshop on Visual Data Exploration on Interactive Surfaces (DEXIS)
  • Journals: Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Computer Graphics Forum, Information Visualization, Computers & Graphics, Computer Graphics and Applications, Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, International Journal on Geographical Information Science, Cartographic Journal, Software: Practice and Experience, Information Systems, Interacting with Computers, Journal of Imaging Sciences and Technology, Informatics, Behavior & Information Technology
  • Conferences and workshops: VIS, EuroVis, CHI, EuroVA, PacificVis, UIST, IV, BigVis, SIGRAD, VAKD, GeoVA(t), GeoViz
  • Research foundations: DFG (Germany), BW Stiftung (Germany), NWO (Netherlands), NSERC (Canada), ANR (France)
  • Publishers: CRC Press, Morgan & Claypool


Visualization of Time-Oriented Data, Second Edition
W. Aigner, S. Miksch, H. Schumann, C. Tominski, Springer, 2023
Building on the success of the first edition, the second edition of the book Visualization of Time-Oriented Data comprehensively highlights current visualization methods as well as approaches to interaction and computational analysis. The book is available under an open-access license.
Interactive Visual Data Analysis
C. Tominski and H. Schumann, A K Peters Visualization Series, CRC Press, 2020
In the age of big data, being able to make sense of data is an important key to success. Interactive Visual Data Analysis advocates the synthesis of visualization, interaction, and automatic computation to facilitate insight generation and knowledge crystallization from large and complex data.
Interaction for Visualization
C. Tominski, Synthesis Lectures on Visualization, No. 3, Morgan & Claypool, 2015
The goal of Interaction for Visualization is to strengthen the interaction side of visualization. Based on a review of general aspects of interaction, the book develops an interaction-oriented view on visualization. This view comprises five key aspects: the data, the tasks, the technology, the human, and the implementation.
Visualization of Time-Oriented Data
W. Aigner, S. Miksch, H. Schumann, C. Tominski, Springer, 2011
Time is an exceptional dimension. Understanding time-oriented data enables us to learn from the past in order to predict, plan, and build the future. Visualization of Time-Oriented Data addresses the distinct characteristics of time and presents appropriate visual and analytical methods to explore and analyze time-oriented data.


Student Information

I provide advice for students on how to engage in student projects and theses in the "Student How To" guide. Reading it is highly recommended.

  • Bachelor Computer Science
    • Visualization Project
    • Visual Data Science
  • Computer Science for Natural Scientists
    • Introduction to Programming
    • Algorithms and Data Structures
Topics for Projects and Theses

MA = Master thesis, BA = Bachelor thesis, SP = Software project, LP = Literature project

  • VR Interaction for 3D Axes-Based VisualizationMA
  • Automatic Labeling for SVG VisualizationsMA
  • Labeling Zoomable Graph VisualizationsMA
  • WebGL Framework for Axes-based VisualizationMA
  • Visualization of Distributed AlgorithmsMA
  • Sub-space Statistics for Guiding Data NavigationMA
  • Guidance for Graph Exploration on Small DisplaysMA
  • Metaphoric Visualization of Marine Data on Mobile DevicesBA, MA
  • Multi-touch Framework for Dynamic Data GraphicsBA, MA
  • Precise Interactive Dual-handed Multi-touch Range SpecificationBA, MA
  • Multi-layer Network VisualizationMA, LP
  • Natural Language Interaction for Visual Data AnalysisMA, LP
  • Coping with Overplotting in Scatter PlotsLP
  • Multi-modal Interaction for VisualizationLP
  • Labeling Choropleth MapsSP, BA
  • A Testbed for Off-screen VisualizationSP
  • 3D Wormplots for Immersive AnalyticsSP


  • G. Andrienko, N. Andrienko, U. Demšar, D. Dransch, J. Dykes, S. I. Fabrikant, M. Jern, M.-J. Kraak, H. Schumann, and C. Tominski. Space and Time. In: D. Keim, J. Kohlhammer, G. Ellis, and F. Mansmann (ed.) Mastering the Information Age – Solving Problems with Visual Analytics, Eurographics Association, ISBN: 9783905673777, 2010.
  • M. Spindler, C. Tominski, H. Schumann, and R. Dachselt. Tangible Views for Information Visualization. Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS), Saarbrücken, Germany, ACM, 2010.
  • M. Spindler, C. Tominski, M. Hauschild, H. Schumann, and R. Dachselt. Novel Fields of Application for Tangible Displays above the Tabletop. Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS), Saarbrücken, Germany, ACM, 2010.
  • M. Spindler, C. Tominski, H. Schumann, and R. Dachselt. Poster: Towards Making InfoVis Views Tangible. Poster at IEEE Conference on Information Visualization (InfoVis), Salt Lake City, USA, 2010.
  • G. Andrienko, N. Andrienko, U. Demšar, D. Dransch, J. Dykes, S. I. Fabrikant, M. Jern, M.-J. Kraak, H. Schumann, and C. Tominski. Space, Time and Visual Analytics. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Vol. 24, No. 10, 2010.
  • S. Hadlak, C. Tominski, H.-J. Schulz, and H. Schumann. Visualization of Attributed Hierarchical Structures in a Spatio-Temporal Context. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Vol. 24, No. 10, 2010.
  • S. Hadlak, C. Tominski, H.-J. Schulz, and H. Schumann. Visualization of Hierarchies in Space and Time. Workshop GeoVA(t) - Geospatial Visual Analytics: Focus on Time at the AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Guimarães, Portugal, 2010.
  • C. Tominski and H. Schumann. Enhanced Interactive Spiral Display. Proceedings of the Annual SIGRAD Conference, Special Theme: Interactivity, Stockholm, Sweden, Linköping University Electronic Press, 2008.
  • C. Tominski and H. Schumann. Visualization of Gene Combinations. Proceedings of the International Conference Information Visualisation (IV), London, UK, IEEE Computer Society, 2008.
  • C. Tominski, G. Fuchs, and H. Schumann. Task-Driven Color Coding. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV), London, UK, IEEE Computer Society, 2008.
  • C. Tominski, P. Schulze-Wollgast, and H. Schumann. Visual Methods for Analyzing Human Health Data. In: N. Wickramasinghe and E. Geisler (ed.) Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems, Information Science Reference, ISBN: 9781599048895, 2008.
  • M. John, C. Tominski, and H. Schumann. Visual and Analytical Extensions for the Table Lens. Proceedings of Visualization and Data Analysis (VDA), San Jose, USA, SPIE/IS&T, 2008.
  • W. Aigner, S. Miksch, W. Müller, H. Schumann, and C. Tominski. Visual Methods for Analyzing Time-Oriented Data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2008.

Mentored Students

  • Glenn S.: Methoden zur Abmilderung des Medienbruchs zwischen VR und Desktop Visualisierung, Bachelor's thesis
  • Norbert Paul S.: Nutzung des leeren Raums bei exozentrischen Visualisierungen abstrakter Daten in der virtuellen Realität, Bachelor's thesis
  • Nils S.: Visual Exploration of Version Histories of Graphs, Bachelor's thesis
  • Hannes H.: Vergleichende Analyse von animierten Transitionen für die Graphvisualisierung, Masters's thesis
  • Sebastian B.: Lokale Dynamische Anpassung von Node-Link Layouts zur Hervorhebung von Features zwischen Knoten, Bachelor's thesis
  • Antonia D.: Handlungsempfehlungen für die visuelle Exploration von multi-skalen Datenräumen, Masters's thesis
  • Joshua L.: Visuelle Hervorhebung in Netzwerkdiagrammen, Bachelor's thesis
  • Antonia D.: Neuronale Netze verstehen durch Visualisierung, Literature project
  • Antonia G.: Visualisierung von Krankheitsausbreitungen, Bachelor's thesis
  • Paul L.: Guiding the Interactive Exploration of Large Ship Models, Bachelor's thesis
  • Hannes H.: Flexible Layouts für Bring & Go, Bachelor's thesis
  • Albrecht R.: Darstellung und Editierung von Transferfunktionen für die visuelle Exploration von 3D Retinadaten, Masters's thesis
  • Arne N.: Multi-touch Interaktion für die visuelle Exploration von Bewegungstrajektorien, Masters's thesis
  • Tim K.: An Interface for the Stereoscopic Visualization of Trajectories, Software project
  • Albrecht R.: Guidance für Visualisierung, Literature project
  • Arne N.: Direkte Manipulation in Visualisierungstechniken, Literature project
  • Philipp A.: Interaktive Anfragen für Bewegungstrajektorien, Masters's thesis
  • Alexander B.: Offscreen Visualisierung, Software project
  • Philipp A.: Extended Dynamic Temporal Queries, Software project
  • Xing W.: Gestures for Exploring and Querying Time-Oriented Data, Masters's thesis
  • Philipp A.: Spatio-Temporal Dynamic Queries, Literature project
  • Geghetsik D.: Task-based Design of Axes-based Visualizations, Masters's thesis
  • Katja D.: Visualisierung der Eigenschaften von Gruppen, Masters's thesis
  • Anja G.: Erweiterte Farbkodierung für die Visualisierung, Studienarbeit
  • Martin P.: Gestaltung und Implementierung der Nutzerschnittstelle von ScatterVis, Software project
  • Sven D.: Voronoi Diagram Editing and Visualization, Software project
  • Diana M.: Data Management for ScatterVis, Software project
  • Florian H.: Visualization with Scattered Data Interpolation, Software project
  • Geghetsik D.: Interaction Techniques for Navigating and Manipulating Visual Representations of Data, Literature project
  • Katja D.: Visualisierung von Mortalitätsdaten, Software project
  • Mikayel E.: Interactive Steering of Analytic Clustering, Masters's thesis
  • Benjamin S.: Text in der Visualisierung, Literature project
  • Benno W.: Touchinteraktion für die Exploration und Manipulation von Graphen, Masters's thesis
  • Benno W.: Multitouch Brushing in a Combined Parallel Coordinates and Scatter Plot, Software project
  • Haykush A.: Interaction Models in Information Visualization, Literature project
  • Shushan B.: Optimized Sequence Queries, Software project
  • Christian E.: Feature-basierte Visualisierung der Next-Subvolume Methode, Masters's thesis
  • Stefan G.: Handlungsempfehlungen für die visuelle Exploration von Graphen, Masters's thesis
  • Benjamin S.: Multitouch Graph Editor, Software project
  • Benno W.: Visualisierung mit neuaritgen Anzeige- und Interaktionsgeräten, Literature project
  • Anne-Katrin B.: Integration von Techniken der Informationsvisualisierung in freie Geobrowser, Diplomarbeit
  • Felix B.: Visualisierung in der Cloud, Literature project
  • Felix B.: Mehrfestervisualisierung im Browser, Software project
  • Christian E.: Effiziente Motivdetektion für die interaktive Analyse von Graphen, Bachelor's thesis
  • Thomas G.: Interaktive Exploration von Graphen in einer hochauflösenden Displayumgebung, Diplomarbeit
  • Stefan G.: Kantenbündelung in interaktiven und zoombaren Visualisierungsumgebungen, Bachelor's thesis
  • Inga W.: Unterstützung von Visualisierungszielen durch verschiedene Arten der Abbildung von Daten auf Farbe, Studienarbeit
  • Anne-Katrin B.: Temporal Tag Clouds, Studienarbeit
  • Christian E.: Algorithmen zur Erkennung von Graphisomorphismen und deren Anwendung zur Motivdetektion, Literature recherche
  • Stefan G.: Verbesserung der Kantendarstellung in der Graphvisualisierung, Literature recherche
  • Martin H.: Analytische Datenabstraktion in mehreren Dimensionen, Diplomarbeit
  • Mike V.: Neue Interaktions- und Visualisierungskonzepte für Daten mit Raum- und Zeitbezug, Diplomarbeit
  • Ulrike E.: Visualisierung von Sensordaten, Diplomarbeit
  • Daniel F.: Multidimensionale Zugriffsmethoden für interaktive Informationsvisualisierung, Studienarbeit
  • Martin H.: Integration von 2D und 3D Visualisierungen für Raum-Zeit-Daten, Studienarbeit
  • Anja K.: Rekursives Graphlayout, Diplomarbeit
  • Alexander S.: Web-basiertes visuelles Monitoring von JAMES II Simulationen, Diplomarbeit
  • Erik V.: Motivanalyse in Graphen, Diplomarbeit
  • Mike V.: Kantenbündelung für geclusterte Graphen im System CGV, Studienarbeit
  • Géraldine H.: Konzeption und Implementierung eines Applets zur Illustration der Schritte des Contouring & Connecting Verfahrens, Studienarbeit
  • Tobias H.: Visuelle Techniken für Reguläre Ausdrücke, Diplomarbeit
  • Daniel S.: Visualisierung von zeitveränderlichen Graphen, Diplomarbeit
  • Anne H.: Analyse und vergleichende Bewertung von Visualisierungstoolkits, Diplomarbeit
  • Christian S.: Entwurf einer nutzer- und aufgabenbezogenen visuellen Oberfläche zur Analyse des Gesichtschädelwachstums, Diplomarbeit
  • Frank S.: Ein allgemeiner Ansatz zur Durchführung von Nutzerstudien in der Visualisierung multivariater Daten, Diplomarbeit
  • Kishore V.: Intuitive Interactive Tools for Enhanced Color Spaces, Masters's thesis
  • Michael Z.: Arc Diagrams zur Visualisierung von Mustern in multivariaten Zeitreihen, Diplomarbeit
  • Clemens H.: Visuelle Techniken zur Analyse von Microarraydaten, Diplomarbeit
  • Mathias J.: Two-Tone Pseudo Coloring für Multiparameterdaten, Diplomarbeit
  • Falko L.: Koordinierte Visualisierung zur Vergleichsunterstützung bei der visuellen Analyse zeitabhängiger Multiparameterdaten, Diplomarbeit
  • Falko L.: Einsatzmöglichkeiten visueller Anfragesprachen zur Spezifikation von Ereignissen sowie Konzeption und Realisierung eines visuellen Editors, Studienarbeit
  • Andreas R.: Analyse von Verkaufsdaten in der Umgebung von ticket-web, Diplomarbeit
  • Raphael S.: Ein Modell zur Beschreibung von Visualisierungszielen beim Einsatz von Farbkodierung zur Darstellung multivariater Daten, Diplomarbeit
  • Michael S.: Visuell gestützte Mustererkennung zur Identifikation und Klassifikation von Ozonlöchern, Diplomarbeit
  • Malte W.: Einsatzmöglichkeiten visueller Anfragesprachen zur Spezifikation von Ereignissen sowie Konzeption und Realisierung eines visuellen Editors, Studienarbeit
  • Michael Z.: Einsatzmöglichkeiten von SVG zur Informationsvisualisierung auf mobilen Endgeräten, Studienarbeit
  • Jörg F.: Untersuchung der zeitlichen und räumlichen Ausbreitung von Diagnosen anhand der Maximumanalyse, Studienarbeit
  • Clemens H.: Achsenbasierte 3D-Techniken zur Visualisierung zeitabhängiger Daten, Studienarbeit
  • Raphael S.: Effektive Abbildung nominaler Daten auf numerische Skalen, Studienarbeit
  • Michael Z.: Entwicklung eines Konzeptes zur angemessenen Beschriftung von Informationsobjekten, Bachelor's thesis




Research Travel

  • Dagstuhl Seminar: Humans in the (Process) Mines, Dagstuhl, Germany
  • EuroVis, Leipzig, Germany
  • VCG Workshop, Aarhus/Mols Bjerge, Denmark
  • CHI, Hamburg, Germany
  • Dagstuhl Seminar: Set Visualization and Uncertainty, Dagstuhl, Germany
  • VIS, Oklahoma, USA (online)
  • EuroVis, Rome, Italy (online)
  • Sino-European Workshop Series on Visualization (online)
  • VIS, New Orleans, USA (online)
  • VMV, Dresden, Germany (online)
  • ACM VINCI, Potsdam, Germany (online)
  • Invited talk at Information+Visualization talk series at FH Potsdam, Germany (online)
  • EuroVis, Zurich, Switzerland (online)
  • IEEE VR, Lisboa, Portugal (online)


  • VIS, Salt Lake City, USA (online)
  • MuC, Magdeburg, Germany (online)
  • GD, Vancouver, Canada (online)
  • EuroVis, Norrköping, Sweden (online)
  • Invited researcher at Interactive Media Lab Dresden, TU Dresden, Germany
  • Invited talk at Visual Computing Colloquium, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany


  • VIS, Vancouver, Canada
  • Dagstuhl Seminar: Mobile Data Visualization, Dagstuhl, Germany
  • Dagstuhl Seminar: Visual Analytics for Sets over Time and Space, Dagstuhl, Germany
  • Dagstuhl Seminar: Visual Analytics of Multilayer Networks Across Disciplines, Dagstuhl, Germany


  • VIS, Berlin, Germany
  • EuroVis, Brno, Czech Republic


  • EuroVis, Barcelona, Spain


  • EuroVis, Groningen, The Netherlands



  • ITS, Dresden, Germany
  • VIS, Paris, France
  • EuroVis, Swansea, UK


  • Dagstuhl Seminar: Interaction with Information for Visual Reasoning, Dagstuhl, Germany
  • EuroVis, Leipzig, Germany


  • VisWeek, Seattle, USA
  • EuroVis, Vienna, Austria


  • VisWeek, Providence, USA
  • IV, London, UK



  • VisWeek, Atlantic City, USA
  • IV, Barcelona, Spain
  • EuroVis, Berlin, Germany


  • SIGRAD Conference, Stockholm, Sweden
  • IV, London, UK


  • InfoVis, Sacramento, USA
  • Invited Scholar at DIMACS, Rutgers University, Piscataway, USA
  • IS&T/SPIE Annual Symposium Electronic Imaging, San Jose, USA


  • InfoVis, Baltimore, USA
  • Data Mining Workshop and Research Visit at DIMACS, Rutgers University, Piscataway, USA


  • Invited Scholar at DIMACS, Rutgers University, Piscataway, USA
  • IV, London, UK


  • Eurographics, Grenoble, France
  • IV, London, UK
  • IRMA International Conference, New Orleans, USA
  • SAC, Nicosia, Cyprus


  • HCI International, Hersonissos, Crete
  • IRMA International Conference, Philadelphia, USA
  • GeoVis, Hannover, Germany