Interactive Visualizations for Sustainability

A special issue of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction (ISSN 2414-4088).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)

Special Issue Editors

School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Interests: visualization; visual design; interactive media; interaction design
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Institute for Computer Science, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany
Interests: interactive systems design; intelligent multimodal user interfaces; computer games development; visualization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rapidly increasing global consumption of natural resources demands for more efficient use, as well as for more sustainable management of energy, water, minerals, land and other natural resources. Human-centred technologies, tools and services can provide effective solutions to support sustainability in different domains. To create better awareness, and support human decision making, such technologies, tools and services should provide advanced interactive visualization capabilities to their users to allow them to monitor, manage, compare, or share and use data, with the aim of identifying patterns and supporting efficiency in the use of natural resources.

This special issue will focus on interactive visualizations for sustainability-related applications, tools, games, and services in the private, public, and industrial sectors. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, design, deployment and evaluation of interactive visualizations for:

  • monitoring and managing generation and consumption of resources;
  • analysis of generation and consumption data;
  • identifying consumption patterns and behavior;
  • relating consumption data, patterns, and behavior to other information;
  • sharing and comparing consumption data with others;
  • creating awareness, influencing choices and stimulating sustainable behavior changes

Prof. Masood Masoodian
Prof. Thomas Rist
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Interactive Visualizations
  • Sustainability
  • Interaction Design
  • Visual Design
  • Serious Games
  • Gamification
  • User Studies and Evaluations
  • Human-Centered Technology
  • Persuasive Technologies
  • Behavior Change

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Promoting Sustainable Energy Consumption Behavior through Interactive Data Visualizations
Multimodal Technol. Interact. 2019, 3(3), 56; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3030056 - 21 Jul 2019
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With an increasing worldwide need for energy and the ever-decreasing availability of energy resources, a wide range of interactive visualizations are being developed to allow people to use energy more efficiently by monitoring their consumption patterns and changing their energy usage behavior. For [...] Read more.
With an increasing worldwide need for energy and the ever-decreasing availability of energy resources, a wide range of interactive visualizations are being developed to allow people to use energy more efficiently by monitoring their consumption patterns and changing their energy usage behavior. For these visualizations to achieve their aim, they must not only target people’s energy saving objectives but also support the necessary factors that help people to change their underlying energy consumption behavior. In this paper, we survey several categories of existing interactive energy visualizations and through a number of selected examples in each case, identify possible potentials for supporting any user behavior changes. For this survey, we have used the behavior change model originally proposed by B. J. Fogg, which defines three factors of motivation, trigger and ability. Our survey has shown that most existing interactive visualizations target the motivation factor, with some supporting trigger or ability and only a few dealing with all the three factors of the behavior change model. Full article
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Visual Analysis of a Smart City’s Energy Consumption
Multimodal Technol. Interact. 2019, 3(2), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3020030 - 02 May 2019
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Through the use of open data portals, cities, districts and countries are increasingly making available energy consumption data. These data have the potential to inform both policymakers and local communities. At the same time, however, these datasets are large and complicated to analyze. [...] Read more.
Through the use of open data portals, cities, districts and countries are increasingly making available energy consumption data. These data have the potential to inform both policymakers and local communities. At the same time, however, these datasets are large and complicated to analyze. We present the activity-centered-design, from requirements to evaluation, of a web-based visual analysis tool to explore energy consumption in Chicago. The resulting application integrates energy consumption data and census data, making it possible for both amateurs and experts to analyze disaggregated datasets at multiple levels of spatial aggregation and to compare temporal and spatial differences. An evaluation through case studies and qualitative feedback demonstrates that this visual analysis application successfully meets the goals of integrating large, disaggregated urban energy consumption datasets and of supporting analysis by both lay users and experts. Full article
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