Schreck, Tobias

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Investigating the Sketchplan : A Novel Way of Identifying Tactical Behavior in Massive Soccer Datasets

2023, Seebacher, Daniel, Polk, Tom, Janetzko, Halldor, Keim, Daniel A., Schreck, Tobias, Stein, Manuel

Coaches and analysts prepare for upcoming matches by identifying common patterns in the positioning and movement of the competing teams in specific situations. Existing approaches in this domain typically rely on manual video analysis and formation discussion using whiteboards; or expert systems that rely on state-of-the-art video and trajectory visualization techniques and advanced user interaction. We bridge the gap between these approaches by contributing a light-weight, simplified interaction and visualization system, which we conceptualized in an iterative design study with the coaching team of a European first league soccer team. Our approach is walk-up usable by all domain stakeholders, and at the same time, can leverage advanced data retrieval and analysis techniques: a virtual magnetic tactic-board. Users place and move digital magnets on a virtual tactic-board, and these interactions get translated to spatio-temporal queries, used to retrieve relevant situations from massive team movement data. Despite such seemingly imprecise query input, our approach is highly usable, supports quick user exploration, and retrieval of relevant results via query relaxation. Appropriate simplified result visualization supports in-depth analyses to explore team behavior, such as formation detection, movement analysis, and what-if analysis. We evaluated our approach with several experts from European first league soccer clubs. The results show that our approach makes the complex analytical processes needed for the identification of tactical behavior directly accessible to domain experts for the first time, demonstrating our support of coaches in preparation for future encounters.

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Multiscale Snapshots : Visual Analysis of Temporal Summaries in Dynamic Graphs

2021-02, Cakmak, Eren, Schlegel, Udo, Jäckle, Dominik, Keim, Daniel A., Schreck, Tobias

The overview-driven visual analysis of large-scale dynamic graphs poses a major challenge. We propose Multiscale Snapshots, a visual analytics approach to analyze temporal summaries of dynamic graphs at multiple temporal scales. First, we recursively generate temporal summaries to abstract overlapping sequences of graphs into compact snapshots. Second, we apply graph embeddings to the snapshots to learn low-dimensional representations of each sequence of graphs to speed up specific analytical tasks (e.g., similarity search). Third, we visualize the evolving data from a coarse to fine-granular snapshots to semi-automatically analyze temporal states, trends, and outliers. The approach enables us to discover similar temporal summaries (e.g., reoccurring states), reduces the temporal data to speed up automatic analysis, and to explore both structural and temporal properties of a dynamic graph. We demonstrate the usefulness of our approach by a quantitative evaluation and the application to a real-world dataset.

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MotionGlyphs : Visual Abstraction of Spatio-Temporal Networks in Collective Animal Behavior

2020, Cakmak, Eren, Schäfer, Hanna, Buchmüller, Juri F., Fuchs, Johannes, Schreck, Tobias, Jordan, Alex, Keim, Daniel A.

Domain experts for collective animal behavior analyze relationships between single animal movers and groups of animalsover time and space to detect emergent group properties. A common way to interpret this type of data is to visualize it as aspatio-temporal network. Collective behavior data sets are often large, and may hence result in dense and highly connectednode-link diagrams, resulting in issues of node-overlap and edge clutter. In this design study, in an iterative design process, wedeveloped glyphs as a design for seamlessly encoding relationships and movement characteristics of a single mover or clustersof movers. Based on these glyph designs, we developed a visual exploration prototype, MotionGlyphs, that supports domainexperts in interactively filtering, clustering, and animating spatio-temporal networks for collective animal behavior analysis. Bymeans of an expert evaluation, we show how MotionGlyphs supports important tasks and analysis goals of our domain experts,and we give evidence of the usefulness for analyzing spatio-temporal networks of collective animal behavior.

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Urban Mobility Analysis With Mobile Network Data : A Visual Analytics Approach

2018-05, Senaratne, Hansi, Mueller, Manuel, Behrisch, Michael, Lalanne, Felipe, Bustos-Jimenez, Javier, Schneidewind, Jörn, Keim, Daniel A., Schreck, Tobias

Urban planning and intelligent transportation management are facing key challenges in today's ever more urbanized world. Providing the right tools to city planners is crucial to cope with these challenges. Data collected from citizens' mobile communication can be used as the foundation for such tools. These kinds of data can facilitate various analysis tasks, such as the extraction of human movement patterns or determining the urban dynamics of a city. City planners can closely monitor such patterns based on which strategic decisions can be taken to improve a city's infrastructure. In this paper, we introduce a novel visual analytics approach for pattern exploration and search in global system for mobile communications mobile networks. We define geospatial and matrix representations of data, which can be interactively navigated. The approach integrates data visualization with suitable data analysis algorithms, allowing to spatially and temporally compare mobile usage, identify regularities, as well as anomalies in daily mobility patterns across regions and user groups. As an extension to our visual analytics approach, we further introduce space-time prisms with uncertain markers to visually analyze the uncertainty of urban mobility patterns.

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Motif-Based Visual Analysis of Dynamic Networks

2022-08-25T08:27:36Z, Cakmak, Eren, Fuchs, Johannes, Jäckle, Dominik, Schreck, Tobias, Brandes, Ulrik, Keim, Daniel A.

Many data analysis problems rely on dynamic networks, such as social or communication network analyses. Providing a scalable overview of long sequences of such dynamic networks remains challenging due to the underlying large-scale data containing elusive topological changes. We propose two complementary pixel-based visualizations, which reflect occurrences of selected sub-networks (motifs) and provide a time-scalable overview of dynamic networks: a network-level census (motif significance profiles) linked with a node-level sub-network metric (graphlet degree vectors) views to reveal structural changes, trends, states, and outliers. The network census captures significantly occurring motifs compared to their expected occurrences in random networks and exposes structural changes in a dynamic network. The sub-network metrics display the local topological neighborhood of a node in a single network belonging to the dynamic network. The linked pixel-based visualizations allow exploring motifs in different-sized networks to analyze the changing structures within and across dynamic networks, for instance, to visually analyze the shape and rate of changes in the network topology. We describe the identification of visual patterns, also considering different reordering strategies to emphasize visual patterns. We demonstrate the approach's usefulness by a use case analysis based on real-world large-scale dynamic networks, such as the evolving social networks of Reddit or Facebook.

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The Role of Interactive Visualization in Fostering Trust in AI

2021, Beauxis-Aussalet, Emma, Behrisch, Michael, Borgo, Rita, Chau, Duen Horng, Collins, Christopher, El-Assady, Mennatallah, Keim, Daniel A., Oelke, Daniela, Schreck, Tobias, Strobelt, Hendrik

The increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies across application domains has prompted our society to pay closer attention to AI's trustworthiness, fairness, interpretability, and accountability. In order to foster trust in AI, it is important to consider the potential of interactive visualization, and how such visualizations help build trust in AI systems. This manifesto discusses the relevance of interactive visualizations and makes the following four claims: i) trust is not a technical problem, ii) trust is dynamic, iii) visualization cannot address all aspects of trust, and iv) visualization is crucial for human agency in AI.

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Where to go : Computational and visual what-if analyses in soccer

2019-12-17, Stein, Manuel, Seebacher, Daniel, Marcelino, Rui, Schreck, Tobias, Grossniklaus, Michael, Keim, Daniel A., Janetzko, Halldor

To prepare their teams for upcoming matches, analysts in professional soccer watch and manually annotate up to three matches a day. When annotating matches, domain experts try to identify and improve suboptimal movements based on intuition and professional experience. The high amount of matches needing to be analysed manually result in a tedious and time-consuming process, and results may be subjective. We propose an automatic approach for the realisation of effective region-based what-if analyses in soccer. Our system covers the automatic detection of region-based faulty movement behaviour, as well as the automatic suggestion of possible improved alternative movements. As we show, our approach effectively supports analysts and coaches investigating matches by speeding up previously time-consuming work. We enable domain experts to include their domain knowledge in the analysis process by allowing to interactively adjust suggested improved movement, as well as its implications on region control. We demonstrate the usefulness of our proposed approach via an expert study with three invited domain experts, one being head coach from the first Austrian soccer league. As our results show that experts most often agree with the suggested player movement (83%), our proposed approach enhances the analytical capabilities in soccer and supports a more efficient analysis.

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Multiscale Visualization : A Structured Literature Analysis

2022, Cakmak, Eren, Jäckle, Dominik, Schreck, Tobias, Keim, Daniel A., Fuchs, Johannes

Multiscale visualizations are typically used to analyze multiscale processes and data in various application domains, such as the visual exploration of hierarchical genome structures in molecular biology. However, creating such multiscale visualizations remains challenging due to the plethora of existing work and the expression ambiguity in visualization research. Up to today, there has been little work to compare and categorize multiscale visualizations to understand their design practices. In this work, we present a structured literature analysis to provide an overview of common design practices in multiscale visualization research. We systematically reviewed and categorized 122 published journal or conference papers between 1995 and 2020. We organized the reviewed papers in a taxonomy that reveals common design factors. Researchers and practitioners can use our taxonomy to explore existing work to create new multiscale navigation and visualization techniques. Based on the reviewed papers, we examine research trends and highlight open research challenges.

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dg2pix : Pixel-Based Visual Analysis of Dynamic Graphs

2020, Cakmak, Eren, Jäckle, Dominik, Schreck, Tobias, Keim, Daniel A.

Presenting long sequences of dynamic graphs remains challenging due to the underlying large-scale and high-dimensional data. We propose dg2pix, a novel pixel-based visualization technique, to visually explore temporal and structural properties in long sequences of large-scale graphs. The approach consists of three main steps: (1) the multiscale modeling of the temporal dimension; (2) unsupervised graph embeddings to learn low-dimensional representations of the dynamic graph data; and (3) an interactive pixel-based visualization to simultaneously explore the evolving data at different temporal aggregation scales. dg2pix provides a scalable overview of a dynamic graph, supports the exploration of long sequences of high-dimensional graph data, and enables the identification and comparison of similar temporal states. We show the applicability of the technique to synthetic and real-world datasets, demonstrating that temporal patterns in dynamic graphs can be identified and interpreted over time. dg2pix contributes a suitable intermediate representation between node-link diagrams at the high detail end and matrix representations on the low detail end.

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Revealing the Invisible : Visual Analytics and Explanatory Storytelling for Advanced Team Sport Analysis

2018-10, Stein, Manuel, Breitkreutz, Thorsten, Häußler, Johannes, Seebacher, Daniel, Niederberger, Christoph, Schreck, Tobias, Grossniklaus, Michael, Keim, Daniel A., Janetzko, Halldor

The analysis of invasive team sports often concentrates on cooperative and competitive aspects of collective movement behavior. A main goal is the identification and explanation of strategies, and eventually the development of new strategies. In visual sports analytics, a range of different visual-interactive analysis techniques have been proposed, e.g., based on visualization using for example trajectories, graphs, heatmaps, and animations. Identifying suitable visualizations for a specific situation is key to a successful analysis. Existing systems enable the interactive selection of different visualization facets to support the analysis process. However, an interactive selection of appropriate visualizations is a difficult, complex, and time-consuming task. In this paper, we propose a four-step analytics conceptual workflow for an automatic selection of appropriate views for key situations in soccer games. Our concept covers classification, specification, explanation, and alteration of match situations, effectively enabling the analysts to focus on important game situations and the determination of alternative moves. Combining abstract visualizations with real world video recordings by Immersive Visual Analytics and descriptive storylines, we support domain experts in understanding key situations. We demonstrate the usefulness of our proposed conceptual workflow via two proofs of concept and evaluate our system by comparing our results to manual video annotations by domain experts. Initial expert feedback shows that our proposed concept improves the understanding of competitive sports and leads to a more efficient data analysis.