Electrical Appliance Usage Timeline Data Visualization: Machinima and Dynamic Circle

Zhihan Yang, Nigel H Goddard, Lynda Webb, Huiwei Chen

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In a storytelling context, the visualization of the timelines for appliance usage could convey a great amount of information to audiences about the patterns or habits of households when using appliances in smart home. However, today's research on smart home visualization is more focused on time series data, while research on timeline does not focus much on expressiveness in a storytelling context. If we simply visualize the time series or use traditional visualization methods to visualize the timeline, the intention and effectiveness of storytelling may be reduced. In this paper, we analyze the above issues in detail and propose a new visualization design based on machinima and a dynamic circle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twelfth ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems (e-Energy’21)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383332
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2021
Event2nd Workshop on Energy Data Visualization: In conjunction with ACM e-Energy 2021 - Virtual
Duration: 28 Jun 202128 Jun 2021


Workshop2nd Workshop on Energy Data Visualization
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  • Smart Home
  • Energy Data
  • Appliance Usage
  • Time Series
  • Timeline Visualization
  • Machinima


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