DeepTree

The DeepTree

The DeepTree is a visualization of the history of all life on earth. This tree of life represents the evolutionary relationship of millions of species from the very beginning of life, 3.5 billion years ago. The DeepTree is a multi-touch interactive application, allowing  people to “fly through” the vast tree of life to any species, and to learn how species are related through a set of showcase species and shared derived traits.

Video

Publications

2015

(Best Paper Award) Fluid Grouping: Quantifying Group Engagement  around Interactive Tabletop Exhibits in the Wild Block, Florian; Hammerman, James; Horn, Michael; Spiegel, Amy; Christiansen, Jonathan; Phillips, Brenda; Diamond, Judy; Evans, Margaret; Shen, Chia (2015): (Best Paper Award) Fluid Grouping: Quantifying Group Engagement around Interactive Tabletop Exhibits in the Wild. In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'15), Page(s): 10 pages, New York, NY, USA, ACM, 2015. (Type: Inproceeding | BibTeX | Links:
Davis, Pryce; Horn, Michael Stephen; Block, Florian; Phillips, Brenda; Evans, Margaret; Diamond, Judy; Shen., Chia (2015): "Whoa! We’re going deep in the trees!": Patterns of collaboration around an interactive information visualization exhibit. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 2015. (Type: Article | BibTeX | Links:

2013

(BEST DESIGN PAPER) Going Deep: Supporting collaborative exploration of evolution in natural history museums Davis, Pryce; Horn, Michael; Schrementi, Laurel; Block, Florian; Phillips, Brenda; Evans, Margaret; Diamond, Judy; Shen, Chia. (2013): (BEST DESIGN PAPER) Going Deep: Supporting collaborative exploration of evolution in natural history museums. In Proceedings of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL'13), Page(s): 153-160, International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), 2013. (Type: Inproceeding | Abstract | BibTeX | Links:

2012

The DeepTree Exhibit: Visualizing the Tree of Life to Facilitate Informal Learning Block, Florian; Horn, Michael; Phillips, Brenda Caldwell; Diamond, Judy; Evans, Margaret; Shen, Chia (2012): The DeepTree Exhibit: Visualizing the Tree of Life to Facilitate Informal Learning. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 18(12), Page(s): 2789 - 2798, 2012, ISSN: 1077-2626. (Type: Article | Abstract | BibTeX | Links:
FlowBlocks: A Multi-Touch UI for Crowd Interaction Block, Florian; Wigdor, Daniel; Phillips, Brenda Caldwell; Horn, Michael; Shen, Chia (2012): FlowBlocks: A Multi-Touch UI for Crowd Interaction. In Proceedings of the 25th ACM symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST'12), Page(s): 497-508, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4503-1580-7. (Type: Inproceeding | Abstract | BibTeX | Links:
News & Press
  • Best of CHI 2015 Best Paper Award: Proposed a novel Group Identification Algorithm in a dynamic visitor flow and engagement metrics for statistical analysis in interactive informal learning environments. Demonstrated effects of two typical study methodologies (pdf).
  • Coming soon! We are working on a digital Evolution Lab with the WGBH/NOVA Labs team.
  • PBS NOVA Engaging Science blog
  • Live Showcase of BATand paper presentation at Games, Learning and Society 2014 (watch video...)
  • Seeing Science: Biomedical Computation Review writes about the DeepTree. (read more...)
  • Harvard Gazette:: The watchword is innovation (read more...)
  • SEAS News Release: Museum exhibit developed at SEAS puts evolution at visitors’ fingertips (read more...)

older...