Panagiotis D. Ritsos

MEng PhD Essex, FHEA

Lecturer in Computer Science

Visualization, Modelling and
Graphics (VMG) research group,

School of Computer Science,
Bangor University,
Dean Street, Bangor,
Gwynedd, UK, LL57 1UT

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Haptic Data Visualization


Creating haptic data visualizations normaly requires programming and knowledge of special APIs. However, prototyping tools like the HITPROTO toolkit (by Paneels) can be used for rapid development of interactions for Haptic Data Visualization (HDV). In this theme we evaluated the user experience associated with the HITPROTO toolkit, explored its potential in creating HDVs for blind users, by their mentors and elaborated a formalised HDV creation process. The outcomes of this work included a journal publication in Computers & Graphics and a poster in IEEE VIS 2014.

Collaborators: University of Surrey, Bangor University, University of Cyprus, Adam Mickiewicz University, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Bar-Ilan University


  • S. A. Panëels, P. D. Ritsos, P. J. Rodgers, and J. C. Roberts, “Prototyping 3D haptic data visualizations,” Computers and Graphics, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 179–192, 2013.
  • P. D. Ritsos, S. A. Panëels, P. J. Rodgers, and J. C. Roberts, “Towards a Formalized Process for Creating Haptic Data Visualizations,” in Posters presented at the IEEE Conference on Visualization (VIS), October 15-18, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2013.