Roberto Therón

Roberto Therón
Universidad de Salamanca · Department of Computer Science and Automatics

Professor
Teaching and researching about Visual Analytics and Human-Computer Interaction

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Introduction
Roberto Therón completed a doctoral degree in Robotics at the Univerisidad de Salamanca; his research focused on combining fields such as Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, Graphic Design, and Data Visualization as a means for understanding complex data. Currently is the Group manager of the Visual Analytics and Information Visualization Group (VisUsal), devoted to the development of advanced tools that help users in understanding complex datasets from different fields
Additional affiliations
January 1998 - present
Universidad de Salamanca
Description
  • VisUsal.- Visual Analytics and Information Visualization
Education
February 2008
Universidad de Salamanca
Field of study
  • Humanities
February 2007
Universidad de Salamanca
Field of study
  • Audiovisual Communication
July 2002
Universidad de Salamanca
Field of study
  • Computer Science

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Publications (258)
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Motivation: Systems biology demands the use of several point of views to get a more comprehensive understanding of biological problems. This usually leads to take into account different data regarding the problem at hand, but it also has to do with using different perspectives of the same data. This multifaceted aspect of systems biology often requ...
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The field of computational linguistics has been dealing with the modeling of natural language from a computational perspective since the 1950s. However, the usage of advanced and interactive visualization techniques is very limited. This is especially the case of diachronic linguistics, which is devoted to the study of language change. This work is...
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Although natural products represent a reservoir of molecular diversity, the process of isolating and identifying active compounds is a bottleneck in drug discovery programs. The rapid isolation and identification of the bioactive component(s) of natural product mixtures during the bioassay-guided fractionation have become crucial factors in the com...
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Microarray analysis is an important area of bioinformatics. In the last few years, biclustering has become one of the most popular methods for classifying data from microarrays. Although biclustering can be used in any kind of classification problem, nowadays it is mostly used for microarray data classification. A large number of biclustering algor...
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This paper describes the experience of a group of interdisciplinary researchers and research professionals involved in the PROgressive VIsual DEcision-making in Digital Humanities (PROVIDEDH) project, a four-year project funded within the CHIST-ERA call 2016 for the topic "Visual Analytics for Decision Making under Uncertainty-VADMU". It contribute...
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This chapter presents a new approach of a quantitative analysis used to research the understanding of visual literacy issues. The objective of the research is to find common patterns, opinions, and behaviors between different people regarding the use of visual communication and people's state of visual literacy, while also considering the possible...
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El análisis de datos ha recurrido a la representación visual para encontrar u ofrecer explicaciones desde sus orígenes. Las capacidades de almacenamiento y procesamiento no han parado de crecer gracias al avance de la computación. Paralelamente, gracias a una democratización tecnológica, las contribuciones artísticas en la visualización de datos se...
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This article provides insights into dealing with complexities in the Digital Humanities project exploreAT!. By exploring a non-standard language collection for cultural insights, a three-fold approach is presented looking into concrete realizations and solutions of tackling challenges in terms of Open Innovation infrastructure, technology and the t...
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The misinformation problem affects the development of the society. Misleading content and unreliable information overwhelm social networks and media. In this context, the use of data visualizations to support news and stories is increasing. The use of misleading visualizations both intentionally or accidentally influence in the audience perceptions...
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The capture, modelling and visualisation of uncertainty has become a hot topic in many areas of science, such as the digital humanities (DH). Fuelled by critical voices among the DH community, DH scholars are becoming more aware of the intrinsic advantages that incorporating the notion of uncertainty into their workflows may bring. Additionally, th...
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One of the most important aspects to consider during the development of a PhD is the students' progress, both for their advisors and the students themselves. However, several achievements of different natures are involved during a PhD (research stays, publications, seminars, research plans, etc.). For these reasons , we propose a set of data visual...
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This article reports on the experience of co-designing an educational video game aimed at promoting good dietary habits in youngsters and fostering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). To ensure the quality of the results, we develop...
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Data are crucial to improve decision-making and obtain greater benefits in any type of activity. However, the large amount of information generated by new technologies has made data analysis and knowledge generation a complex task. Numerous tools have emerged to facilitate this generation of knowledge, such as dashboards. Although dashboards are us...
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Visual explanations are powerful means to convey information to large audiences. However, the design of information visualizations is a complex task, because a lot of factors are involved (the audience profile, the data domain, etc.). The complexity of this task can lead to poor designs that could make users reach wrong conclusions from the visuali...
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Machine learning is increasingly present in different sectors. Decision-making processes that occur in all types of companies and entities can be improved with the use of AI algorithms and machine learning. Furthermore, the application of machine learning algorithms enables the possibility of providing support to automate the undertaking of complex...
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In recent years, the use of more and more technology in education has been a trend. The shift of traditional learning procedures into more online and tech-ish approaches has contributed to a context that can favor integrating Artificial-Intelligence-based or algorithm-based assessment of learning. Even more, with the current acceleration because of...
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The increasing specialization of science is motivating the fragmentation of traditional and well-established research areas into interdisciplinary communities of practice that focus on cooperation between experts to solve problems in a wide range of domains. This is the case of problem-driven visualization research (PDVR), in which groups of schola...
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Information dashboards 1 can be leveraged to make informed decisions with the goal of improving policies, processes, and results in different contexts. However, the design process of these tools can be convoluted, given the variety of profiles that can be involved in decision-making processes. The educative context is one of the contexts that can b...
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In this paper, we present Pilaster (https://visusal.github.io/pilaster/), a collection of citation metadata extracted from publications in visualization for the digital humanities. The collection is generated from a seed set of relevant publications from which we extracted cited works, including journal and conference papers, books, theses, or blog...
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Dashboards are useful tools for generating knowledge and support decision-making processes, but the extended use of technologies and the increasingly available data asks for user-friendly tools that allow any user profile to exploit their data. Building tailored dashboards for any potential user profile would involve several resources and long deve...
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In this paper, we report the development of a model and a proof-of-concept visual text analytics (VTA) tool to enhance document discovery in a problem-driven visualization research (PDVR) context. The proposed model captures the cognitive model followed by domain and visualization experts by analyzing the interdisciplinary communication channel as...
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Knowledge management is one of the key priorities of many organizations. They face different challenges in the implementation of knowledge management processes, including the transformation of tacit knowledge-experience, skills, insights, intuition, judgment and know-how-into explicit knowledge. Furthermore, the increasing number of information sou...
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Developing dashboards is a complex domain, especially when several stakeholders are involved; while some users could demand certain indicators, other users could demand specific visualizations or design features. Creating individual dashboards for each potential need would consume several resources and time, being an unfeasible approach. Also, user...
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During the last decade, the use of AIs is being incorporated into the educational field whether to support the analysis of human behavior in teaching-learning contexts, as didactic resource combined with other technologies or as a tool for the assessment of the students.
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Data is a powerful tool to make informed decisions. They can be used to design products, to segment the market, and to design policies. However, trusting so much in data can have its drawbacks. Sometimes a set of indicators can conceal the reality behind them, leading to biased decisions that could be very harmful to underrepresented individuals, f...
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Visual learning analytics is an emerging research field in the intersection of visual analytics and learning analytics that is suited to address the many challenges that big data brings to the education domain. Although recent research endeavours have approached the analysis of educational processes through visual analytics, the theoretical foundat...
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Information dashboards are everywhere. They support knowledge discovery in a huge variety of contexts and domains. Although powerful, these tools can be complex, not only for the end-users but also for developers and designers. Information dashboards encode complex datasets into different visual marks to ease knowledge discovery. Choosing a wrong d...
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The newly rediscovered frontier between data visualization and the digital humanities has proven to be an exciting field of experimentation for scholars from both disciplines. This fruitful collaboration is attracting researchers from other areas of science who may be willing to create visual analysis tools that promote humanities research in its m...
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As part of the ‘Dynamics of Educational and Scientific Renovation in Secondary Schools Classrooms (1900–1936): An Iberian Perspective’ and ‘A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning’ research projects, investigators at the University of Salamanca carried out an exploratory study of 198...
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Resumen: El GRupo de Investigación en InterAcción y eLearning (GRIAL) es un Grupo de Investigación Reconocido (GIR) de la Universidad de Salamanca y, actualmente, Unidad de Investigación Consolidada (UIC) de la Junta de Castilla y León. Su mayor seña de identidad es que es un grupo de investigación multidisciplinar que surge en torno a la creación...
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Informal caregivers play an important role in healthcare systems in many countries. They have a high impact on reducing care costs related to dependent persons because their support prevents institutionalization. A technological ecosystem has been defined to support informal caregivers using psychoeducation techniques. This ecosystem should include...
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This paper introduces a strategy for both the retrieval and analysis of linked open data (LOD) based on the use of visual tools. Retrieving and understanding data from triplestores (such as SPARQL) requires technical knowledge and proves to be challenging with large datasets, which result in an increase in the mental overload when unknown ontologie...
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Information dashboards are increasing their sophistication to match new necessities and adapt to the high quantities of generated data nowadays. These tools support visual analysis, knowledge generation, and thus, are crucial systems to assist decision-making processes. However, the design and development processes are complex, because several pers...
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As current research shows, the humanities and visualization communities are greatly benefitting from each other thanks to the interdisciplinary idiosyncrasy of a research field, the Digital Humanities (DH) that has gained significant attention in recent years from a vast number of scholars with disparate backgrounds. The DH suppose a vibrant field...
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The track "Uncertainty in Digital Humanities" of the Seventh International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality, continues the endeavor, started in 2018, to reflect on the challenges and issues that uncertainty poses with special focus on Digital Humanities (DH). The main goal of this track is to trigger the discuss...
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Information dashboards are sophisticated tools. Although they enable users to reach useful insights and support their decision-making challenges, a good design process is essential to obtain powerful tools. Users need to be part of these design processes, as they will be the consumers of the information displayed. But users are very diverse and can...
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The use of AI is becoming a growing reality the educational field. One of the activities in which it is beginning to be implemented is the assessment of student achievement. This way, we can find in the literature an increasing number of investigations focused on the possibilities offered by the adoption of AI-driven assessment. However, the use of...
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Intrusion detection is a relevant layer of cybersecurity to prevent hacking and illegal activities from happening on the assets of corporations. Anomaly-based Intrusion Detection Systems perform an unsupervised analysis on data collected from the network and end systems, in order to identify singular events. While this approach may produce many fal...
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As visualization becomes widespread in a broad range of cross-disciplinary academic domains, such as the digital humanities (DH), critical voices have been raised on the perils of neglecting the uncertain character of data in the visualization design process. Visualizations that, purposely or not, obscure or remove uncertainty in its different form...
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The design and development of information dashboards are not trivial. Several factors must be accounted; from the data to be displayed to the audience that will use the dashboard. However, the increase in popularity of these tools has extended their use in several and very different contexts among very different user profiles. This popularization h...
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Nowadays, scholars dedicate a substantial amount of their work to the querying and browsing of increasingly large collections of research papers on the Internet. In parallel, the recent surge of novel interdisciplinary approaches in science requires scholars to acquire competencies in new fields for which they may lack the necessary vocabulary to f...
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La enseñanza de la programación a alumnos de nivel preuniversitario sin experiencia en pensamiento computacional supone un reto que necesita de métodos didácticos noveles especialmente concebidos para un público que en los últimos años ha modificado radicalmente la forma en la que recibe información. Esta contribución describe la experiencia de ada...
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University employment and, specifically, employability has gained relevance since research in these fields can lead to improvement in the quality of life of individual citizens. However, empirical research is still insufficient to make significant decisions, and relying on powerful tools to explore data and reach insights on these fields is paramou...
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Information dashboards are useful tools for exploiting datasets and support decision-making processes. However, these tools are not trivial to design and build. Information dashboards not only involve a set of visualizations and handlers to manage the presented data, but also a set of users that will potentially benefit from the knowledge generated...
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Information dashboards are extremely useful tools to exploit knowledge. Dashboards enable users to reach insights and to identify patterns within data at-a-glance. However, dashboards present a series of characteristics and configurations that could not be optimal for every user, thus requiring the modification or variation of its features to fulfi...
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Artificial Intelligence is one of the trend areas in research. It is applied in many different contexts successfully. One of the contexts where Artificial Intelligence is applied is in Education. In the literature, we find several works in the last years that explore the application of Artificial Intelligence-related techniques to analyze students’...
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Nowadays, scholars dedicate a substantial amount of their work to the querying and browsing of increasingly large collections of research papers on the Internet. In parallel, the recent surge of novel interdisciplinary approaches in science requires scholars to acquire competencies in new fields for which they may lack the necessary vocabulary to f...
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Software product lines provide a theoretical framework to generate and customize products by studying the target domain and by capturing the commonalities among the potential products of the family. This domain knowledge is subsequently used to implement a series of configurable core assets that will be systematically reused to obtain products with...
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The European Union has a substantial investment in research and development and demand side-measures in the health sector in order to promote new initiatives, prevent disease and foster healthy lifestyles. In particular, the European Commission and other European entities have funded research projects focused on the use of technology in the health...
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Since the appearance of the term visual literacy in the second half of the 20th century, many authors have spoken of visual competencies. These competencies are acquired through the use of visual language and an understanding that the use of human and cultural capabilities makes people free to create and interpret messages. Furthermore, since the i...
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Overview video. In this video, we present the proposed prototype to the interested reader. It gives an overview of all the features presented in this paper and depicts the usage of the tool to perform individual and group visual analysis employing real in-game data.