Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner


Tel.: +49-(0)331 5509-3921
Fax: +49-(0)331 5509-172
Room: H-2.22
Email: sebastian.hahn(at)hpi.de

Research Interests

  • Visual Software Analytics
  • Metaphor-based Visualization
  • Layout Stability
  • Evaluation of Visualization Techniques





Relative Direction Change: A Topology-based Metric for Layout Stability in Treemaps

Hahn, Sebastian; Bethge, Joseph; Döllner, Jürgen in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of Information Visualization Theory and Applications (IVAPP 2017) 2017 .

This paper presents a topology-based metric for layout stability in treemaps—the Relative Direction Change (RDC). The presented metric considers the adjacency and arrangement of single shapes in a treemap, and allows for a rotation-invariant description of layout changes between two snapshots of a dataset depicted with treemaps. A user study was conducted that shows the applicability of the Relative Direction Change in comparison and addition to established layout metrics, such as Average Distance Change (ADC) and Average Aspect Ratio (AAR), with respect to human perception of treemaps. This work contributes to the establishment of a more precise model for the replicable and reliable comparison of treemap layout algorithms © The Authors 2017. This is the authors' version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version will be published in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications (IVAPP 2017).
Further Information
Tags Evaluation Layout_Stability Treemaps cgs


WiSe 2016/17

  • Lecture 3D Computergraphics I (tutor)


  • Seminar Methods and Techniques of Software Visualization (tutor)
  • Lecture 3D Computergraphics II (tutor)


  • Seminar Systems Engineering for Software Analytics (tutor)


  • Seminar Visual Software Analytics (tutor)
  • Lecture Einführung in die Programmiertechnik II (tutor)


  • Seminar Visualization for Interactive Software Analytics (tutor)
  • Bachelor's project Software Analytics and Visualization (co-supervisor)

SoSe 2014

  • Lecture 3D Computergraphics I (tutor)

WiSe 2013/14

  • Seminar Software Analytics (tutor)
  • Seminar Game Programming (tutor)

SoSe 2013

  • Lecture Geovisualization (tutor)
  • Seminar Softwarevisualisierungsverfahren (tutor)

WiSe 2012/13

  • Bachelor's project A Visualization Tool for Software Evolution (co-supervisor)

SoSe 2012

  • Lecture Visualization (tutor)
  • Seminar Softwareanalyseverfahren (tutor)

Master's Theses

  • ThreadCity: Combined Visualization of Structure and Activity of Multi-threaded Software Systems - Nikolai Wuttke (finished

Further Activities

  • Participant of ETH Winter School on Eye Tracking  (January 2016)
  • Teaching-Team Member OpenHPI Course "Automated Visual Software Analytics" (March 2015)
  • SoftVis project in cooperation with the SAP Innovation Center, Potsdam (April 2012 - March 2016)