Introduction to Data Visualization Using ParaView

Presenter: Vetria L. Byrd, Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Date: April 5, 2017



This seminar provides an introduction to scientific visualization using ParaView. An overview of the visualization process is presented by exploring the scientific visualization pipeline followed by hands on experience with ParaView. ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform, parallel data analysis and visualization application built upon the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) Library. Participants will work with a small dataset (provided) to become familiar with ParaView functions and capabilities.

Target Audience: Beginners

Prior experience: This seminar was previously developed as part of a series of data visualization workshops designed to introduce data visualization to faculty, students and staff at Clemson University while I was employed there as the Director of Advanced Visualization. A longer version of this seminar has been given at XSEDE conferences, and an extended version as part of the International High Performance Computing Summer School.

Expected Outcomes: Users will have a basic understanding of how ParaView works and will gain hands- on experience accessing data, managing files, generating plots, and working with data operators.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of visualization required. Introduction to Data Visualization webinar is desired but not required?

User Base: Applicable to all domains with data visualization needs

Software Availability: Free and open source

Software Requirements: ParaView (most current version)

Use Cases: A working data set will be made available for download.

Training and Reference Materials:
Please download the following files to your computer:


Dr. Vetria Byrd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology in the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Byrd is the founder and organizer of the biennial Broadening Participation in Visualization (BPViz) Workshop co-funded by The Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research/Coalition to Diversify Computing (CRA-W/CDC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Byrd has given numerous invited talks and workshops on visualization including: XSEDE14 plenary address (featured in HPC Wire online magazine), and an invited presentation at The Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Dr. Byrd works with XSEDE to provide on campus training on scientific visualization. She was the Principal Investigator for the highly competitive NSF VisREU Site: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Collaborative Data Visualization Applications for 2014/2015 at Clemson University. Dr. Byrd continues to mentor VisREU research fellows as well as students at Purdue University. Dr. Byrd received her graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in Birmingham, Alabama which include: Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences, Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Dr. Byrd’s research interests include: data visualization, high performance visualization, big data, uncertainty visualization, collaborative visualization, broadening participation and inclusion.