Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Matthew Ward, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Robert Lindeman

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Michael Gennert

Identifier

etd-010607-230351

Abstract

Email provides the average person with the ability to instantaneously communicate with people across the planet. However, the ease of this communication not only allows people to exchange information, but can also generate a large volume of messages. The methods of interacting with this repository currently in use are far from adequate.

This thesis focuses on the development of a new interface for managing one's inbox and mail folders. The approach provides the user with a data visualization of an overview of the entire mailbox, or a chosen subset, at once. The tool includes interactions that allow a user to focus his or her attention on specific email and delve deeper into it in a simple intuitive fashion. A user study confirmed the usefulness of the resulting system.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Computer Science

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2007-01-06

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

data visualization, email, visualization, History Flow, Electronic mail messages, Information visualization

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