The Visualisation Activity Area and Working Group (WG) gathers experts, developers, users and all people from the Particle Physics community interested in interactive data visualization and event displays.

The WG has been started in October 2016 and it is convened by Riccardo Maria Bianchi (University of Pittsburgh, US, ATLAS Experiment).

All are welcome to join the WG and participate!


Convenor: Riccardo Maria BIANCHI (ATLAS)

Mailing list:


The goal of the WG is to discover common approaches, foster collaboration among HEP experiments and groups, plan future software development and developing common tools.

Description of the WG

Here follows the description of the WG, its challenges and the questions which it should address, as defined by the WG itself during the Visualization session in the HSF Workshop in San Diego (see link in the meetings’ list below).

The first task of the WG was the writing of a common white paper about Visualization issues and challenges in HEP, and possible solutions, in a time scale of 5-10 years. The paper is now completed and published on arXiV:

Scope of the WG activities

Visual representation of event data overlaid with detector geometry for the purpose of HEP research, education and outreach. This representation can be static (event displays) or time-dependent (animations).

Out of scope

Visualization of detector infrastructure and systems (eg. slow control) Visualization for statistical data analysis (histograms, etc…)

WG Challenges

Some open question to shape the WG activities

Interaction with other WGs

Topics for which we will have to interact with other WGs:



HSF Workshop 2018 - Visualization session, Naples, 28 March 2018

HSF Mini-workshop on GUI, graphic libraries, interactive visualization, CERN, 7 April 2017

HSF Visualization Workshop, CERN, 28-30 March 2017

HSF Workshop, San Diego, 23-26 January 2017