Date: 13 May 2015
Location: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, School of Computing, Queen Mother Building
Host: Dr David Flatla
Data Sketching: An Approach to Information Visualization Innovation
ABSTRACT: Modern society demands that people manage, communicate, and interact with digital information at an ever-increasing pace. While we all want to be informed, we do not want to experience this information as stress. It is not the information itself that is the problem, but the manner in which we are bombarded with information in forms that are often hard to interpret. One question is how do we best represent information in a manner provokes interpretation, exploration and appreciation, inviting direct interaction that reveals the data. This is a non-trivial challenge. How do we provide spatial representations of non-spatial data that are not only true to the data but help reveal patterns and characteristics of intrinsically non-spatial data such as text and tables of numbers? In this presentation I will explore issues in visual representation as process for developing accurate and revealing data-to-visual mappings. I will discuss this in context of my on-going research, the movement of visualization into our everyday lives and the practice of data sketching.
BIO: Sheelagh Carpendale is a SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow to Scotland this May. She is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Visualisation and NSERC/AITF/SMART Technologies Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Technologies. She has received many awards including the E.W.R. NSERC STEACIE Memorial Fellowship; a BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts Interactive Awards); an ASTech Innovations in Technology Award; and the CHCCS Achievement Award. She leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group and initiated interdisciplinary graduate programs in Computational Media Design. Her research on information visualisation, large interactive displays, and new media draws on her background in Computer Science, Art and Design (Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr, Institute of Art and Design, Sheridan College, School of Design). She has found the combined visual arts and computing science background invaluable in her information visualisation research.