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Segal Seminar Series

Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary

May 6, 2014,4: 00 - 5: 00p.m.
Technological Institute (Tech)
Room LR5
2145 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Interactive Visualization


My over-arching research goal is to design, develop, and evaluate interactive visualizations so that they support the everyday practices of how people view, represent, manage, and interact with information. To this end, I have followed four intertwined themes: process, representation, presentation, and interaction. My research process convolves art, science, and design practices, and has become a topic of research in itself. Representation is development of accurate and revealing data-to-visual mappings. Presentation is the act of displaying visuals, emphasizing and organizing areas of interest. Interaction is the key to exploration and manipulation capabilities that can make information comprehension viable. In this talk, I will show how each theme is opening up to indicate exciting new directions and end by discussing how the currently shifting information climate is opening up new opportunities. In this light I will discuss the interplay between small data and big data considering the potential for empowering ourselves in our everyday lives.


Sheelagh Carpendale is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Calgary where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization and NSERC/AITF/SMART Technologies Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Technologies. Her research contributions have been multiply recognized.  She has received 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, which is presented periodically to a Canadian researcher who has made a substantial contribution to the fields of computer graphics, visualization, or human-computer interaction.  She leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group and initiated the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Computational Media Design. Her research on information visualization, large interactive displays, and new media draws on her dual background in Computer Science (BSc. and Ph.D. Simon Fraser University) and Visual Arts (Sheridan College, School of Design and Emily Carr, College of Art). She is an internationally renowned leader in both information visualization and multi-touch tabletop interaction and has recently served in such roles as Papers, Program, or Conference Chair for IEEE InfoVis, and ACM Tabletop and has received both the IEEE and ACM recognition of service awards.

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