I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria, specializing in information visualization and human computer interaction.
I conduct research on designing and studying new interactions for visualizations and on understanding how people may make use of and interact with visualizations in their everyday lives. I am particularly interested in designing visualization tools for authoring personal visualizations and for exploring and communicating open data; in sports visualization; and in visualization beyond the desktop.
Before joining UVic, I was a Lecturer (eq. Assistant Professor) in the Department of Computer Science at City, University of London, and part of the giCentre research group. Before joining City, I was a Post-doc in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary, InnoVis, with Sheelagh Carpendale. I obtained my PhD on Direct Manipulation for Information Visualization, at Université Paris Sud-XI in 2014, under the supervision of Jean-Daniel Fekete in the INRIA team AVIZ and Frédéric Vernier in the LIMSI-CNRS team AMI.
I am actively looking for MSc and PhD students interested in working on topics related to information visualization and human-computer interaction. More information available at the prospective students page.
My co-authors presented two papers at VIS this year: Tanja Blascheck presented the TVCG paper Exploration Strategies for Discovery of Interactivity in Visualizations; and Mathieu Le Goc presented the InfoVis paper Dynamic Composite Data Physicalization Using Wheeled Micro-Robots. I presented an Annotated Portfolio at the Vis Arts Program called Cycles and (A)Symmetry | Exploring the Design of Shareable Personal Visualizations. I also presented the second iteration of the related InfoVis poster: The Symmetry of My Life II. Mathieu Le Goc further presented our workshop paper on Embedded Personal Physicalizations; Johannes Liem presented both a demo at the Vis Arts Program and a poster that was awarded the InfoVis Best Poster Award on using GeoBlobs to visualize WWI hand-written diaries. Finally, Fateme Rajabiyazdi presented the InfoVis poster 'Personal Patient-Generated Data Visualizations for Diabetes Patients', and Aidan Slingsby the InfoVis poster 'Characterising Farms by the Movement of Animals Through Them'.
After a year and a half spent at City, University of London, I will come back to Canada in October this year, starting an Assistant Professor position at the University of Victoria.
I presented our State of the Art of Sports Data Visualization, joint work with Romain Vuillemot, Chad Stolper, John Stasko, Jo Wood and Sheelagh Carpendale, at EuroVis in Brno, Czech Republic.
Dynamic composite physicalizations are a new class of physical visualizations that use collections of self-propelled objects to represent data
An updated autobiographical visualization of the past 30 months of my life that shows work and personal activities, steps, floors, emails, SVN commits, and contextual annotations.
A deconstruction of Brushing and Linking into source, link and target - from which we design and build MyBrush, which supports personal agency over Brushing and Linking.
An exploration of Active Reading of Visualizations that provides evidence that people do more than simply looking when presented visualizations.