I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria, where I lead the UViz research group (awesome website to appear soon) specializing in information visualization and human computer interaction.
At UViz we 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. We are 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.
One more IEEE VIS conference! This year, UViz is represented with two co-authored InfoVis papers: What is Interaction for Data Visualization? led by Evanthia Dimara; and Investigating Direct Manipulation of Graphical Encodings as a Method for User Interaction led by Bahador Saket and with Samuel Huron and Alex Endert. Jorin Weatherston will also present his poster on 'Visualizing Unquantifiable Uncertainty in Drug Checking Test Results', in collaboration with Peggy Storey. Jorin, Andrea Castaneda and Jimmy Lai will be attending VIS for the first time, and for the first time UVic will co-sponsor the publicly acclaimed and award-winning West Coast Party.
Five grad students joined the UViz research group. Andrea Castaneda Bueno (MSc), Jimmy Lai (MSc), Maybins Lengwe (PhD, with Jens Weber), and Mona Malik (MSc) are starting at UVic. Jan Hombeck is also joining us as a visiting Masters student from Koblenz, Germany (with Kai Lawonn).
I participated in the Dagstuhl seminar on Mobile Visualization.
I got awarded my first NSERC Discovery Grant, 'From Personal Data Visualization to Data-Empowered Citizens', along with a Discovery Launch Supplement.
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.