Puzzling Seminar

Prof. Marc van Kreveld will be visiting us to give a research seminar in the Department of Computer Science.

We look forward to hearing Mark's talk "Puzzles in Wood, Puzzles on Paper, and Puzzles in Bytes" in which he focuses on puzzles, their design and difficulty.

There will be plenty of examples, including puzzles that use wood, metal and paper, some of which Marc has designed and made. 

The talk relates to various interests in the School of Mathematics,Computer Science and Engineering including games, physical objects, creativity and mathematics.

It will be on Weds 26th November, in AG07 from 12:30 - 2pm.

giCentre at IEEE Vis 2014

This year IEEE VIS was held in Europe (Paris) for the first time. giCentre researchers made contributions throughout the week.

VIS kicked off with a series workshops. Rafael Henkin presented an entry to the VAST Challenge that was given an Honourable Mention and Natalie and Gennady Andrienko presented an award winning entry using their Semantic Spaces methodology. Roger Beecham delivered a paper on Map Line-ups at the  DECISIVe workshop, Cagatay Turkay presented at a workshop on Visualization for Predictive Analytics and Jason Dykes co-lead a workshop on the Future of Vis.

During the conference itself, giCentre researchers were involved in four paper presentations:   Attribute Signatures, an approach to analysing multivariate data; Stenomaps, a new technique for simplified representations of spatial data; Perceptually Uniform Motion Space, a study of factors that affect motion perception; and a Multi-channel Approach to Data Visualization, which reflects on four years of collaborative design and analysis with colleagues at TfL. In addition, Sarah Goodwin presented a well-received poster on Multivariate Correlation and having been papers chair in 2012 and 2013, Jason chaired this year's IEEE Information Visualization conference.

As well as enjoying some Parisian gastronomy, the conference culminated with a bike ride around Paris and its hinterlands. 

giCentre at GIScience

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giCentre researchers attended the Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science at the Vienna University of Technology. This bi-annual forum is the premier venue for research in the discipline.

An ICA Commission on GeoVisualization Workshop on GeoVisual Analytics had well received contributions from PhD candidate Sarah Goodwin and Dr Cagatay Turkay whose approaches allow analysts to interactively assess the effects of scale as they explore multiple attributes of geographic locations.

The meeting involved a touching tribute to giCentre friend and colleague Professor Peter Fisher who passed away suddenly in May. Pete received a minute's applause. Jason Dykes also paid tribute to Pete, who supervised Jason's PhD, in a keynote lecture in which he described giCentre approaches to creative cartography that combine Information Visualization and more traditional cartography. You can find links to the various resources used and mentioned in an accompanying blog posting.