Research Excellence

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) data have been released. The exercise, carried out every 6 years by the UK higher education funding bodies,, is used to assess the quality of research in UK academic institutions. Research was divided into 36 thematic areas and rated on a 5 point scale in a categories including academic output, wider impact and research environment. 

The giCentre has provided an interactive visualization of the results that allow the 50,000 items of data and various ranking metrics to be explored.

Puzzling Seminar

Prof. Marc van Kreveld visited in November to give a research seminar in the Department of Computer Science.

Mark's talk "Puzzles in Wood, Puzzles on Paper, and Puzzles in Bytes" focused on puzzles, their design and difficulty.

The talk included plenty of examples, with puzzles that use wood, metal and paper, some of which Marc had designed and made. 

The talk was relevant to a variety of work undertaken in the School of Mathematics,Computer Science and Engineering including our research involving games, physical objects, creativity and mathematics.

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.