Research Associate Position in Interactive Visual Analysis for Decision-Making

The giCentre is seeking a Research Associate in Visualisation to work on the EU funded Project DiSIEM. The post is on researching Interactive Visualisation methods for Supporting Decision-Making in Diverse Cyber-Security Systems.

The post-holder will be doing research on designing and developing novel interactive visualisation mechanisms to enable cyber security experts to better understand, evaluate and take action in response to the dynamic and increasingly heterogeneous data sources available related to the state of an organisation's digital systems.

The position is within the H2020 funded “DiSIEM – Diversity Enhancements for SIEMs” and is for a fixed term of 36 months and is available from 1 September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. The project is coordinated by University of Lisbon and the consortium also has 5 industrial partners, EDP, ATOS, Amadeus, Digital MR, and Fraunhofer Institute. The project is an innovation action and in addition to excellent research, we strive to deliver deployable quality solutions.

You will be based within the giCentre, and in addition to the partners from the project, you will be working closely with researchers from both giCentre and City's CSR research centre

We expect you to have a PhD degree (either awarded or thesis submitted) or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline possibly within Computer Science or related fields. We will be looking for expertise and publication record in visualisation, visual-analytics, human-computer interaction, and human factors in visualisation design. In addition, knowledge in machine-learning and/or data mining approaches to data analysis is beneficial for the project. 

We will be working together to design and develop effective visualisation solutions within a web-based system, therefore a good knowledge of programming skills, preferably in JavaScript, D3, and/or other popular programming languages such as Python, Java, and/or R is essential.

The salary for the post will be according to the salary scale table available here and the starting level is Grade 5b 31. Currently, the deadline for the application is 15 June 2016.

For questions and/or to have a discussion about the project and the post, please feel free to contact Cagatay Turkay (Cagatay.Turkay.1@city.ac.uk). Further details and the application forms are available through City's application system on this link.

PhD Studentships at giCentre

Our school is offering a number of fully-funded, 3-year, full-time PhD studentships.

The giCentre is looking for excellent candidates with research interests that match those of the giCentre. Broadly, this is research that relates to developing and applying new techniques for visualizing data in a variety of contexts: from 'big data' to personalised data presentation, from visual analytics to visual story-telling, from cartography and GIS to statistical graphics. There are a few ideas here. This is a great opportunity to work spend three years working in with the giCentre and Central London.

The doctoral studentship provides an annual tax-free bursary (£16,000 in 2015/16). Successful applicants will be expected to provide 3 hours per week support for teaching in the School. Continuation of the studentship after the first year is subject to confirmation of satisfactory progress.  

The school will judge candidate on the basis of academic achievement and potential to produce cutting edge-research.

The application deadline is 26th May 2016.

Please contact us if you're interested and would like to discuss your ideas. Either email gicentre@city.ac.uk or contact one of the giCentre staff directly. We will help you develop proposals that interest us, but initial ideas should come from you in the the proposals need to come from you to start with. Working with data visualisation and visual analytics, topics of interest include applying these techniques to helping understand uncertainty and data qualitydata analysis (particularly involving geographical and high-dimensional data ) and evaluation. We have expertise in these fields and across a range of application areas.

Full details about the studentships are available at: http://www.city.ac.uk/city-graduate-school/fees-and-funding/university-doctoral-studentships

Data Driven Storytelling

Jo Wood and Jason Dykes attended Dagstuhl 16061 on Data Driven Storytelling.

The meeting was coordinated by Sheelagh Carpendale (University of Calgary, CA), Nick Diakopoulos (University of Maryland, US), Nathalie Henry Riche (Microsoft Research, US) and Christophe Hurter (ENAC, FR) - all on the front row. It brought together key researchers in visualization and journalism from academic and industry.

Jo presented his work on the One Year Time Trial including his graphic depiction of Steve Abrahams' year of day and night riding.

Jason presented some ideas on self-expanatory exploratory interfaces, though he was better at producing examples of bad cases of various forms than good ones.

Participants in the Data Driven Storytelling workshop, Dagstuhl February 2016.