PhD studentship opportunities at giCentre

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Computer Science is offering two fully-funded PhD studentships to start in October 2015. This is an exciting opportunity to spend three years working on cutting edge research in central London.

The giCentre would like to encourage strong candidates with research interests in Information Visualization and Visual Analytics to apply for the positions. We have particular interests in spatial and temporal aspects of data and analysis, but not exclusively so. We also welcome candidates from relevant non-computer-science backgrounds. More details about us and our research centre are at http://www.gicentre.net/.

If you're interested in this opportunity, please contact us via gicentre@city.ac.uk with your research idea as a draft proposal. If it fits with our research interests, we will help you develop the proposal for application to the Department of Computer Science.

The absolute deadline for applications is 25 May 2015, but if you would like us to help develop your proposal, please communicate with us by 11th May 2015.

The studentships will be very competitive and candidates need to have very good profiles, including good first and further degrees at high ranking institutions. A record of publication in recognised peer-reviewed fora would be a distinct advantage.

Please see full details of the studentships at http://www.city.ac.uk/citygraduateschool/fees-and-funding/university-doctoral-studentships, under the "School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering: 6 Doctoral Studentships" heading.

City Unrulyversity Visualization

Jason Dykes and Jo Wood are participating in the Spring Term of City's 'pop-up' University.

City Unrulyversity consists of workshops run by academics from City, intended to "inform, inspire, and empower the next generation of Tech City entrepreneurs".

Sessions are on Wednesday evenings at Unruly Media just off Brick Lane and bookable through EventBrite.  

Jo is "Telling Stories with Data Visualization" and Jason is exploring ways of "Using UX and Visualization to Give You an Edge?" with UX consultant Paula de Matos.

You can get reports of the sessions and see pictures through the @CityUnruly twitter feed.

Visualization Analysis & Design

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Professor Tamara Munzner of the University of British Columbia visited the giCentre in early February.

Tamara gave a giCentre research seminar outlining the approaches to visualization presented in her new book Visualization Analysis & Design.

The book provides a comprehensive and systematic answer to the question - how do we design systems that use visual representations of data to help people carry out data dependent tasks more effectively?

The seminar did so too - introducing Tamara's framework for analyzing the design of visualization systems to ensure that designs are effective for particular tasks and data sets across a variety of application areas.