SICSA DVF: Professor Sheelagh Carpendale, Thinking about Interacting with Information in our Everyday Lives

Date(s) - 15/05/2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Edinburgh Napier University

We are pleased to invite you to the following talk given by SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Professor Sheelagh Carpendale

Thinking about Interacting with Information in our Everyday Lives


While the catch phrase these days is ‘big data’ it is often accompanied by the assumption that it is matched with big industry and big science. However, as individuals we are becoming more aware that data is also impinging on our personal lives. Since my over-arching research goal has long been to design, develop, and evaluate interactive visualizations so that they support our everyday practices as we view, represent, manage, and interact with information, I am interested in this impact. I still think that interaction is the key to exploration and manipulation capabilities that can make information comprehension viable. In this talk, I will show how the currently shifting information climate is opening up new research opportunities. I will discuss the interplay between small data and big data considering the potential for empowering ourselves in our everyday lives


Sheelagh Carpendale is a SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow to Scotland this May. She is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Visualisation and NSERC/AITF/SMART Technologies Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Technologies. She has received many awards including the E.W.R. NSERC STEACIE Memorial Fellowship; a BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts Interactive Awards); an ASTech Innovations in Technology Award; and the CHCCS Achievement Award. She leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group and initiated interdisciplinary graduate programs in Computational Media Design. Her research on information visualisation, large interactive displays, and new media draws on her background in Computer Science, Art and Design (Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr, Institute of Art and Design, Sheridan College, School of Design). She has found the combined visual arts and computing science background invaluable in her information visualisation research.

The host of this DVF is Miguel Nacenta

Please contact Natalie Kerracher if you have any questions.


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