SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Sheelagh Carpendale to give talk: Thinking about Interacting with Information in our Everyday Lives. Friday 15th May

05/05/2015 Friday 15th May, 2pm-3pm, Room F12, Merchiston

Friday 15th  May, 2pm-3pm, Room F12

Edinburgh Napier University 

Thinking about Interacting with Information in our Everyday Lives

 Professor Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary



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.



Room F12

Edinburgh Napier University

Merchiston Campus

10 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT


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Associated people

Natalie Kerracher
Research Student
+44 131 455 2798
Information Visualisation
Information visualisation is the use of enhanced Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to communicate and interact with complex data sets such as social networks, multiattribute tables, and financial data. Pages of text and numbers are not the most effective way to communicate or understand information.