Dr Alan Cannon

Research Fellow

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Dr Alan Cannon is a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University’s Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation specialising in software evaluation, information visualisation, interaction design and data-driven web technologies. 

He is currently involved in the research and development of interactive web and intranet services for the university. Prior work in this area includes supporting the Europe-wide Reorient transport project through a custom collaborative web-based environment and a number of commercial projects for SMEs and NGOs. 

Previously he has acted as usability engineer and evaluation expert on the multi-year MATSE visualisation project helping develop a novel time-series visual analytics technique. Other visualisation research includes the Taxvis project where he evaluated interactive visualisations to support RBGE taxonomists in working with complex data sets; the design and evaluation of dashboard visualisations for project management software; and the design and development of a geo-visualisation of Scottish letting data.

Other research project experience includes evaluating natural language interfaces of artificial companions in the collaborative European Companions project. He also has extensive experience in commercialisation activities with a number of commercial partners.

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  • 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.
  • Interaction Design
    Interaction Design is concerned with the design of interactive objects and spaces and with the delivery of high quality user experiences (UX). For example, expressive interaction describes the range of new forms of human-computer interaction that are made available through technologies based on...
  • Software Systems
    The institute's expertise in software engineering encompasses the entire development lifecycle, and we focus on developing the approaches and tools to improve the engineering process of both emerging and widely used software systems.
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    Craig, P., Cannon, A., Kukla, R., Kennedy, J. (2013). MaTSE: the gene expression time-series explorer. BMC Bioinformatics, 14(Suppl 19), (S1), .

    Craig, P., Cannon, A., Kukla, R., Kennedy, J. (2012). MaTSE: The Microarray Time-Series Explorer. In: Roerdink, J., Hibbs, M. (Eds.) Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis), 2012 , , () ( ed.). (pp. 41-48). : . IEEE.

    Craig, P., Kennedy, J., Kukla, R., Cannon, A. (2010). Pattern Browsing and Query Adjustment for the Exploratory Analysis and Cooperative Visualisation of Microarray Time-course Data. In: Luo, Y. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualisation and Engineering, 6240/2010, () ( ed.). (pp. 199-206). Mallorca, Spain: . Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

    Kennedy, J., Cannon, A. (2009). Form. In: Liu, L., Özsu, M. Tamer (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Database Systems, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . Springer-Verlag.

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