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Research Seminar Series

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START DATE 15 February 2017

Oasis Theatre

END DATE 15 February 2017

We are pleased to invite you to our weekly Research Seminar Series on Wednesday February 15th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 190 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is:

A Case Study in Human Centred Visualisation: Principles, Questions and Inspirations

Simon Attfield

Middlesex University London


Interactive visualisations are tools which are intended to help users explore data in the interests of deriving insight. Designing the right information visualisation for a given user-problem however remains as much an art as it is science. In this talk, I will walk through the problem, design and evaluation of a visualisation tool for patterns of life analysis. I will show how some general principles as well as some less general principles were brought to bear on design decisions and how inspiration also arrived from an artist’s videos of flocking birds. One of the questions I will engage with is whether the use of animation in visualisation can provide analytic advantage. I also report an experimental evaluation of the system with users which addressed some questions of user performance and user experience with the system.


Dr. Simon Attfield is Associate Professor of Human Centred Technology at the Interaction Design Centre, Middlesex University. His research involves understanding how people think about and work with information, processes involved in sensemaking, and implications for interactive systems design, including the design and evaluation of information visualisation. He has conducted user-research in military signals intelligence and patterns of life analysis, crime-analysis, news writing, corporate investigations and healthcare. He teaches Human Computer Interaction and Interaction Design. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.Sc. in Experimental Psychology from Sussex University, and a Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction from University College London.

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