Thursday, August 28, 2008

Aug 2008 International Workshops at EMBC Canada and Intel USA

EMBC AmberGlen BioMOBIUS workshopsAlong with my industrial co-PI Dr. Michael McGrath on the TRIL technology platform we recently demonstrated our BioMOBIUS research platform internationally. We were joined in these presentations by our colleagues Drs. Karl O'Donovan and Julie Doyle and our head of software Brian O'Mullane. We first showcased our toolkit at an event in Intel Amberglen Oregon. This event allowed those who attended to learn how to use BioMobius but it also allowed us to gain valuable feedback through a detailed user study of the event.

Following this event our group along with the TRIL co-director Terry Dishongh presented our EMBC workshop. Our event was on "Platform Oriented Approaches to Biomedical Application Development for In-lab and In-home Deployments" at the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Here again from a different class of user, we gained feedback through a detailed user study of the event.

The success of biomedical systems that enable research both in lab and in the home is predicated on the available of ICT solutions which can be used throughout the research community. The success of technology in other domains such as the internet, personal computers has been based on a set of fundamental tools is necessary to ensure interoperability, rapid development, and user confidence. This workshop reviewed the challenges associated with development of systems to support biomedical research both in the laboratory and in the home. The key characteristics of a reusable toolbox were defined. These tools, by necessity, will be heterogeneous and diverse – ranging from body sensor networks to mobile communication devices to home based monitoring systems. Practical demonstrations of how the features have been realized in an open, extensible and reusable toolbox based on the TRIL centre's BioMOBIUS™ research platform were included throughout the workshop.

BIOMOBIUS comprises of both hardware and software components that support rapid application prototyping and development of biomedical research systems which incorporate a wide range of monitoring capabilities.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Aug 2008 Microsoft Techtalk: Social Network Visualisation

MS IrelandOn Monday the 25th of August I gave an invited Techtalk on Social Network Visualisation at Microsoft Ireland. I was invited to present by Andrzej after meeting him at AVI 2008 in Naples Italy in June.

The talk discussed the history and purpose of social network analysis and visualisation. I also gave details on a range of interactive visual representations (algorithms and methods) for abstract relational data. This visual display of data aids in human exploration and understanding of it. It is a key research
challenge. Network Visualisation is concerend with the sourcing, management, layout, drawing, viewing and interaction with relational data.

Visualisation relies on a human to guide the application of methods, structuring of queries and control of the interaction in the pursuit of understanding. In practice, the network data of interest arises from domains including social science (criminal networks, transaction networks, standard social networks, phone-call networks and disease transmission networks), bioinformatics (metabolic networks and protein-protein interaction) and ICT (computer networks, software calls and neural networks). The essential idea in relational information visualization is that the a person’s perceptual abilities are employed to understand and explore such information. Visually, humans can perceive more patterns linking local features in the data.

While research in other fields such as data mining, machine learning and knowledge management are also attempting to aid in the analysis of such voluminous data, there is a realisation that the “human-in-the-loop” visualisation affords a visual analysis of data not possible through automation alone.

Network visualisation is a broad topic so to help contextualize it I limited the scope to social networks. As such, the focus of this talk is to survey the fundamental algorithms, methods and interaction techniques along with research in my own group required to visualise large and dynamic social networks.

Short BIO:
Dr. Aaron Quigley is a College Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin, a Principal Investigator in TRIL, an CAS IBM Visiting Scientist, UCD director of ODCSSS, coordinator for the EU FP7 SA CAPSIL and a researcher in Lero the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. His research interests include pervasive computing, software engineering, information visualisation, human computer interaction, graph drawing, location and context awareness, peer-to-peer computing, surface interaction and network analysis.

He is the Program Co-Chair for the 4th International Symposium on Location- and Context-Awareness, (LoCA 2009) Tokyo Japan, the Late Breaking Results Co-Chair, Pervasive 2008, Sydney, Australia and Program Co-Chair, PPD'08 Workshop on designing multi-touch interaction techniques for coupled public and
private displays, AVI 2008 Naples Italy. He has published over 65 internationally peer-reviewed publications including edited volumes, journal papers, book chapters, conference and workshop papers. His current team consists of 23 including; 7 postgraduate students, 2 postdocs, 3 research interns along with 11 TRIL research and developers based in UCD. At postgraduate level, he has graduated 1 PhD, 1 MSc and 6 Minor MSc thesis.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Aug 2008 Invitation to Speak SENIOR project Brussels

I have been invited to present a talk on Ubicomp User Interfaces at the SENIOR project workshop in Brussels on Ubiquitous Computing on Sept 8th.

The SENIOR project is examining issues related to ethics, privacy, and social inclusion in the context of ICT for the Elderly. The dialogue that they are conducting on these topics will lead to a roadmap for policy and technology development as this area continues to grow and evolve. As a part of this dialogue, they are conducting a series of five workshops beginning on the 8th of September, and the first one is focused upon Ubiquitous Computing, technologies expected to have a significant impact in the living environment for the elderly in the years to come.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Aug 2008 VAST 2008 and congrats to Mike Farrugia

Congratulations to Mike Farrugia one of my MSc students as he is one of the VAST 2008 Challenge Award Winners. His node-link animation submission to the contest was given one of these awards due to the "innovative visualizations, excellent analysis, and outstanding functionality demonstrated in the visual analytic environments" shown. Congrats Mike! More details here when I get them.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Aug 2008 Three new papers and a poster accepted

Along with students and colleagues we had a series of workshop and poster papers accepted recently.

  1. Rashid U. and Quigley A., "Ambient Displays in Academic Settings: Avoiding their Underutilization", Ambient Information Systems Workshop at UbiComp 2008, September 21 COEX, Seoul, South Korea

  2. Clear A.K, Shannon R., Holland T., Dobson S., Quigley A. and Nixon P., "Multiverse: parallel visualisations of multivariate context information", 2nd Workshop on Ubiquitous Systems Evaluation (USE '08) at UbiComp 2008

  3. Kenny E., Shannon R. and Quigley A., "Stay-in-touch: a system for ambient social reminders", Ambient Information Systems Workshop at UbiComp 2008, September 21 COEX, Seoul, South Korea

  4. Duffy B., Carr H. and Quigley A., Efficient Clustering for Interval Trees, poster (non-archival publication) VisWeek 2008, October 19-24 in Columbus, Ohio, USA

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

Aug 2008 CAPSIL Tokyo

Capsil LogoDr. Aaron Quigley the CAPSIL co-ordinator attended the second CAPSIL Workshop, held in Waseda University Tokyo from 30-31, July. He presented a co-ordinator report to the CAPSIL consortium members.

CAPSIL (International Support Action of a Common Awareness and Knowledge Platform for Studying and Enabling Independent Living) is an EU funded support action under FP7. This workshop brought together consortium members from three regions (US, Japan, and EU). These represent extensive teams who are developing hardware/software/knowledge solutions in independent living. Each CAPSIL meeting will have an increasingly expansive set of objectives in order to involve the entire independent living community from all three regions (US, Japan, and EU), in the process of developing our roadmap and instantiating CAPSILs. Included during the two day event was a visit to the Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Biomedical Sciences along with policy, funding and independant living research presentations from, Prof. Toshiyo Tamura (Chiba University), Mr. Dai Hiyama (Yamatake Co.), Mr. Tatsuya Yamazaki (NICT) and Mr. Kunihiko Niwa (JST/CRDS).

Each of the work packages within CAPSIL will be used to create the technical research roadmap for independent living. This roadmap will be used to help inform upcoming funding calls in the EU, Japan and the US.
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