Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sept 2008 IEEE TableTop Session Chair

Our FTIR Tabletop in UCdLater this week I will be a session chair for Session 6 on Different Views: Display Techniques for Interactive Surfaces at Tabletop'08 the 3rd IEEE Tabletops and Interactive Surfaces Conference in Amsterdam. After being on the PC and reviewing many excellent papers I'm looking forward to attending both the bootcamp on FTIR development on Wednesday and the conference on Thursday and Friday. We have built a very large FTIR table that you can see to the left here so I'd like to learn more about possible refinements to improve its robustness etc. Our current projects with this surface revolve around collaborative visualisation in the Many-Hands project and coupling it with personal displays in coupled displays.

"The use of the tabletop as an input/output device is an exciting and emerging research area. This cross-disciplinary domain brings together experts in projector based display systems, augmented reality, user interface technologies, multi-modal interaction, input and sensing technologies, CSCW, and information visualization.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together leading researchers in the field so that they can present and exchange current results of ongoing investigations. The 3rd IEEE TABLETOP Workshop will be held on October 2-3, 2008 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with Sriram Subramanian & Shahram Izadi as TABLETOP Co-Chairs."

TableTop Logo

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sept 2008 VAST Challenge committee travel grant to Mike Farrugia

Mike Farrugia won an award for his submission to the IEEE VAST research contest. As part of this he will be presenting in the USA next month.

Animating Multivariate Dynamic Social Networks Node-Link Animation (Cell Phone mini challenge) - Michael Farrugia, Aaron Quigley

The VAST Challenge committee chairs have also awarded him a travel grant to support his attendance at the conference from the NSF SEMVAST (Scientific Evaluation Methods for Visual Analytics Science and Technology) grant. This is a great achievement for a graduate student holding down a full time job and working on his graduate studies part time. Kudos to Mike and his employers for supporting his time with this.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sept 2008 UbiComp 2008 workshops

This week two of my students and some of my collaborators presented three workshop papers we had accepted at the UbiComp 2008 Workshops in Korea. These papers will form the basis for full paper submissions to future conferences and Journals as the methods, models and techniques are refined and validated through experiments (both user study and simulation).


  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

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sept 2008 Clique: Graph & Network Analysis Cluster Site Visit

I am one of the six Principal Investigators for the proposed Clique: Graph & Network Analysis Strategic Research Cluster (SRC). I lead the Visulisation workpackage within the Clique cluster. On the 11th of September along with my collaborators, industry partners and collaborating academic participants we had our full day site visit from an international review panel appointed by the SFI. As you can appreciate both the pre-proposal and full proposal required considerable effort to develop. After the pre-proposal and then full international postal reviews (which were very complete and detailed) we were one of the very few groups to be called to a site visit to present our cluster proposal.

The cluster program requires substantive engagement with local SMEs and larger corporations. CLIQUE has this with a great set of complementary industry partners. For this SRC this engagement is crucial as our partners have access to the voluminous data and applied research questions. These and other issues can give rise to insightful questions but yet basic research challenges. The entire process is very rigourous with substantial international peer-review at each stage. The site visit itself was an amazing opportunity to present our proposal to a panel of academic and industrial researchers leaders. I went first (No pressure!) after our cluster lead P√°draig Cunningham presented the cluster overview. Their questions and feedback were welcome, challenging and engaging! Clearly, the research problems identified here, when solved in Ireland can yield both high quality research outputs for us and significant industry impact.

In CLIQUE, we believe that research in data analysis in the coming years will be transformed by access to large-scale data resources. An area of particular importance in data analysis is the study of collections of entities and the links between them. This research cluster will address the development of computational techniques for the analysis and visualisation of such network data. The research will be driven by the requirements of network analysis in social networks and biological networks. While these are two quite different application areas, at a data level the problems have similar structure and the practice of applying techniques developed in one area to the other is well established. In particular the transfer of techniques developed for social network analysis to biological networks has had a huge impact in recent years.