Department of Computer Science

Aidan Slingsby

Lecturer in Visual and Analytic Computing

Photo of Dr Aidan Slingsby Dr Aidan Slingsby
Lecturer in Visual and Analytic Computing
Room: A304H
Department of Computer Science
School of Informatics
City University
London EC1V OHB

A.Slingsby@city.ac.uk
tel: +44 20 7040 0180
fax: +44 20 7040 8584

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Aidan is a researcher and lecturer in the giCentre. He is interested in the design and application of information visualisation for presenting and helping make sense of data, particularly for data that are spatial and temporal.

His work involves designing, creating and applying static information graphics (often map-based) and exploratory interactive techniques that facilitate exploratory visual analysis. He designs and applies these techniques in a variety of application areas including insurance, population, human movement, animal movement and ecology.

He has a background in Geography and GIS, holding a BSc (Hons) in Geology (Edinburgh), an MSc in GIS (Edinburgh) and a PhD in GIS (University College London).

 

 

Recent news

February 2014: I'm co-organising a workshop on Visually-Supported Reasoning with Uncertainty at GIScience in Vienna in September. Alan MacEachren (Penn State University) and Edzer Pebesma (University of Münster) have kindly agreed to give keynote talks. Please consider submitting something and attending to take part in the planned discussion groups.

December 2013: My paper Visual Analysis of Social Networks in Space and Time using Smartphone Logs with Roger Beecham and Jo Wood is now published.

November 2013: I gave a talk about visualising moving object data as one of the giCentre contributions to our "Great ideas for visualising data" session City Unrulyversity along with Jason, Sarah and Rick. This initiative brings audiences from some of London's newest and most innovative technology companies together with academics from City University London to exchange new ideas in a stimulating and informal environment.

October 2013: I attended IEEE Vis in Atlanta at which two coauthored pieces of work were presented: An Extensible Framework for Provenance in Human Terrain Visual Analytics (presented by Rick, Middlesex University), Creative User-Centered Visualization Design for Energy Analysts and Modelers (presented by Sarah).
October 2013: I attended NACIS in Greenville (South Carolina) at which two coauthored pieces of work were presented: Visualizing Domestic Energy Consumption of the UK presented by Sarah and Storm Uncertainty Representation: User Responses to Novel Visualization presented by Jenny Mason based on her 3 month visit to the giCentre last summer.
September 2013: I've just been appointed as Lecturer in Visual and Analytic Computing.
September 2013: I attended the conference that concluded the EU MOVE-COST Action. The action facilitated collaboration between research across Europe and the conference presented its achievements as video presentations and talks. I presented the results of his research trip to work with bird ecologists and my entry to the Nokia Data Challenge. Mary Kelly represented joint work on Irish Migration maps and Andrea Kölzsch presented joint work on visualising migrating Goose data.
August 2013: A preprint of my paper An Extensible Framework for Provenance in Human Terrain Visual Analytics with colleagues here and at Middlesex University is now available. The work - as part of an EPSRC/DSTL-funded project - considers how to support helping defence analysts explore the "human terrain" with techniques that help obtain, store and share findings. We will present this at the InfoVis conference in Atlanta this autumn.
August 2013: I gave a talk that formed part of the "Data Visualisation" Early Career Skills Workshop at the INTECOL 2013 ecological sciences conference at London's ExCel. I provided information visualisation design principles, guidelines and designs that use these principles to depict complex spatiotemporal and multivariate movement and ecology-related phenomena. Workshop participants then discussed their own data and visualisation problems in small groups, coming up with useful designs.

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Some examples and demos

Video demos on the giCentre Vimeo Channel

London bike hire graphs: last 24 hours of usage compared to last week and for any day since mid-August

OAC maps: rectangular cartograms of UK demographics and separate maps for each postcode.

Place Survey: explore the Place Survey results for Leicestershire.

Responsive Legends for Aerial Photographs: demo of a map legend for an aerial photograph that is responsive to zoom/pan.

Tag map mashups: Mashups of point-based spatial data of British placenames

Seasonal climate forecasts: Climate forecast data in Google Earth (awarded a prize by Google):.

Exploring Design Decisions for Effective Information Visualization: tutorial with software.

 

 

Key publications

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Slingsby, A., Beecham, R. and Wood, J. 2013. Visual Analysis of Social Networks in Space and Time using Smartphone Logs Pervasive and Mobile Computing 9 (6), pp848-864. [details]

Walker, R., Slingsby, A., Dykes, J., Xu, K., Wood, J., Nguyen, P., Stephens, D., Wong, W. and Zheng, Y. 2013. An Extensible Framework for Provenance in Human Terrain Visual Analytics Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 19 (12), pp2139-2148. [details]

Slingsby, A., Dykes, J. and Wood, J. 2011. Exploring Uncertainty in Geodemographics with Interactive Graphics. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 17(12), pp2384-2391 [paper]

Dykes, J., Wood, J. and Slingsby, A. 2010 Rethinking Map Legends with Visualization. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 16(6), pp890-899 [pdf | video] Honorable mention

Wood, J., Dykes, J., Slingsby, A. 2010. Visualization of Origins, Destinations and Flows with OD Maps, The Cartographic Journal 47 (2) pp117-129. DOI:10.1179/000870410X12658023467367 [pdf]

Slingsby, A., Wood, J. and Dykes, J. (2010) Treemap Cartography for showing Spatial and Temporal Traffic Patterns, Journal of Maps, v2010, 135-146. DOI: 10.4113/jom.2010.1071 [pdf | demo].

Slingsby, A., Dykes, J. and Wood, J. 2009. Configuring Hierarchical Layouts to Address Research Questions. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 15 (6), Nov-Dec 2009, pp977-984 [pdf | video] Honorable mention

Wood, J, Dykes, J., Slingsby, A. and Clarke K. 2007. Interactive visual exploration of a large spatio-temporal data set: reflections on a geovisualization mashup. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 13 (6), pp1176-1183, November/December 2007. [pdf]