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

September 2014: I was at GIScience in Vienna. I co-organised a workshop on uncertainty at which I presented joint work on Visualisation of Uncertainty in a Geodemographic Classifer [pdf] and The Challenge of Communicating Causes of Death and their Uncertainty [pdf]. Thanks to all contributors!
Joint work with me was also presented in other workshops: Rafael presented Designing Interactive Graphics for Exploring Sea-Bird Foraging Trips [pdf], Cagatay presented Interactive Generation of Visual Summaries for Multivariate Geographical Data Analysis [pdf], Sarah presented Visualizing the Effects of Scale and Geography in Multivariate Comparison [pdf] and Nick Tate presented Type-2 Fuzzy Sets Applied to Geodemographic Classification.

August 2014: Alex, Rafael and I won an honourable mention for our entry to the VAST Challenge (Mini Challenge 1) this year. This annual competition asks participants to do visual analytics on a large dataset to answer questions that is usually related to a crime or terrorism scenario.

July 2014: Pete Fisher's work Type-2 Fuzzy Sets Applied to Geodemographic Classification with Nick Tate and me has been accepted as an extended abstract at GIScience in Vienna, Austria in September. The work suggests design options for studying the relationship between time on the nest and subsequent foraging trips.

July 2014: Rafael's work Designing Interactive Graphics for Exploring Sea-Bird Foraging Trips with me and Emiel van Loon has been accepted at the Analysis of Movement Workshop at GIScience in Vienna, Austria in September. The work suggests design options for studying the relationship between time on the nest and subsequent foraging trips.

July 2014: Sarah's work Visualizing the Effects of Scale and Geography in Multivariate Comparison with Jason and me has been accepted at the GeoVisual Analytics: Interactivity, Dynamics, and Scale Workshop at GIScience in Vienna, Austria in September. The work considers visualisation options for helping assess variables' suitabilities for a geodemographic classifier.

June 2014: Cagatay's paper Attribute Signatures: Dynamic Visual Summaries for Analyzing Multivariate Geographical Data with me, Helwig Hauser, Jason and Jo was accepted at Infovis at IEEE VIS, which will be held in Paris this November. The work is about geographically exploring high-dimensional data, using UK census data as a case study.

June 2014: I was invited to a Geometric Algorithms in the Field workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. The workshop brought together researchers in computational geometry, GIS, visualisation, robotics and surface/volume and allowing us to form cross-discipline research collaborations.

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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]