Jason Dykes

Jason Dykes is Professor of Visualization at the giCentre, where he uses techniques from Cartography, Information Visualization, Computer Science and GIScience to develop novel maps and graphics. These interactive interfaces to data help generate insights and communicate trends in a variety of domains. The work has involved collaborations with, for example, climatologists, historical geographers, animal ecologists, the defence science and technology laboratory, local government, the insurance industry, the national academic data service, criminal intelligence analysts and energy providers. It has been recognised through four successive 'Best Paper' prizes at GIS Research UK meetings for innovative visualization work (2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010). Other giCentre palmares include 'Honorable Mentions' at IEEE InfoVis in 2009 and 2010, the Best Paper award at IEEE EuroVIS 2014, prizes in the IEEE VAST Challenge in 2009 and 2010 for innovative applied visualization and awards from Google, Nokia and The GeoInformation Group.

Co-chair of the ICA Commission on GeoVisualization and lead editor of 'Exploring Geovisualization' (Dykes et al., 2005), Jason is chair of IEEE Information Visualization 2014 in Paris having twice acted as papers chair (2012-13). He was made a National Teaching Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in 2005 and has given keynotes at the AutoCarto and GISRUK conferences.

Talk: "[Geographic | Information] Visualization"

Abstract: Work at the giCentre at City University London creatively explores interactions between Cartography and Information Visualization - between the development and study of symbolised depictions of geographical settings and the use of physical space in graphics to represent non-spatial relationships.

This talk will focus on recent work in which we design and develop novel maps and graphics by adding structure to geographic representations to help with comparison and geography to non-spatial representations to reveal geographic relationships.

I'll show how we use these partial geographies to reveal voting behaviours, manage a cycle hire scheme, find structure in migration patterns, analyse user contributed photo streams, present the UK census on a single page and provide an exploratory public-facing interface to data on local government service provision.

The talk will introduce ideas for design and development that draw upon these giCentre applications and experiences as we develop the design space between geographic visualization and information visualization.

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