Aidan Slingsby
Lecturer in Visual and Analytic Computing

giCentre, Department of Computer Science, City University London


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I am a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and part of the giCentre research group. I am 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.

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

I have 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

April 2016: The School has some fully-funded three-year PhD studentships. We are looking for excellent candidates with research interested in aspects of geographical data visualisation and analyses. These will be very competitive and the School will be looking for candidates with strong publication potential. Please contact us for more information and we can help you develop your proposal. More details are here and the closing date is 26th May.
March 2016: Our paper Exploratory Visual Analysis for Animal Movement Ecology has been accepted at the EuroVis conference in Groningen (Netherlands). It will be presented in June and will appear as a paper in Computer Graphics Forum. My co-author is Emiel van Loon, a movement ecologist from the University of Amsterdam.
March 2016: Our paper Faceted Views of Varying Emphasis (FaVVEs): a framework for visualising multi-perspective small multiples has been accepted at the EuroVis conference in Groningen (Netherlands). It will be presented in June and will appear as a paper in Computer Graphics Forum. The work was led by Chris Rooney (Middlesex) and Roger Beecham (City) with other co-authors as Sebastian Meier, Jason Dykes, Cagatay Turkay, Jo Wood and William Wong.
January 2016: Rob Weibel (Zurich), Urska Demar (St Andrew's) and I had our workshop proposal Visually-supported Computational Movement Analysis accepted for the Agile conference in Helsinki this summer. We are looking for short paper contributions from those who do visually-supported analysis of movement in any domain and entries to our data challenge.
December 2015: I have joined the papers committees for both the EuroVA workshop at EuroVis (June) and the InfoVis conference at IEEE VIS (October) and look forward to reviewing and helping coordinate the reviewing process.
December 2015: I acted as external PhD examiner to Azira Ab Aziz at the School of Management at Southampton University. She looked at how the Reperatory Grid and Personal Construct theory could be applied to evaluating knowledge visualisation. I'm pleased to say that she passed, subject to some corrections - well done!
October 2015: I attended IEEE VIS in Chicago where co-authors presented one full paper and four posters.
August 2015: Four posters I have co-authored have been accepted at IEEE VIS in Chicago: Informing Non-Response Bias Model Creation in Social Surveys with Visualisation, Exploring Temporal Granularities with Visualization, Multi-Perspective Synopsis with Faceted Views of Varying Emphasis and Supporting crime analysis through visual design.
July 2015: Sarah, Jason, Cagatay and I have the paper "Visualizing Multiple Variables Across Scale and Geography" accepted for presentation at IEEE VIS in Chicago this October and publication in Transactions of Visualization and Computer Graphics.

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Current projects

Surveys: ERSC-funded project ADDResponse in which we are identifying factors (some of which are geographical) that may affect survey non-response and whether these can be used for weighting responses.

Transport: TSB-funded project FareVis, where we and a number of commercial partners are investigating geographical and temporal variation in train fares.

Visual analytics for criminal intelligence: EU-funded VALCRI project where we - and 17 other institutions from across Europe - are designing and implementing techniques that apply visual analytics to criminal intelligence analysis. We are using some of the ideas from our previous EPSRC/DSTL-funded DaisyDiva project.

Weather: At 12:39 on 31/05/16, my weather station reported a temperature of 11.4°C with 1.2mm of rain so far today and an average wind speed of 27km/h (42km/h gust) in a N direction. More on Weather Underground.

Teaching and supervision

I teach Business Intelligence and Analytics (data analysis with an emphasis on visual analysis and presentation; INM451), Visual Analytics (the science and practice of combining computational and analysis analysis; INM433) and Programming in Java (object-oriented programming with Java) to Postgraduates and Object Oriented Programming (principles of object-oriented programming with Java; EE2425) to Undergraduates.

This teaching contributes to our MSc in Business Systems and Design, the MSc in Data Science and our Undergraduate Engineering programme.

I also supervise Undergraduate Computer Science projects, MSc projects in data analysis and visualisation and Rafael Henkin's PhD project in temporal visual analysis. I'm open to supervising projects that relate to my research interests.


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.

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

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


Key publications

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Turkay, C., Slingsby, A., Hauser, H., Wood, J. & Dykes, J. (2014). Attribute Signatures: Dynamic Visual Summaries for Analyzing Multivariate Geographical Data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics [details]

Slingsby, A., Dykes, J., Wood, J. & Radburn, R. 2014. Designing an Exploratory Visual Interface to the Results of Citizen Surveys. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, doi: 10.1080/13658816.2014.920845 [details]

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]