VC @ Manchester

Posted: December 14th, 2008 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Last Friday I was in the University of Manchester to give a talk on the topic of Network Visualization. I finally got to meet Martin Dodge, who is a lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Environment and Development, and has indirectly contributed to my growing interest in the area of Data Visualization. Martin is the man behind the classic and highly influential Atlas of Cyberspace - a major precursor in this field and a strong influence in the birth of VisualComplexity.com. The Atlas went live in 1997, and although it stopped being updated in 2004, the work has been a remarkable source of inspiration for early explorers in this area. One of the books resulting from the large body of work collected at the site has been recently made available for free in PDF format. All the chapters can now be downloaded here.

I also had the chance to meet Martin J. Turner, who is Visualization Team Leader at the Research Computing Services, and the co-organizer of the ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter - University of Manchester series of talks. We had a brief but insightful discussion on the new challenges of cartography and graph drawing, highlighting some problems that I might explore here soon.